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Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM By WilliamBoyd

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 electIn 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, 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.
  • Title: A Good Man in Africa
  • Author: WilliamBoyd
  • ISBN: 9781400030026
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback

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Ellen Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
This was William Boyd s award winning first novel so I thought I would give it a try after having LOVED Restless This is dated and terrible, not at all funny Don t waste your time I kept hoping it would get better and it didn t If I had known I wouldn t have wasted my time.
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Seana Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
I loved this book and was quite surprised to see so many one star reviews I think fans of Evelyn Waugh and of Kingsley Amis s Lucky Jim will like it It helps if you don t mind the protagonist being a reprehensible character.
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Ian Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Morgan Leafy is a great tragi comic character This is a good story with a lot of humour.
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Ensiform Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Overweight, beleaguered Morgan Leafy, a minor official in the fictional African country of Kinjaja, muddles his way through a series of misadventures He faces scandal, blackmail, and venereal disease, as well as a righteous Scottish doctor, whom he must attempt to bribe A very funny novel, with solid, human characters and wonderfully bizarre situations that are nevertheless believable than, say, Tom Sharpe s The plot unfolds compellingly, in three parts, with the middle part a flashback, and th [...]
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Brooke Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
I found this book absolutely hilarious I was literally in hysterics for an entire 20 page chapter my husband was looking at me in awe as I have not laughed that long or hard in ages, and as he says, I am a hard audience That being said, it s not a riot throughout, but Boyd develops the characters so well that he can pull this off artfully Having lived in Africa and England, I really appreciated Boyd s characters in all their Africanness and their Britishness Morgan Leafy is an aspiring diplomat [...]
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Al Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
The author s first novel In this case, as is often true with first novels, the early Boyd gets the worm This book is an over the top, scathing indictment of the English colonial presence in Africa The protagonist, Morgan Leafy, is a minor colonial official in a fictional west African country Attack fiction is fine, but the Leafy of the early pages is such a total waste moral, human, intellectual, sexual, you name it that I almost quit reading Sure, his situations are ridiculous not really funny [...]
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Leslie Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
3.5 Morgan Leafy is a civil servant in the early 1970s Foreign Service posted to the small mythical country of Kinjanja in Africa He simultaneously has inferiority and superiority issues he walks around with a huge chip on his shoulder but feels innately important than any of the Africans While this dicotomy is exaggerated in this satire, I suspect that it is not uncommon in people with Foreign Service postings in out of the way places in Africa, Asia and elsewhere However, Boyd s satire didn t [...]
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James Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
The blurb on the back cover made this sound like a fun book to read After reading the first 7 pages I was bored with the writing style the author keeps mentioning things that have happened to the protagonist, but then doesn t fully expand on them Unfortunately, we already know these titbits of information as they are on the back cover they need to be expanded Flicking through the rest of the book I realised I hadn t seemed to miss much by heading to the end all in all, a dissappointment as the c [...]
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Kusaimamekirai Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
There is an exchange about halfway through this story where the story s only morally decent character tells our morally ambivalent hero to beware confusing seeming and being This is in many respects the underlying theme of A Good Man in Africa The story is set in a small town in Africa where the remnants of an old British colonial outpost try to maintain their influence with local politicians On the surface, our hero Morgan is the frontman for these machinations and everything he does is through [...]
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Laurie Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Anyone with a name like Morgan Leafy is bound to have troubles His career has wandered onto a jungle path and got lost He s freckled, balding, going to fat Within the Foreign Office, he s a second stringer if ever there was one not Oxbridge, not connected to the right people or any people, for that matter and stuck in a provincial backwater in west Africa as second in command to an about to retire has been diplomat who spent his entire career in the Orient until, presumably because of his failin [...]
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Rogue Wilson Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
This is my third William Boyd I enjoyed Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms and so though it best I read his first novel that had won such international acclaim when published in 1981 I was disspointed Maybe some of the scandal of taking a black lover and vice versa or contracting a STD or being considered uptight sexually may have still titillated in some conservative circles in 1981 but I didn t find it that funny or even interesting I struggled to get started, was bored with the teenage like [...]
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Felisberto Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Um livro que vale bem a pena Inicialmente estava receoso sobre este livro, talvez por n o conhecer o autor que t o bem conceituado.Mas depois de o ler realmente uma livro que aconselho a ler por entretenimento Tem uma hist ria bem constru da, uma boa escrita tamb m, e elementos de divers o fant sticosPor vezes o melhor e o ideal n o ser se um homem melhor ou mais s bio mas simplesmente ter se a dignidade, a coragem e o respeito por si mesmo e pelos outros quando o merecem.O autor est de parab ns [...]
