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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The relationship between protagonist Margaret, for example, and her husband Patrick, who are both in their late 20s is entirely different to what we’d read today about a twnetysomething couple–most whom wouldn’t even be married yet!

Jan 03, Brittany Jedrzejewski rated it really liked it. Margaret is an inexperienced climber and her confidence is further shaken on the practice hike, when she is attacked by biting ants and has to strip off her clothes to escape them. A buffalo threatens to charge; a vertical bog, virtually alive, sucks at boots and knees; steep scree results in two slides backward for every three steps forward; a glacier menaces; and rats crawl over hands and feet in the sleeping huts.

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

A surfeit of foreshadowing and a mound of mountain metaphors also puncture the novel’s power: Kenya with their land lords and another couple. As the cracks chabge her marriage widen, Margaret considers whether she can save her marriage, and as she explores her own passions, a part of her wonders if she wants to. Se also had no sense of right and wrong, and no conscience ok In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.


While I ultimately enjoyed this novel, I think it promised a lot more than it delivered.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve – Telegraph

Wel mooie beschrijvingen, maar het leek wat doelloos en onbevredigend: Jun 20, Sheila DeChantal rated it it was ok. The complexity of Margaret and Patrick’s personal relationships is deftly detailed throughout. A young married couple, relocated temporarily to Kenya because of the husband’s job he’s a doctordecide to undertake a challenging climb up Mount Kenya with two other couples.

The POV is Margaret’s–an apparently happy, well-adjusted, middle-class American girl Anira, Mass recently married to Patrick, a doctor, whom she has followed to Kenya while he pursues his doctorate research. Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Her novels The Weight of Water and Resistance became a films of the same name.

I was disappointed with this story. A s critical categories, both “literary fiction” and “commercial women’s fiction” are extremely unsatisfactory.

On the walls were photographs of people she could not identify, a wooden shield that had perhaps been used in battle, and a sunburst design of spears. This one felt a lot like Shreve had done her homework on the setting Kenya and the action mountain-climbing.

In the 70s mountain climbing was not so popular and hikes were attempted without the specialist gear we have widely available now.

He tried to start the car in case the problem was simply a lack of petrol; Margaret was, after all, a woman. Although the couple have been together for two years and married for five months, in some ways they are still strangers, getting to know each other in a foreign land. Every now and then, a stinker of a sentence slips through: I would have liked to know and understand him better. She blogs frequently at chez-ami. These are anitaa in context, as it happens, and perhaps part of Shreve’s appeal is that she steps back while others step forward: Set in the late ‘s, Margaret and Patrick McCoglan are a young married couple from Massachusetts who decide to spend a year in Africa.

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Perhaps the superhumanly productive Anita Shreve could be persuaded to write a sequel and put this right. None of the characters were likable, and although there was some action in the story, the story just never had that “wow” effect. She sometimes held one in her hands. Then the crisis was reached and part 2 began.

Bub I hated it. On the glacier, the wife of the “cheating” husband unclips hersel A couple falls in love in Africa, and begins a life together. Kenya and the moments before and after the big plot drop.

Review: A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve

I even checked to see if there was a page missing. I also miss there being even a shred of humor anywhere in the book plot, dialog, anything.

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With all that said, in the end it felt like the story line just stopped. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be aniita to engage with them in any way.