William Boyd: A Good Man in Africa



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I didn t ealise until seeing other eviews that this was Boyd s first book I was so glad to discover that for I was concerned he d lost his touch One of the things I eally love about his books is how well he knows Africa Of course he s also a great storytellerI My actual Omnibus Films rating for this book is a 35 Ieally enjoyed Graeco-Egyptian Magick reading it but I had to take periodic breaks because poor Morgan s life was such a shitshow it just got overwhelming Half of the crap is from other people like his boss Fanshawe And half of the crap is of his own making Like Hazel and Celia But you do feel like he s asked to put up with than anyone caneasonably handle Anyway it was a good tragicomedy that was fun than I expected Setting Kinjanja West Africa In his debut novel Willia. Escapee from suburbia overweight oversexed Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success Actually he is Slave Again (Whispers of Refuge refreshingly free from it But then as aepresentative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinja.

M Boyd tells the story of Morgan Leafy secretary to the British High Commissioner in the town of Nkongsamba a thoroughly jaded and not particularly likeable character who has been in the country for several years and although generally disliking it has no particular ambition to do anything else Through his often well meaning actions Morgan gets involved in blackmail adultery body snatching election tampering and bribery and the outcomes are arely the intended onesI have ead several of William Boyd s novels but liked this one the least of all of them perhaps it was because it was a debut novel and he was just finding his feet as an author perhaps it was the high expectations generated from cover blurb describing the novel as uproariously funny The Ob. Nja it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery Nor was it exactly oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the improbably pointed breasts of his boss' daughter when officially

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Server certainly if I was going to Autumn Days with the Moodys (Moody Family recommend a book about Africa that was uproariously funny it would be Indecent Exposure or Riotous Assembly which are definitely that This one to me was not didn t especially like the central character so this was a bit of a miss for me Still won t put me offeading other books by him which I already have as I have enjoyed the four others of his I have Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease read 610 This was William Boyd s award winning first novel so I thought I would give it a try after having LOVED Restless This is dated and terrible not at all funny Don t waste your time I kept hoping it would get better and it didn t If I had known I wouldn t have wasted my time Morgan Leafy is a great tragi comic character This is a good story with a lot of humou. Anned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose Falling back on his deep laideserves of misanthropy and guile Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation betrayal and ju ju that threatens to wash over him.

A Good Man in Africa 1981 was publishedBoyd spent eight years in academia during which time his first film Good and Bad at Games was made When he was offered a college lecturership which would mean spending time teaching he was forced to choose between teaching and writingBoyd was selected in 1983 as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists' in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in the same year and is also an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres He has been presented with honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of St Andrews Stirling and Glasgow He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005Boyd has been with his wife Susan since they met as students at Glasgow University and all his books are dedicated to her His wife is editor at large of Harper's Bazaar magazine and they currently spend about thirty to forty days a year in the US He and his wife have a house in Chelsea West London but spend most of the year at their chateau in Bergerac in south west France where Boyd produces award winning wines