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on 21 May 2014
As someone who lived as an ex-pat in West Africa for 20 years in the 50s and 60s, even the cover of this book evoked fond memories. Although of course things have obviously changed since then, there were much that was familiar in the descriptions of the setting and lifestyles. I found the time-frame of the narrative confusing, partly because my Kindle for some reason threw me into the epilogue when I first opened the book, and also meant I couldn't easily read the post-cards which interspersed the chapters. The ending also seemed very sudden, and unclear and somewhat unsatisfying. I think perhaps I need to read it again one day to make more sense of it.