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 this latest effort, Shreve sticks to her general formula- how one moment, one decision can forever change a life. Jan 04, Dani rated it liked it. There were not enough details about the climb up Mt. What kind of husband would encourage her to attempt something so difficult and improbable and then leave her trudging forty feet behind the rest of the party?

In short time it is discovered that Arthur and Diana are planning a trip up Mt Kenya and invite the other couple along. But these are minor misgivings about another fine novel by an author who, while delivering a similar kind of experience book by book — as a mass-market author must — never loses her capacity to surprise and enlighten.

And what 20th century woman would resent a chaste hand-holding after a traumatic noctural event? They call the mountain Kirinyaga. Did anyone dislike them? She died on March 29,at her home at Newfields, New Hampshire, from cancer; she was She decides to get a job, to give her something to do and hopefully, help her move on.

Patrick set his doctor bag and his briefcase on the floor.

I have read and enjoyed Anita Shreve before. I was actually livid and almost threw the book down.

Her husband Arthur counters, “I should have thought the climb itself was the point. The slower you climb and the longer it takes, the better off you are. To dress casually was to flaunt the ability to do so, as well as to advertise oneself as an American. But I thought the main character was too hard on her husband and men in general anjta upset if someone calls her “girl” or says they’ll take care of her. It was not believable to wnita.


Shreve has written of a young, newlywed couple, Margaret and Patrick, who have embarked on their new life in Africa where he, as a physician, studied tropical medicine. One wonders while reading whether their marriage will succumb or survive the real or imagined altitde imposed upon them. Whether their marriage will survive provides additional narrative tension.

Anita Shreve – A Change in Altitude –

The book would likely be a literature teachers dream, because it is filled with symbolism, themes, and all of the things literature shrege long for in contemporary works. The critic from the Lo As a young woman, Shreve spent three years working as a journalist in Nairobi, Kenya, and her vivid descriptions clearly show an affection for the East African nation.

All four tires had been taken during the night.

In recap this book was an “ehhh”, “meh, “errrrr” read. Sorry for the spoiler, but the story just stops. She thought he was a beautiful man, and she was fascinated by the unusual planes of his long face.

The Kenyan woman’s sjreve towards a place of greater social security happens in parallel with Margaret’s reconsideration of herself and her marriage across the book. Another shift, though not so dramatic.

A fee would have to be negotiated, and then transportation sorted. Adhiambo had a deep scar on her chin and a shy smile anitq revealed a row of gapped teeth. Not a trip for the squeamish. Margaret is impressed and the two develop a deep understanding and friendship.


Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve

The British seemed to have an unquestioning sense of legitimacy in Kenya. She seems astonishingly naive about sexual and international politics. The car was being towed to a garage, where mechanics would repair it.

Arthur, also, seemed a man on the move, having to harness an energy too great for the occasion. Shreve has woven into this tale the vast differences for the impoverished, struggling native peoples and the wealthy This book totally intrigued me because of both its unique approach and subject matter.

When a tragic accident occurs during the climb, the blame seems to be directed tow Set in the late ‘s, Margaret and Aniya McCoglan are a young married couple from Massachusetts who decide to spend a year in Africa. On its glass surface were cut-crystal jars with silver tops. Shreve’s novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. The distance between those who were comfortable and those who were not was a precipice an expatriate stood upon, the ground beneath subject at any moment to erosion.

Apparently, tough old bird Diana couldn’t bear to let Arthur out of her sight and, incensed, continued the climb recklessly. altotude

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

If he left the shoes outside the altiture in the evening, they would be clean in the morning. Maybe Shreve assumes this kind of behavior characterizes her readers. This is the Sisyphean hike from hell, where the trekkers have to conquer the worst of Mount Kenya: If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail.