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Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ William Boyd William Boyd ¸ 7 Read Review Ó Brazzaville Beach 107 Hed up like driftwood on Brazzaville Beach It is here on the distant lonely outskirts of Africa where she must come to terms with the perplexing and troubling circumstances of her recent past For Hope is a survivor of the devastating cruelities o. Of chimps and humansAs Hope Clearwater sits on the beach outside her home in the Republic of the Congo she looks back over the circumstances of her life that have brought her here her marriage to mathematician John Clearwater and her later work at Grosso Arvore a chimpanzee research project run by the world famous primate expert Eugene Mallabar The two stories though separate have the common theme of the pursuit of scientific fame and the toll that can take on those who fail There are other themes too the war that rumbles on in the Congo the evolutionary and genetic links between human and chimp and a third story of Hope s love affair with Usman Shoukry an Egyptian mercenary pilot fighting on the pro government side in the war though this strand has less weight than the other twoWhile each strand is told linearly in time the book cuts between them so that the reader is following them all simultaneously Hope s marriage to John is happy at first She is contentedly working as an ecologist mapping ancient hedgerows while John is immersed in the study of chaos theory a subject Hope can t even pretend to understand but she does understand John s passion for it Gradually though as John repeatedly fails to achieve his own goal to make a uniue contribution to the subject his mental health begins to show the strain Jumping from one mathematical discipline to another alternating between heavy drinking and total abstention John s behaviour becomes progressively erratic and their marriage comes under ever greater strainThe reader knows from the second strand at Grosso Arvore that the marriage ended but doesn t know how or what was the final straw until towards the end of the book But we see Hope still young now researching chimp behaviour in Africa Her task is to observe a small group of chimps who have broken away from the main group Eugene Mallabar is about to publish what will be his magnum opus the last word on chimpanzees and his reputation is what brings in the grants and donations that make the research possible But Hope begins to see behaviour in her chimp group that doesn t tie in with Mallabar s research At first she tells him about this but he dismisses her he doesn t want his research threatened So she begins to conduct her own research and is increasingly disturbed by what she discoversHope sees Usman whenever she goes to the nearby town for supplies for the project But on one trip she and a colleague are taken captive by a group of rebels Although this is a fairly small part of the overall story it s one of the most powerful Boyd gives a compelling picture of the chaos of this kind of indeterminate warfare which is so commonplace on the African continentThis is a book that could easily be read on two levels The ideas in it about scientific ambition and evolution may not be particularly original but they are very well presented and Boyd even manages to make the maths discussions comprehensible and interesting with something to say about the wider world But put all the ideas and themes to one side and the book becomes a simple but compelling story of Hope s life She is an exceptionally well drawn character a strong intelligent independent woman self reliant sometimes to the point of coldness but I found it easy to empathise with her nonetheless While I found the stories of Hope s marriage and her later relationship with Usman absorbing and emotionally credible what made the book stand out for me was the story of the chimp research in Grosso Arvore For those particularly sensitive to animal stories I will say that Boyd pulls no punches he shows us nature in all its gore sometimes graphically But this is all animal to animal interaction there is no suggestion of human cruelty towards the chimps and I therefore found it uite bearable like watching a wildlife documentary Hope is professional in her approach so that the chimps are never anthropomorphised but clear parallels are drawn between the behaviour of the chimps and the war going on in the human world And because the chimps are such close relatives to humans they gradually develop personalities of their own that we care about as much as if they were human The other aspect of the chimp story is Mallabar s reaction to the threat to his life s work and I found this eually well executed and believableFor me this is Boyd at his best The book sprawls across time and geographic location bringing each to life and never allowing the reader to become lost Each separate strand is interesting and engrossing and they are well enough linked that they feel like a satisfying whole The writing and storytelling are of course excellent when is Boyd ever anything less I listened to it on audio perfectly narrated by Harriet Walter I found it took me ages to get through mainly because I tend to listen while cooking and eating and frankly a lot of the chimp stuff just wasn t suited to that activity but I remained totally absorbed in each strand never having that irritating feeling of wishing he would hurry up and get back to the other storyline It feels perfectly balanced a story about chimps that has much to say about humanity and says it beautifully Highly recommendedwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

