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Morgan Leafy had high hopes when he first headed out to the small African nation of Kinjanja to serve as Her British Majesty's representative. But once there, Leafy's dreams of professional advancement and personal happiness soon fade: this son of an airport catering manager finds himself overtaken on the career ladder by other, newer recruits to the diplomatic corps who come from the right family and attended the right schools. What's worse, the girl of his dreams has just become engaged to someone younger, thinner, and better connected. And if all this weren't enough to make a career civil servant miserable, Leafy is also being blackmailed by a representative of one of Kinjanja's many political parties who has presented him with a puzzling task: get to know the Scottish medical doctor at a local university.
Author William Boyd has written about Africa before, most notably in his bestselling novel Brazzaville Beach. In A Good Man in Africa, Boyd spins a darkly comic tale of political corruption, revolution, sexual misadventure, blackmail, and death. By novel's end, Leafy may not have become a better man--or even a much wiser one--but he has acquired a kind of dignity and gritty courage for which he is well suited. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This is a wildly funny novel, rich in witty prose and raucous incidents . . . without qualification, a delight." -The Washington Post
"Entertaining and successful . . . a champion storyteller. His prose style is intelligent, vigorous and pleasant." -The New York Times Book Review
"Comic realism echoing Evelyn Waugh . . . nimbly plotted, gracefully written . . . Boyd had endowed British fiction with a welcome depth and liveliness." -New York Newsday
"A gutsy writer . . . William Boyd is good company to keep." -Time
Morgan Leafy, (best name ever for a character who starts out pretty wishy-washy), is having not only a bad day, but a bad career. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Pop Bop
Funny and very well written. A classic comedy of diplomatic corps snafus and over-engineering.Published 2 months ago by Rick Berlet
The characters of the book are splendid, the weave of the prose is really artistic, the story is delicate and witty.Published 2 months ago by nina voronel
A great fun read, this was my second time reading this book read it a long time ago and wanted something fun and lite to read.Published 3 months ago by Charles Lloyd Jones
I loved it. You have to be into British colonial times but for me it was a reminder of former times in Africa -- the heat, the drinking, the concern about what was being done was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Priscilla McClain
Really a different kind of story than I usually enjoy, but the more I read the more I got into the book and enjoyed the characters. Well worth the read.Published 5 months ago by Larry L Holt