Today's book review is called Brazzaville Beach
It was under the category: A Book Written By A Man with a Female Character
This is the story of a chimp researcher, Hope, who relocates to Africa after her husband succumbs to mental illness and they separate. She goes to Africa and dives into her research but another crisis develops which threatens her career and her life. She is watching chimp behavior when she discovers behaviors that conflict with her boss's research. No one believes her when she reports her finds, and soon she finds her life and her career being threatened by the researchers around her.
While we are thrown into Hope's story as a researcher, the story also travels back in time to the beginning of Hope's relationship with her husband and his dissent into madness. These two stories together help the reader discover why hope came to Africa in the first place, and what makes her return to London in the end.
This was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed the sections about the chimp research and chimp behaviors. It also helped push the story along when the author gave us the background of Hope and what lead to her work in Africa. The transfer from past to present flows easily in this book.
I definitely would recommend this one. It isn't a large book, and it isn't a hard read. Check it out.
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