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A Good Man in Africa: A Novel Paperback – January 14, 2003
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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.
"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
Top Customer Reviews
The story is about the travails of a junior British diplomat who is stuck in a nowhere African country and, despite wanting to succeed in his job/life, completely makes an ass out of himself. This is made easier by having a nitwit boss, a local mistress with a social disease, and the knack of always putting his foot in his mouth. The book is often laugh-out-loud funny. And the author has done a marvellous job in structuring the book; it is well-paced and literate.
Bottom line: surely among William Boyd's best works.
So many wonderful funny almost farcical situations which made me laugh outloud (a lol experience). Morgan gets into scrapes and digs himself deeper into the mire. The excellent thing is, and this why I began to like him, he eventually resigns himself to the outcomes, throws in the towel and takes it all on the chin. Pure freedom comes for him even though he's still in the poo.
Another great book from William Boyd, which strips away the myth of the British having any dynamic role abroad, meddling in the affairs of other countries. It all ends in tears for the establishment , and they bloody well deserve it too.
Boyd knocks the tired old hierarchies of British society: public school, accents - the usual bull. The irony is that the only person who even tries to gets things done is the working class boy made good (well almost). The humour comes when Morgan fails at everything.
I recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The pace was good, easy to read,a bit risque.Very different to Boyd's far more mature book "Reastless"
Hilarious Shades of "flashman" great writing by boyd.Published 3 months ago by Peter Dickson-Battye
Something very cinemagraphic about the scenes in this bizarrely comic tale of a hapless civil servant who can't help himself from doing good even when he doesn't feel like it.Published 3 months ago by Jake Stanley
Well written and funny in parts, but I was repulsed by the main character. Not my type of bloke at all.Published 8 months ago by Margaret King
William Boyd seems to be an author who does not repeat himself. His prose style is fine; his characters are quirky. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Ellsworth
I had a hard time getting into this one at first, but kept plugging on. The main character "Morgan" definitely has issues, both personally and professionally. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lori L Enders