Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly . Jane Shilling on Anita Shreve’s fifteenth novel, A Change in Altitude, a curiously old-fashioned affair set in Kenya. In this, Anita Shreve’s 15th novel, American newlyweds Margaret and Patrick have just arrived in Africa. He works in a hospital in Nairobi; she.

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She saw the poverty, she heard the stories of violence and suffering like it was for the first time. His face was in shadow, sunglasses shading his eyes. The meat was for the dogs.

This novel is a marvelous study of a relationship and the often capricious forces that shrevw threaten it.

Diana believed in bringing up children the British way, without excessive praise. A pace somewhere between part 1 and part 2 but again, obviously leading to a climax you read on to reach.

Eden Close A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation. Here, the object is climbing Mount Kenya again and, in the process, perhaps saving her marriage.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Perhaps she rued confessing that yearning. But it is not like life, and it is above all not like many women’s lives, where social structures and other circumstances still often constrain cgange freedom to shape the self. In this story the female was annoyingly passive. No one in the family had ever used the word love before, though the connection among them was fierce. They were young, each shdeve.

In Kenya, African men emerged from mud-and-wattle huts in suits to drive matatus or chnage sell scrap metal or to cut meat. Set in Kenya during the last days of Kenyatta’s stewardship, it features the expatriate population, a mountain, an ‘innocent’ incident leading to shattering ramifications and a central character who attempts to do ‘good’, but is in above her depth. The books were leather-bound and uniform and, to judge from their condition, often read.


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It is only in the final few pages that the alert reader will become aware that the whole book is actually a sustained engagement with To the Lighthouse. Although she is probably writing for the same audience, she doesn’t write the same book over and over again–one of the reasons I will always read her newest: The tropical climate and the vast beauty of this country are vividly represented along with the sharp contrast of the slums and substandard living areas.

That should be sufficient if you work at breaking them in. This effort though does not fall into the latter category, but nonetheless is ideal summer fodder. Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and hsreve language Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Who, for example, would undertake a major mountain climb without knowing what kind of boots to wear? Wltitude just finished reading this book and I have not read others by this author. A young married couple, relocated temporarily to Kenya because of the husband’s job he’s a doctordecide to undertake aniita challenging climb up Mount Kenya with two other couples.

Shreve journeys far from her usual craggy coastal landscape in New England to Kenya during the late s, where newlyweds Margaret and Patrick plan to spend a year. Giles Foden’s Turbulence is published by Faber. At first, Margaret had found the gender mismatch disconcerting.

He happily blames her which I felt was an incredibly unfair thing to do. A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree.

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In return shrfve using the hospital as a base for his research, he must do free clinics for the locals where they are in Kenya. The particular plumber Diana liked was said to be visiting his wife in Limuru. This one felt a lot like Shreve had done her homework on the setting Kenya and the action mountain-climbing.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Then she followed the second doctor out the door and along a hospital corridor.

Patrick, a husband who didnt know how and where to give importance. Perhaps the cgange wants to share the message “You’ve got to climb the mountain alone.

Extremity, which tends to bring out the best and worst in people, pares back the layers of Margaret’s and Shhreve characters. The ending left me wanting more. He had mud-brown hair and dark eyes, a cleft in his chin, and white teeth inside an easy smile.

Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve

Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn’t know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband. The writing is spare and full of import, but there isn’t much to care about. The trip turns out to be a big mistake in more ways than one and a tragic accident where Margaret plays a role, changes the dynamics of life for Patrick and Margaret forever.

It is a romance that goes nowhere at speed — like all the relationships in the novel. I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe? I will certainly venture my way back to Anita Shreve as she touches on some powerful subjects ands gives me the feeling of a stronger personalitied Jodi Piccoult. Margaret wanted to ask if another plumber could be found, but to do so would be to seem ungrateful for the hospitality.

Patrick set his doctor bag and his briefcase on the floor. I can see that there is symbolism of climbing the mountain again. The wife took note, she saw, of the drink.