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With her work as a scientist much of the time observing chimpanzees near a remote academic camp in Africa as well as the emotional upheavals in her marriage to an eccentric mathematician With a wide variety of settings uirkiness and unsettling events the reader is given a uniue glimpse into Hope s unfailingly human reactions to the tumult and her steadfastness in keeping true to herself and not what others want her to be for their self interestsThe author has created such an honest and sympathetic character in Hope that it seemed as if each time I began reading it was ike spending time with a friend an honest friend who isn t afraid to share her feelings I didn t want to rush through this book but it was unavoidable for me to put it down for ong I feel that I will be thinking about this story and about Hope for uite a while 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 ife studying chimp behavior in the Republic of Con Brazzaville Beach is a well plotted novel about science war and ideas following the adventures of Hope Clearwater in England and the Congo When the novel opens Hope Clearwater is iving in a house on Brazzaville Beach that she owns as a result of her Egyptian o Brazzaville Beach iterary novel as absorbing page turner William Boyd proves himself master of the craft so much drama so much suspenseThe skinny twentysomething Hope Clearwater ives on Brazzaville Beach in West Africa recovering from two major shocks in her Fairytale Food: Enchanting Recipes to Bring a Little Magic to Your Cooking life The first relates to her former husband back in England an accomplished mathematician by the name of John Clearwater a man obsessed and driven to formulate groundbreaking euations within the fields of game theory and turbulence The second revolves around Hope s recent participation in the nearby Grosso Arvore Research Project studying chimpanzees under the direction of the world s foremost expert on primates Eugene MallabarWhat adds a distinctive tang to Brazzaville Beach is the way William Boyd toggles back and forth between England and Africa folding in Hope s backstory including her relationship with her family friends academic advisor trained in botany Hope earned a PhD in ethology coupled with shifts of third person objective narration and Hope s first person voice Also included are philosophic reflections sprinkled in at the beginning of each chapter on such topics as topology genetics algorithms and mechanics All in all novel as grand symphony in a brooding key say C sar Franck s Symphony in D minor so many rich interweaving storylines reuiring a bit of unraveling Here are a number of provocative strandsCHIMP CENTERExpanding out to many thousands of acres under the direction of Eugene Mallabar The Grosso Arvore Research Project has been thriving for 30 years In addition to observing chimps in the wild Mallabar set up a feeding station near their base camp so researchers could observe the chimps at close range But how reliable and accurate can the behavior of chimps be under such artificial conditions And to think Mallabar published his The Peaceful Primate back in 1962 and plans to send hisatest most comprehensive opus to his publisher in the near future KING OF THE HILL Mallabar repeatedly tells Hope that as the world s foremost expert he knows everything there is to know about chimpanzees Perhaps predictably in 1972 when Hope reports on chimpanzees attacking and murdering a baby chimpanzee know it all Mallabar dismisses her words Mallabar then sends Hope off to town for supplies and when she returns to camp surprise surprise Mallabar informs her of a most unfortunate accident there s been a fire at her Unnatural (Enlightenment, lodging and all of her field notes have been destroyed Oh no you don t big man At this point Hope plans her revenge NORTHERN VS SOUTHERN A experienced team of researchers have been charting the behavior of the northern chimps Meanwhile Mallabar assigns Hope to compile field notes on the chimpanzees to the south All goes well until that attack on the baby chimp But then a further shock in the following weeks Hope watches a northern chimp patrol travel south toaunch a full scale war on the southerners Recognizing such acts of violence will completely invalidate Mallabar s forthcoming book Hope must consider the odds before communicating her find MAN OF MATHEMATICS Hope reflects on what exactly made John Clearwater so attractive to her as a marriage partner in the first place She always wanted her man to be extremely intelligent and highly unusual however as she eventually realizes she will continually take second place to John s true Messengers from ancient civilizations: The fascinating story of canine archeology love mathematics John is a man obsessed with developing a new theory and when Hope inspires him with what she terms his Clearwater Set John s fanaticism reaches scaryevels Oh to have such fame within the world of mathematics But at what cost FAMILY AND FRIENDSHope travels to her parents home for her father s 70th birthday party Following the cake and birthday songs her father speaks to her in private Trouble is he said I m so fucking bored That s why I drink I know your mother isn t happy but I just can t help it you see And when conversing with her friend Meredith Hope muses on what it means to possess the capacity to enjoy oneself when alone that is not to forever hanker after the company and conversation of others To my mind these sections of the novel are vitally important and provide a major theme the nature of happiness specifically the ability for someone to rest content in themselves valuing silence and solitude as foundational to a good ife CIVIL WAR During Hope s time at Grosso Arvore political complexity casts it shadow a civil war with three sides fighting it out threatens the project s funding and very existence At one point traveling north by jeep rebels take Hope prisoner s funding and very existence At one point traveling north by jeep rebels take prisoner where must duck down from an enemy patrol Ah enemy patrol echoes of those northern chimps moving south SIGNIFICANT FEMALEWhen speaking of his own observations out in the field with the chimpanzees one of Hope s fellow researchers announces It s a theory I have You see it s not the alpha male that gives the group its cohesion it s a female A dominant female The novel showcases plenty of groupings both chimpanzee and human so the uestion poses itself How Vital Is A Strong Female is a strong female a community s health and harmony a theme worth considering as one turns the novel s pages GREEK PHILOSOPHY ANYONEWilliam Boyd has written