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Dale Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Wow I love William Boyd s versatility The humor in the book is a side splitting at some of his action novels are nail biting Poor Morgan Leafy, he has a lot on his plate as we are introduced to him, and the novel does a great job of ratcheting up that tension in the first section and then retracing the steps almost entirely missteps that led him to all his predicaments It is that subtle British humor, though, that provides the glue to stick all these scenes together and keeps us turning one page [...]
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Trish Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Boy this has been a struggle It s dated, not particularly funny, too much gratuitous sex, there are very few characters I actually liked especially the main character, who I ended up rooting for something bad to happen to and the one decent person in the whole thing gets gratuitously killed It doesn t even have a satisfying ending I probably wouldn t have bothered finishing it if it hadn t been for a Book Club.
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Paul The Uncommon Reader Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
This man has potential My fifth Boyd, this being the earliest of his that I ve read published in 1981.Once again, the book was not what I expected at all After reading and loving Waiting for Sunrise , with its clever plot and mature reflections on how humans perceive things, and adoring for different reasons the huge tapestry of adventure of Any Human Heart , here was something different again Basically a comic novel, a satire, a pastiche But I m not sure of what it is supposed to be a satire or [...]
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russell barnes Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Not as polished as Restless, cruder and lacking the ambition and emotional range of Any Human Heart, but engaging than The Blue Afternoon Will that do It s the story of put upon diplomat Morgan Leafy struggling to make any headway against the problems lobbed at him, often of his own making, in a forgotten Embassy in an African backwater Actually, A Good Man in Africa is a pretty entertaining romp in the Tom Sharpe mould Not that I can write of course, but you can easily spot these influences, l [...]
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Martin Boyle Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
This is a light and easy read think Whitehall Farce in Africa with little substance, full of cliches and only saved by Boyd s fluent writing It is a comedy, needs to be taken as such and parodies the life of ex pat Brits and their interactions with the local community in a former colony As a parody, the characters need to be seen as such, although you can overdo it, Mr Boyd It is Boyd s first novel, so the imperfections can, perhaps, be forgiven And I m probably being unfair in comparing its imp [...]
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Ivor Armistead Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Upon the recommendation of a Scottish book seller, I read William Boyd s Any Human Heart, which I thoroughly enjoyed The experience suggested I read of Boyd s work, and I decided to start at the beginning with a Good Man in Africa It was a disappointment.This book rambles along telling the story of a hapless junior British diplomat in a small African country who complicates his life through a series of bad judgments Some reviewers suggest it s a comedy I didn t get the joke I will give Boyd ano [...]
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Fleur Van dijl Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Read this one after Waiting for Sunrise, as I wasn t sure how to feel about that one This debut is much funnier, less subtle and mysterious and thus easier to appreciate immediately Now I am happy I ve read both an am considering Brazzaville Beach for a next read The author is very clever in his flashbacks and suspense, also a great storyteller and has a talent for portraying somewhat obnoxious and selfish outsiders forced to take action in awkward situations.
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David Grieve Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
William Boyd s first novel is quite old fashioned really A tragi comic main character gets into scrapes in a forgotten outpost in West Africa.It is very funny in parts and an enjoyable romp It reminded me strongly of Kingsley Amis, especially Lucky Jim, with which there are several parallels As a fan of Amis, this is clearly no bad thing
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Graham Penson Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Amusing and differentThis is a very amusing read Different setting in a very colonial Africa.The characters are mostly believable and certainly the authorveorked hard to make us enjoy their predicaments.
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Lily Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
I liked this, although it was completely different to what I was expecting I feel like I ve read some William Boyd in the past Any Human Heart and was expecting a lengthy, emotionally stirring read, but perhaps I m confusing him with another author This was fun and quick to read, not particularly groundbreaking but I liked the tragi comedy of it and ridiculous characters A number of reviews have commented on it being dated but I don t feel like it is maybe because they use home phones and not mo [...]
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Rogue Reader Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
The book is blurbed as wildly funny, rich in witty prose and I have to disagree I found the characters self absorbed, petty and ridiculous The protag, Morgan Leafy, in particular is filled with bile towards everyone except himself Had to put it down.
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Euan Carlile Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
A light hearted tale of the exploits of a junior British diplomat in a minor African country It is amusing, but dated and has than enough stereotypes, but an easy, unchallenging read.
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Danam Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
One of the books that left my in tears I laughed hysterically at some passages Very funny.
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Tanya Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Really enjoyed this Morgan Leafy has few redeeming traits, but his story keeps you reading nonetheless.
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GinaK Dec 04, 2020 - 18:09 PM
Hilarious and brilliantly observed Still one of his best.
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A Good Man in Africa By WilliamBoyd 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 electIn 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, 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.

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