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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I was really looking forward to reading it, I had never read anything by Ms.

But I thought the main character was too hard on her husband and men in general getting upset if someone calls her “girl” or says they’ll take care of her. In the background, the book explores the lives of expatriates living in Nairobi who are essentially at the mercy of the land, culture and circumstances. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perhaps it is that critics tend to underrate the narrative gift even though it is all too rare. What did begin to grate a bit was that Margaret seemed to attract men like bees to a honeypot Her book Testimony, blew me away.

It was an awful smell, and Margaret was certain she would never get used to it. No mention was made of what Saartje did.

Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve

Her husband leaves her behind a low act, in my opinion and leaves her vulnerable to Arthur, who is showing signs of an attraction to Margaret.

He knew of a mechanic who would take care of her. I have read just about all of Anita Shreve’s books and this was not so good. She had to make the call with Arthur in the room and so sounded more enthusiastic than she actually felt, perhaps even a little breathless. He moved to the bed and sat beside Margaret, making sltitude deep V in the soft mattress.


The scene is Nairobi inwith Kenyatta still in power and the dark sail of Aids only just appearing on the horizon. Aug 24, Maia rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe? All parties are upset The Peugeot had stopped chane a paved road as she was onN her way to view a fl altitued. The smell of boiling horse meat made its way into the bedroom.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

That afternoon, James had taken a photograph of Margaret and Patrick. And afterwards, instead of saying “ya know what? Newly married Patrick and Margaret decide to make a trip to Kenya.

The author has beautifully melded the interior life of her characters with their surroundings. She hopes that the country will heal her and her marriage. She tried her best to show that she was capable of doing dangerous but in a stupid way.

At most all they did was establish a semi-friendship between Diana and Saartje that was not there between Diana and Margaret. No one in chahge family had ever used the word love before, though the connection among altitkde was fierce.

Although Margaret has problems dealing sreve the aftermath, it seems that Patrick just moves on like nothing happened, even though he was the only who wanted Margaret to undertake the climb.

Adhiambo had a deep scar on her chin and a shy smile that revealed a row of gapped teeth. A Change in Altitude is for die-hard Shreve fans only.

Nov 29, Charlotte Guzman rated it it was ok. In the 70s mountain climbing was not so popular and hikes were attempted without the specialist gear we have widely available now. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will anta be able to engage with them in any way. Instead, Shreve plunges you with a hammer on all the ‘meanings’ this little incident had even though till then from Margaret’s POV Arhtur had only been annoying and paternalistic and its dire consequences.


But nothing ahita resolved with Rafiq. That is not to say there is not an object, just that it isn’t approached in the bull-in-a-china shop way many male or mannish authors might attempt it.

Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve – The Globe and Mail

All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. 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. In recap this book was an “ehhh”, “meh, “errrrr” read. These are compliments in context, as it happens, and perhaps part of Shreve’s appeal is that she steps back while others step forward: 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.

Jan 03, Brittany Jedrzejewski rated it really liked it. Dec 02, Bookmarks Magazine rated it it was ok Shelves: The furniture in the drawing room had carved legs and ornate surfaces, ajita as well as decoration. But I confess that I read her furtively and feel sheepish about displaying her oeuvre on my library shelf.

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But that seemed ok for a while, because Shreve did quite a good job of softening Arthur’s caricaturesque edges and showing a more humane side. Take care of you. They are befriended by their hosts, Arthur and Diana, an unpleasantly complacent white colonial couple.

When Patrick developed a rash around his neck, Margaret capitulated. I’ve read nearly all of Anita Shreve’s novels.