A Change in Altitude

A Change in Altitude

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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 about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. 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.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africaand into the core of our most intimate relationships.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316020701
0316020702
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm.

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ninica
Apr 27, 2016

Well... I'll be honest: this novel falls short on so many levels that I'm not even certain that you can call it a novel... It started off with a very interesting plot but by Part 2 it just became a poor excuse for a book. Shreve basically sabotaged anything that could have, in my opinion, enhanced the storyline and made it interesting.

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dgrace
Nov 13, 2011

Good - but agree it's not one of her best. The descriptions of Africa and the people are the most interesting parts of the book.

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milano88
May 01, 2011

Not one of Shreve's best. Don't hold out for a good ending.

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21221012271000
Sep 07, 2010

A US couple --- Patrick a physician and Margaret a photojournalist --- set for an (3-yr) adventure in Kenya.

They befriend a British couple --- Arthur and Diana --- already living there.

The two couples plan scaling Mount Kenya. Diana slips off the glacier and dies.

this book relates the irrevocable impact of tragedy and the elusive nature of forgiveness.

Good read.

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redwallflower
Jul 20, 2010

The descriptions of Africa were the only parts of this book that held my interest. I was indifferent towards the characters in this book and found the circumstances that led to the breaking point for this couple to be ridiculous. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone other than Anita Shreve fans.

I remember not being so impressed with The Pilot's Wife when I read it years ago. I feel the same way about this one.

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verojaz
Mar 16, 2010

I like this book too much. It is not only a novel. It describes places in Africa that really makes you imagine those places.

Good! Easy reading for relaxing

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