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Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ William Boyd William Boyd ¸ 7 Read Review Ó Brazzaville Beach 107 F apes and humans alike And to move forward she must first grasp some hard and elusive truths about marriage and madness about the greed and savagery of charlatan science and about what compels seemingly benign creatures to kill for pleasure alon. Like his 2012 book WAITING FOR SUNRISE Boyd employed a complex structure in this 1990 novel about science and discord both marital and professional Structure and the sciences are the glue for connecting the themes and metaphors of his overall story a device for annexing separate compartments of the narrative and cohering it into a whole Once you let that be or let it go and stop worrying if you are comprehending all the pieces while reading it you can enjoy this compelling piece of fictionIt takes place primarily in the continent of Boyd s birth Africa he was raised in Ghana somewhere in the Congo Civil wars are raging with the federal government fighting factions and guerilla warfare ongoing You don t need to even know exactly where it takes place or when He doesn t tell usHope Clearwater is the feisty heroine a young PhD in plant and animal ethology who was married to an obsessive mathematician until she wasn t Right now as the story opens she is living on Brazzaville Beach in Africa narrating the events that led to where she is now and taking stock of her life Over the course of the book Hope shares the events and casualties that led to her living alone on this beachHer most recent post was in the Congo with the established and respected scholar Eugene Mallobar a PhD and author of several books on primates who has studied them for 30 years Although Hope had no experience in working with chimpanzees she works diligently with regard and respect She makes a daily rendezvous to study them in the wild Her assignment is to observe and track the movements of a southern faction of apes that broke off from the northernersHope makes a harrowing discovery about the two groups of chimps the northerners and the southerner group that split off When she shares it with Mallobar he becomes threatened he also has a new research book coming out He tries to deny the accuracy of Hope s observation skills The civil wars of the Congo both overshadow and parallel the events at the Grosso Arvore Research Center the chimps and the behavior of some of the scientistsEach new titled section or chapter of the novel begins in italics often presenting the various divergence and chaos theories of her ex husband s research and giving room for the reader to tie in concepts of uncertainty in Hope s existence There are parallels to dominion and sex aggression and the need to find clear and determined answersDuring her marital separation Hope worked on an ancient English estate dating and describing hedgerows with detailed specific answers available for her to ponder However when her estranged husband comes to visit her life feels in flux again He barrages her with his anxiety and failed research attemptsThere are a lot of trajectories to this book including Hope s relationship with a Mig 15 mercenary pilot an Egyptian named Usman Shoukry who meticulously constructs for his amusement tiny detailed airplanes made out of tissue and attached to horseflies Hope sees Usman when she makes provision runs for the reserveLike his 2012 book Waiting for Sunrise Boyd employed a complex structure in this 1990 novel about science and discord both marital and professional Structure and the sciences are the glue for connecting the themes and metaphors of his overall story a device for annexing separate compartments of the narrative and cohering it into a whole Once you let that be or let it go and stop worrying if you are comprehending all the pieces while reading it you can enjoy this compelling piece of fictionIt takes place primarily in the continent of Boyd s birth Africa he was raised in Ghana somewhere in the Congo Civil wars are raging with the federal government fighting factions and guerilla warfare ongoing You don t need to even know exactly where it takes place or when He doesn t tell usHope Clearwater is the feisty heroine a young PhD in plant and animal ethology who was married to an obsessive mathematician until she wasn t Right now as the story opens she is living on Brazzaville Beach in Africa narrating the events that led to where she is now and taking stock of her life Over the course of the book Hope shares the events and casualties that led to her living alone on this beachHer most recent post was in the Congo with the established and respected scholar Eugene Mallobar a PhD and author of several books on primates who has studied them for 30 years Although Hope had no experience in working with chimpanzees she works diligently with regard and respect She makes a daily rendezvous to study them in the wild Her assignment is to observe and track the movements of a southern faction of apes that broke off from the northernersHope makes a harrowing discovery about the two groups of chimps the northerners and the southerner group that split off When she shares it with Mallobar he becomes threatened he also has a new research book coming out He tries to deny the accuracy of Hope s observation skills The civil wars of the Congo both overshadow and parallel the events at the Grosso Arvore Research Center the chimps and the behavior of some of the scientistsEach new titled section or chapter of the novel begins in italics often presenting the various divergence and chaos