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One of the best books I have read
am 30. Juni 2000
This is an absolutely stunning book in terms of Hope Clearwater's character and the events that unfold as the book progresses.
Evocative of the senses and smells that hit one in Africa, the character development of Hope unfolds into a compelling drama based on her relationship with her increasingly insane mathematician husband(?) and her relationship with the chimpanzees she is studying.
The book conveys a very clear message about the harsher and more sinister side to man's character, drawing strong parallels between the chimpanzee's behaviour and that between the scientists in the research camp where Hope is based.
The book has several strands to it and each a fully developed into a unified whole. Boyd's exploration into, and description of, chaos theory is excellent in terms of putting this across in non-technical terminology and a stroke of genius regarding how it fits into the story's development.
One of my top six novels
- Of Human Bondage - Birdsong - Charlotte Gray - Jude the Obscure - Coasting (Jonathan Raban) - The Misfit