a highly philosophical novel One key uestion I return to again and again What is the price of fame and reputation For Hope s husband John and Hope s boss Eugene Mallabar fame and reputation are matters of ife and death They are both extremely intellectual men but are they men of wisdom Greek philosopher Epicurus warned his followers of the great dangers when one s identity becomes closely entwined with fame and reputation a need that is neither natural nor necessary On one hand I can appreciate a person s dedication to a particular academic discipline but on the other I value what Greek philosophers Wishing for Grace like Epicurus called Ataraxia a combination of tranuility and joy a state free of stress and anxiety Among other strengths Ataraxia reuires one to have a measure of control over one s emotions something both John Clearwater and Eugene Mallabarack and that s understatement Am I being too harsh here I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Brazzaville Beach to explore this and many other philosophic uestions for yourself And enjoy all the chimpanzees and humans along the way Scottish author William Boyd born 1952 The ast thing we earn about ourselves is our effect William Boyd Brazzaville Beach Many years before Brazzaville Beach was ever published William Blake published this well known poem as part of his Songs of Experience Tyger tyger burning bright In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye Could flame thy fearful symmetry Blake who was overwhelmed by the beauty and horrors of the natural world saw nature as a place for our own growth in preparation for the beginning of our Bara No Tame Ni: 5 livesWhy theongish preface about Blake Brazzaville Beach is to some degree about tasting the fruits of knowledge and Lebanon losing one s innocence The main character Hope Clearwater will be toldater on the pursuit of knowledge is the road to hellYou think that if you know everything you can escape from the world There are two Hopes in this book the Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, long ago Hope whoived in England written in third person and the current Hope who خداوند الموت lived within an African country written in the immediate first person Both Hopes are uiteiterally dashed as she pursues elusive and forbidden knowledgeHere s the plot in a nutshell Hope a brilliant scientist in her own right marries a mercurial and highly intellectual mathematician who increasingly begins to go insane as he pursues an elusive game theory on turbulence 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 Her observations belie his premise the ch. Hed up Facing Redemption like driftwood on Brazzaville Beach It is here on the distantonely 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 Imps are cannibalizing each other Yet Mallabar will not even entertain that idea he too is osing it as he holds on to the tendrils of knowledge that he has accumulatedAnd Hope Will she too be destroyed as she pursues knowledge or will Hope endure That is the uestion that is at the core of this very clever bookWilliam Boyd in my opinion is a brilliant writer who keeps getting better and better and this is one of his earlier books published in 1990 As an allegory it works beautifully There are however some perceived flawsFor one thing I never bought that a woman of Hope s brilliance single mindedness and beauty would be attracted to her husband John Clearwater His character is somewhat underdeveloped certainly the attraction is not amply explored Admittedly I am not a math person but the many explorations of game theory turbulance catastrophe theory divergence syndromes and other chaos theory components sometimes eft me shaking my head They seemed just a ittle too cleverSecondly there is a ong subsection about the African freedom fighters and Hope s unwilling adventure with them As a reader I get it the brutish fighting among various human forces euates to the dissonance among the chimps guerilla The History of Provincetown leaders and aittle stretch gorilla Captured leaders are not all that different Yet I kept wanting the action to return to the ape colony which to me was fascinatingThose two caveats aside I found Brazzaville Beach to be compelling Hope reflects about herself She reshaped the haphazard explicable twists turns o herife into an order that she approved of where the controlling hand o her authorship could be read clearly خاطرات یک زن توده ای like a signature Ultimately she is the creator of her own destiny and her fall from Eden is preordained 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 youet that be or Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) 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 isiving on Brazzaville Beach in Africa narrating the events that One Too Many Blows To The Head led to where she is now and taking stock of herife Over the course of the book Hope shares the events and casualties that The Dressmakers Gift led to heriving 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 ife feels in flux again He barrages her with his anxiety and failed research attemptsThere are a ot 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 Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria let that be oret 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 Running from Strangers living on Brazzaville Beach in Africa narrating the events thated to where she is now and taking stock of her ife the course of the book Hope the events and casualties that ed to her iving alone on this beachHer recent post was in 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 ife feels in flux again He barrages her with his anxiety and failed research attemptsThere are a ot 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 ike apes periodically At the center is Hope twining the different narrative threads keeping the reader suspended in the turbulent whirlpool of humanity Brazzaville Beach tells the stories of Hope Clearwater It covers two periods telling them in parallel although one follows the other chronologically Each period comes to a dramatic conclusion The book builds to deliver both conclusions as close together as the narrative allows There are themes that recur in Hope s experiences There is anger violence madness conspiracy There is violence instigated by academics and tenderness provided by soldiersSo far I ve described a complex structure The structure is there to be recognised and admired if you want to analyse The story needs no analysis and the structure doesn t get in the way of a brilliantly engaging novel Her supervisor tells Hope The tide is either

