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A Change in Altitude: A Novel

4 Ratings: 1.5
A book by Anita Shreve

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 realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and … see full wiki

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Author: Anita Shreve
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
4 reviews about A Change in Altitude: A Novel
review by . November 03, 2009
Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors and Sea Glass has been my favorite Shreve novel to date. In comparison, A Change In Altitude was a bit disappointing to me. I have to be honest even though it pains me say anything bad about Shreve's work.     The charactes were either blah or over the top. I was unable to feel sympathy for any of them even during the times of tragedy which is a very sad thing to admit.     The story line is a simple one yet somehow …
review by . October 12, 2009
Interesting story about a young couple, Margaret and Patrick, and life-altering event that occurs while they are living in Kenya. The young couple partner up with two other couples on what was to be the adventure of a lifetime....to climb Mt. Kenya. But during the climb, a series of events primarily between Margaret and the husband of one of the other women in the party leads to strained relationships.....and ultimately to a catastrophic event that alters the lives of all involved forever. The story …
review by . September 19, 2009
In this latest effort, Shreve sticks to her general formula- how one moment, one decision can forever change a life. Margaret and Patrick are a young newlyweds living in Africa when a tragic moment on a mountain climb with their landlords causes a rift from which their marriage may never recover. The book covers the year following the actions on the mountain, and traces the efforts Margaret makes to rediscover her life and her love.    The book was well-written, and the flavor …
review by . September 09, 2009
A Change in Altitude
      Shreve consistently delivers well-conceived novels, drawing from her understanding of character and the all too human flaws that inhabit each of us. The canvas for this novel is Africa in the late 1970s, Patrick a doctor, Margaret wielding her camera, taking in the variety of the country. Patrick absorbed in his research, Margaret is left to her own resources, by chance- and a broken-down vehicle- stumbling on an English expatriate couple, Arthur and Diana, who offer the …
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