I live on Brazzaville Beach...
I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me...
One in England, first, and then one in Africa.
On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.
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An absolutely brilliant book
Its complexity with the different strands of the story, yet so easy to listen to, the story has great rhythms to it.
I did like the central character Hope the most. She overcame obstacles in her professional life and in her personal life, that did not necessarily lead to a traditional happy ending in any part of the book. She was strong, fallible and likeable, Hope will continue to have an interesting life, I cannot imagine her ever settling for an office job.
Many moments in this book moved me, quite complex. Finding out about her most recent lover, floored me. Serious read here, not for the fainthearted.
Loved, I wish there was more to read.
- Sheila V.
My first William Boyd and certainly not my last