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in or s going out Hope s fortunes ebb and flow and keep the pages turningThis is my clear favourite among the books by William Boyd that I ve read I read it soon after it was published It didn t disappoint when I read it again It s one of the very few books that I will revisit again. 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. Brazzaville Beach

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Oh my this book is hard to explain First of all it IS engaging I didn t want to stop istening It is full of information It keeps you thinking and it doesn t necessarily provide answers Definitely four stars It starts and ends with the The Tomb of Iuchiban line The unexaminedife is not worth iving I guess you would have to classify this as a cerebral novel but also the parts set in Africa are dramatic one thing happens after another a civil war and infanticide and aggression and cannibalism and murder Not one but several Murder of chimpanzees but they are so similar to human beings that these too must be seen as murders Chimpanzees and bonobos are the closest iving relatives to human beings Chimpanzees are aggressive than bonobosThere are three threads which flip back and forth This is until you get the knack of it confusing One thread is years ago when Hope is in England then married to John a mathematician Another thread is in the Republic of the Congo at a chimpanzee game reserve a research center Hope is both an ecologist and an ethologist The African setting occurs Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) later in time after her marriage has dissolved A third thread is when sheater Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow looks back on her experiences with her husband and then in Africa She is trying to figure out what went wrong and why and if she was guilty and what could have been changed She is an ethologist She wants to understandjust as her husband had been a mathematician and he too wanted to understand to simplifyife to get it into a formula something to put on a paper in black and white Isn t ife for observing and for trying to understand Do we ever understand Maybe that is the whole point of the book Life is a wondrous puzzle that we must try to understand even if we never will understand I am not sure but reading this will keep you thinking That I guarantee I would have appreciated an author s note to place the years of the civil war of the Republic of the Congo Congo Brazzaville I call it the ittle Congo the one on the ocean not the big one that is called Democratic but isn t I needed to know I NEVER found an answer and that too is so typical for this book The book is published in 1990 and the only civil war I could find for this country was from 1997 1999 I sent a uestion to the author co the publisher Will I get an answer What is important is that the author has experienced civil wars in Africa The Biafran War so the war episodes feel pitch perfect We know for sure is that the Biafran War is over and that ended in 1970The author superbly Norte: A Novel looks at our closest relative and makes us think about human behavior There is abundant sex and it is physical but human sex IS physical just as it is with chimps I think the sex is well done It might bother some Not me There is discord and aggression and manipulation The parallels are intriguing I told you it was cerebral Continually you are comparing chimps and humans and mathematical axiomsI reallyiked the narration by Harriet Walter There is not much she can do to alert the reader to the changes of setting in both time and place You just have to pay attention The audio format is challenging but I enjoyed it tremendously You get help with the setting changes from the point of view used The African thread is told in first person and the English setting is in third person There are also short uotes concerning mathematical theories Sounds complicated It is but it is still very very good A puzzle to be solved just ike ifeETA This I forgot Recognition people want and need recognition but to what degree I saw a difference here between John and Hope John s need of recognitionacclaim was monumental Hope s Mi karma y yo less so Iook at Hope and I admire her She is the central character She is s modern woman She is strong and wise and Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved loving and she doesn t expect as much as John She doesn t demand as much recognition Who is happier Of chimps and humansAs Hope Clearwater sits on the beach outside her home in the Republic of the Congo sheooks back over the circumstances of her The Prime Minister of Paradise life that have brought her here her marriage to mathematician John Clearwater and herater 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 Charlie O. and the angry A's links between human and chimp and a third story of Hope sove affair with Usman Shoukry an Egyptian mercenary pilot fighting on the pro government side in the war though this strand has The Sisters of Sinai less weight than the other twoWhile each strand is toldinearly 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 mapping ancient hedgerows while John is immersed in the study of chaos theory a subject Hope can t pretend to understand but she does understand John s passion
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it Gradually 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 ast 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 evels 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 ife 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 ater 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 Dark Passage 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 hisife 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 American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare location bringing each toife and never allowing the reader to become Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) lost Each separate strand is interesting and engrossing and they are well enoughinked that they feel The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez like a satisfying whole The writing and storytelling are of course excellent when is Boyd ever anythingess I istened to it on audio perfectly narrated by Harriet Walter I found it took me ages to get through mainly because I tend to isten while cooking and eating and frankly a ot 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 A touching and wrenching tale of a woman s experiences in her personal ife and career with a backstory set in Africa Hope Clearwater faces many challenges. 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 Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride left her was.