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Her husband was a mathematician, trying to develop a formula or algorithm around turbulence, all of which is difficult for Hope to understand.

Early in the book, John Clearwater announces to Hope that he’s given up alcohol, though just a few pages later, he’s drinking again, and even Hope doesn’t seem to notice. The first signs are when he is caught digging an illegal long trench on the Knap estate in Dorset, work that he feels will help him visualise the mathematical formulae he is trying to come to grips with (having worked before during their stay at a rented cottage in Scotland). WILLIAM BOYD has received world-wide acclaim for his novels which have been translated into over thirty languages. Some people aren’t going to like the crosscutting or the jump from first person (Africa) to third person (England), but Boyd is extremely skillful.I also thought the mirroring of the chimp behaviour with the indigenous human population well done, and not contrived. Boyd has been with his wife Susan since they met as students at Glasgow University and all his books are dedicated to her. But then a further shock: in the following weeks, Hope watches a northern chimp patrol travel south to launch a full scale war on the southerners. I think the book might have been stronger had Boyd concentrated entirely on Hope’s time in Africa, with only minimal backstory regarding her life in England and her marriage.

Intertwined with that story is the African Hope, who goes to work for another brilliant man named Mallabar, who is about to publish a renowned book on the peaceful chimps.When you yourself have suffered considerably, it is hard to cope with the rest of the world’s indifference to your experience, and upsetting to see how unmarked it is. At the age of nine years he attended Gordonstoun school, in Moray, Scotland and then Nice University (Diploma of French Studies) and Glasgow University (MA Hons in English and Philosophy), where he edited the Glasgow University Guardian.

D. in ecology, this is the first time she has worked with chimps and now she is working for the world's expert in the field.

He also wrote the speculative memoir Nat Tate: an American Artist -- the publication of which, in the spring of 1998, caused something of a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. When the novel opens, Hope Clearwater is living in a house on Brazzaville Beach that she owns as a result of her Egyptian lover's death in the civil war in the Congo. In one, set in England, Hope relates the story of her marriage to a brilliant mathematician, John Clearwater, whose mind is finely balanced between brilliance and madness.

quite unlike anything else I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Brazzaville Beach exudes confidence; Boyd has grown in authority from book to book. Running concurrently is the story of Hope's marriage and her time as a behavioural scientist on chimpaneze. I actually missed her once I’d finished the book, something that rarely happens with fictional characters and me.

However recondite, however parochial, she was adding a few grains of sand to that vast hill that was the sum of human knowledge.

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