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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In the novel an engaging and a believable portrait of Africa is produced – in the main. I really couldn’t get myself to like the characters, especially the husband who was a very controlling person. Her husband Arthur counters, “I should have thought the ahreve itself was the point.

Her hips were wide, but she was young. Arthur never acknowledged the man. Edward and Philippa, nine and seven, were being raised by an ayah named Adhiambo. How does it end? In Kenya, African men emerged from mud-and-wattle huts in suits to drive matatus or to sell scrap metal or to cut meat.

I was sure, to give just one example, that it would reveal the enigmatic Patrick to us.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

A story of newly weds who have just compromising with their likes and dislikes to keep up with the marriage. The fi I used to really like Anita Shreve. The Kenyan woman’s journey towards a place of greater social security happens in parallel with Margaret’s reconsideration of herself and her marriage across the book.


And yet, for all its faults, I enjoyed A Change of Altitude and found its moral sensibility attractive. I always look forward to reading the latest Anita Shreve novel, but this one was totally disappointing–I wouldn’t even give it one star.

I will certainly venture my way back to Anita Shreve as she touches syreve some powerful subjects ands gives me the feeling of a stronger personalitied Jodi Piccoult. Beyond that, however, it was hard to see where this meandering novel is going. After the crisis, the protagonist muddles about trying to find her feet and he I’m beginning to think I’m a huge Anita Shreve fan.

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: Why do they go? Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.

He had mud-brown hair and dark eyes, a cleft in his chin, and white teeth inside an easy smile. She thinks of Africa: Margaret feels responsible for the tragedy on Mount Chahge, and her marriage hits the rocks.

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A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

A not entirely believable accident, either. Aug 24, Maia rated it it was ok Sherve Giles Foden’s Turbulence is published by Faber. I think the author portrayed very well how easy it would be to be a fish out of water as an American in such a country.

A Change in Altitude is dark, like most of Shreve’s novels, and unleavened by humour, which does not mesh with her emotional intensity and unvarying earnest tone; nonetheless, the story remains absorbing. Nothing is resolved with Patrick.

Ami Sands Brodoff welcomes suggestions for sustaining altiyude reads – as well as shreeve few frothy confections. On the plane, Margaret was mildly homesick. Arthur, finishing his workday, had slowed down to inquire if she was all right. It neither made sense nor was appropriately exposed, to be believed. I was actually livid and almost threw the book down.

It was not believable to me. A bunch of her books are just Рeh. See all 3 questions about A Change in Altitude…. The scene is Nairobi inwith Kenyatta still in power and the dark sail of Aids only just appearing on the horizon.