A Good Man in Africa Paperback – 25 Feb 1982
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Wickedly funny (The Times)
If a widening grim is the test of a novel's entertainment value in retospect, A Good Man in Africa romps home (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job. His love of women, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success. But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with monitoring the front runner in Kinjanja's national elections, Morgan senses an opportunity to achieve real professional recognition and, more importantly, reassignment.
After he finds himself being blackmailed, diagnosed with a venereal disease, attempting bribery, and confounded with a dead body, Morgan realizes that very little is going according to plan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
A great light read.
The comedy is wince-making because it is more at Morgan's expense, generally, than any other's, and it is a cynical satirical look at the mess of Africa from the perspective of someone who is paid to understand it but really doesn't have a clue. Bribery, corruption, cuckolding, gonhorrea and pidgeon English meld the story into a tour-de-force of little-mindedness and cowardice, stiff-upper-lipped sacrifice and closed-minded stupidity.
It's just wonderful!
And the comedy is really entertaining so, a complete change of heart from the moment I started on the first pages. By the time I reached the end, I was sorry to let it go...
Morgan Leafy, the central figure, is a brilliant creation. Dissolute, lazy and prey to rampant frustration, he spends most of his days struggling to get by doing as little as he can get away with. (I wonder why I identify with him so well!) He is, however, a decent man at heart, though for most of the book he finds little opportunity to demonstrate his inner qualities.
Life has not gone to plan for Morgan. As the novel opens he is in his third year in Nkongsamba , a quiet region in the hinterland of Kinjanja, an independent West African state that until recently had been under British suzerainty. He works for the odious Arthur Fanshawe who represents all the hidebound attitudes and prejudices that proliferated in the 1970s. Morgan is sinking into ever deeper despair: he is being blackmailed by an ambitious and relentlessly corrupt local politician, the woman whom he had had visions of marrying has just announced her engagement to his younger, better looking junior colleague, and he has contracted gonorrhoea. And then things start to get worse …
Boyd relates the story with his customary pellucid, gripping prose. This was his first novel but he seemed to hit mid-season form almost immediately. Morgan Leafy is not a particularly nice man, but Boyd conjures huge empathy for him as everything seems to go wrong. Corruption abounds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It was funny, perceptive and had the African expatriates off to a tee. Poor old MorganPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still reading but can not get into it I do not think this is for mePublished 4 months ago by pat alberici
The title of the book is either purposely ironic or refers to a secondary character, as the main character is quite clearly flawed in many ways, although Boyd still makes him... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rjl
Oh dear - not at all what I was expecting. What unpleasant characters and an unpleasant story.Published 4 months ago by D. C. A. Price
Having read Ordinary Thunderstorms (brilliant!) by the same author , I was looking forward to thus book. However it seemed a bit dated and tried too hard to be funny.Published 5 months ago by Sarahj
If you like William Boyd you will probably have read it but if by any chance you are new to him I urge you to sample his gentle incisive humour and just wallow in a book that oozes... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gordon Wemyss
Still reading it but was laughing out loud which isn't often I do when reading. Having spent some time in Africa,the book also evokes the intensity of outsider experiencing the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by chris pike
I have read all of William Boyd!s books and am at present re reading his early books,in my opinion he should win the Nobel prize for literature.Published 8 months ago by james morgan
LOVED it. Worked overseas in West Africa and it is so true to life and very very funny.Published 8 months ago by Tamikh