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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Mar 23, Deanna rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I usually can find meaning in just about anything but this was a disappointment. And of course, check out other opinions on this one.

Later he grew better and caring towards his wife. Margaret imagined an early settler, the books all there were available to him of the printed word in Nairobi, reading and rereading them by lantern light. Once, when Patrick and Margaret left town for a long weekend to travel to the Serengeti, they returned to a cottage from which the contents of their bedroom had been emptied.

Anita Shreve – A Change in Altitude –

In a brief final section, Margaret makes peace with Mount Kenya and with herself, finding an unsuspected inner strength. This kind of accident still happens and I found it totally credible. She’s done this before and I find it so unpleasurable. Patrick told Margaret over tuna on rye that he was completing a fellowship in equatorial medicine.

The British seemed to have an unquestioning sense of legitimacy in Kenya. Furthermore–or, worse–Shreve coats the entire expedition with a sense of urgency and importance that I never believed.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Not this Saturday, but the next. In a few minutes, Margaret would dress for dinner. She sometimes held one in her hands. The picture was of Margaret in a chair just beyond the Dutch door of their new cottage in Africa.

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 cyange author must — never loses her capacity to surprise and enlighten.


At one point Margaret’s camera is taken from her, as in Masai culture, women are not allowed any possessions. Usually page turners but nothing to write home about. The book covers the year following the actions on the mountain, and traces the efforts Margaret makes to rediscover her life and her love.

Arthur worked all the hours of the day as head of sales at Colgate-Palmolive; Diana bred Rhodesian ridgebacks and had z time for people. Read our community guidelines here. She died on March 29,at her home at Newfields, New Hampshire, from cancer; she was The ones in the cottage altitufe mismatched and had chips in them. I don’t usually write reviews but, in this instance, I felt others should be forewarned before investing their time.

On the glacier, the wife of the “cheating” husband unclips herself from the guide rope with the intention of going ahead. You could say this makes the story more accessible.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

The ending left me wanting more. Nah, I really didn’t like it. Aug 18, Bree T rated it it was ok Shelves: Then the crisis was reached and altotude 2 began.

The book was easy to put down, and I never felt like I really cared about what happened next. It is a tragedy that will, metaphorically, put Margaret and Patrick’s marriage on ice.

Margaret was totally lost, with nothing to do except wander around and have her car stolen by locals.

I was interested in the social and political ground she covered in this book set in Kenya, but the relationship between the main characters, a photojournalist and her doctor, was just too dry and colorless to engage me. It just ends, boom, a literal cliff hanger, and based on everything that came before, it seems almost impossible that she would survive.

Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve

Patrick, a husband who didnt know how and where to give importance. On the climb, he holds her hand as they sleep due to her being afraid of the rats Second of all the characters were a little stiff and I didn’t connect to them and their story. She looked around her at the room: Well it might be Anita shreve’s style which i am new to.


View all 5 comments. In Africa, the couple meets Diana and Arthur a British couple, who convinces them to climb Mount Kenya with them, accompanied by an expert guide.

It’s as though the author traveled to Africa and was required by her publisher to incorporate that experience into a new novel as quickly as possible. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. It must have to do, she thought, with the equatorial sun, a distinctive angle of light. A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.

How does one move on from a reckless moment that has led to irreversible consequences? Jun 13, Suzifla rated it did not like it.

On the walls were photographs of people she could not identify, a wooden shield that had perhaps been used anitw battle, shdeve a sunburst design of spears. Although she is probably writing for the same audience, she doesn’t write the same book over and over again–one of the reasons I will always read her newest: Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.

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. The kitchen had a Dutch door; the bedroom had a bathroom.