Brazzaville Beach

William Boyd’s writing style is so unique and identifiable. He is a real master at being concise and seems somehow able to inject x factor into even the most innocuous activities of his characters. That notwithstanding, the story here is excellent and follows Hope Clearwater, who is beautifully characterised via a no holds barred account of her life. The novel interchanges two periods of her life throughout the book. One with her hopelessly doomed marriage to a physicist in England and another tracking chimpanzees in Africa. Brutal, moving, thrilling and philosophical – Boyd never disappoints. 

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