Brazzaville Beach by William BoydIn 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 left her washed up like driftwood on Brazzaville Beach. It is here, on the distant, lonely 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 of 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 alone.
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The book tells the story of a woman, Hope Clearwater, researching chimpanzees , and the circumstances that brought her to Africa. Brazzaville Beach consists of three separative narratives. The first is Hope Clearwater's reflections on her current life whilst living in a beach house on Brazzaville Beach. The second narrative is a description of her former marriage to John Clearwater, a mathematician, who gradually goes mad resulting from failure to make progress in his academic research. The third narrative, and by far the most graphic, is the narrator's account of her work in a national park called Grosso Arvore Big Tree , where she tracks the movements of a small band of chimpanzees that have split off from a larger group in the north. John Clearwater, Hope's former husband, is a mathematician thirsty for discovery and fame.
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To read Brazzaville Beach, one must first accept and become comfortable with a complete fluidity of time, as Hope Clearwater tells her story. In fact, the tale involves three large parts of Hope's life: her educational training and marriage to a brilliant mathematician, John Clearwater; her life after his death as a research scientist and part of an ongoing study of chimpanzees in the Congo; and her current state of inertia, living in a beach house and completing rather mundane tasks to support herself as she attempts to sort out the purpose of her life and the possible path of its next phase. Hope moves the reader back and forth among these three existences, and the work at first seems to lack essential continuity. As one becomes accustomed to these "time travels," however, the novel becomes a piece of art, into which all of Hope's experiences merge into central themes. As a young graduate student, Hope becomes infatuated with a newly-arrived mathematician, John Clearwater.
Brazzaville beach. By William Boyd. New York: William Morrow. 1991. 316 pp. $21.00 (cloth)
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