theories of her ex husband s research and giving room for the reader to tie in concepts of uncertainty in Hope s existence There are parallels to dominion and sex aggression and the need to find clear and determined answersDuring her marital separation Hope worked on an ancient English estate dating and describing hedgerows with detailed specific answers available for her to ponder However when her estranged husband comes to visit her life feels in flux again He barrages her with his anxiety and failed research attemptsThere are a lot of trajectories to this book including Hope s relationship with a Mig 15 mercenary pilot an Egyptian named Usman Shoukry who meticulously constructs for his amusement tiny detailed airplanes made out of tissue and attached to horseflies Hope sees Usman when she makes provision runs for the reserveAdmittedly I haven t unraveled every thread of this book sufficiently to articulate a review with any authority It is a book to cogitate on closely and possibly from an aerial distance The chimps DNA is only a fraction off from humans they act human sometimes People act like apes periodically At the center is Hope twining the different narrative threads keeping the reader suspended in the turbulent whirlpool of humanity

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Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ William Boyd William Boyd ¸ 7 Read Review Ó Brazzaville Beach 107 In the heart of a civil war torn African nation primate researcher Hope Clearwater made a shocking discovery about apes and man Young alone and far from her family in Britain Hope Clearwater contemplates the extraordinary events that left her was. I delighted in this book because it tells a compelling human story with a rich framework of ideas that appeal to me The tale is of a woman Hope Clearwater reflecting back on her work and marriage in England to a mathematician and her work and life studying chimp behavior in the Republic of Congo both of which ended in disaster She is unable to move forward without making some sense out of the wisdom vs stupidities in her role in the disasters As uoted from Socrates in the epilogue and close of the book An unexamined life is not worth living Boyd alternates the narrative of Hope s life in Africa told in first person with that of her life in England rendered in third person The contrast between these two parts of her life as well as Western and African cultures represents a central challenge for Hope and thus Boyd to integrate Each section is introduced with a segment from mathematical or biological sciences which reflect on work concerns of her mathematician husband or herself I love how Boyd has Hope trying to use analogies from academic advances to provide structure for her efforts to understand her life s journey For example her husband John makes a lot of progress in areas of turbulence and catastrophe theory which fuels her efforts to account for sudden discontinuities in her own life as John s own psychological instability leads him to focus instead on invariance of forms in the field of topology she looks to how other people differ from her ultimately in only in minor ways She also learns a lot about the relativism of frames of reference which she relates her own mood influencing her levels of optimism or pessimism To me Boyd isn t making a heavy philosophical stretch here but he is illustrating very well how people link abstract ideas to their personal lives and outlookIn the case of Hope s work at the research station the parallels between primate and human behavior represent a substantive analogy For decades Jane Goodall s work on chimps in their natural environment captivated the world with a vision of largely peaceful almost Edenic society which we as their closest evolutionary relatives might somehow aspire to regain The shock of discovery that chimps in some circumstances engage in infanticide cannibalism and lethal territorial warfare put an end to such simplistic thinking As this work was widely publicized it is not much of a spoiler to reveal that the plot of this book deals with Hope making discoveries of such violence and encountering conflicts and resistance in acceptance of her findings I thought Boyd s portrayal of conflicts between scientific objectivity and human biases and emotions to be uite plausible although I am sure the scientists involved in this work would be offended over the dramatic fictionThe book includes a segment where the unstable politics of the Congo intrude dangerously on the lives of the scientists in the form of actions by a revolutionary faction Compared to the murder of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey in Rwanda the events included in this narrative are restrained but frighteningly realistic The charming rebel leader featured Dr Amilcar deflates Hope s sense of the importance of her scientific work by exclaiming You value a monkey than a human and by concluding You think that if you know everything you can escape from the world But you can t Hope is a fully realized character that I admired both as a strong woman hero and as a very human scientist As made clear at the start she survives the cataclysmic climaxes of both threads of her life revealed at the end As she walks the beach at the end as in interludes elsewhere in the book the theme of permanence despite perpetual change is realized Like life itself a simple story of powerful events linked to a few choices resonates with many universal themes Raku in Britain Hope Clearwater contemplates the extraordinary events that left her was. 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