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 liked every page in this book. Diana had on a blue cotton sundress. Nov 29, Charlotte Guzman rated it it was ok. She blogs frequently at chez-ami. To dress casually was to flaunt the ability to do so, as well as to advertise oneself as an American.

Anita Shreve is, in all senses of the word, an attractive writer.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

It takes four days. I feel like she just simply ended cnange book because she didn’t know where else to go with it. All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This also means I’ve had very different reactions to her books. Among other jobs, Shreve spent three years working as a journalist in Kenya. Aotitude 10, Katherine Beaver rated it liked it. This novel is a marvelous study of a relationship and the often capricious forces that can threaten it.


The picture was of Margaret in a chair just beyond the Dutch door of their new cottage in Africa. In a tragedy, can blame or responsibility be assigned? The meal was lamb with mint sauce. Where this book is a let down, was characters. 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. But there is usually a great desire to smack her leading women for me anyway in the head. The two couples along with a slightly random third pair decide during a drunken dinner to climb Mount Kenya together.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She was having trouble presenting the doctor in a flattering pose: Patrick asked her if she had ever climbed a mountain.

Patrick set his doctor bag and his briefcase on the floor. When they return home there is another unsettling incident: But my two cents are that Shreve has done better and I think if you were new to this author this would not be the one I suggest you start with.

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

Sorry for the spoiler, but the story just stops. Shreve, but had heard good things about her writing.

My recommendation–if you are a huge Shreve fan “read it, and decide for yourself”. The ending was VERY disappointing. More from the web. Not to employ a servant was to deny an African a job. James never refused the money. Not this Saturday, but the next.


A Change in Altitude

An irreversible crisis and its reverberations form the core of A Change in Altitude. Or Margaret made it so. Jan 07, Mary Robinson rated it it was ok. She can always be relied on to produce a good yarn without pretensions to great literary merit.

It was in her lungs and blood now.

Despite the heat, he wore long trousers, another gesture of respect. Perhaps the superhumanly productive Anita Shreve could be persuaded to write a sequel and put this right.

Some critics snub Shreve’s work, perhaps because she is prolific, appeals to a mass market audience, and understands the lure of a page-turning plot. Perhaps this book wouldn’t have been so disappointing if I hadn’t recently finished the absolutely incredible Testimony where the characters so truly touched me that the story continues to resonate. Beauty depended upon how these features had been arranged, and Patrick seemed to have gotten a goodly share.