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A Good Man in Africa

Boyd, William

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ISBN 10: 0688008208 / ISBN 13: 9780688008208
Published by William Morrow & Co., Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1982
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First US Edition - stated, First Printing with full number line - 1 thru 10. Whitbread Prize Winner. Clean, bright, tight, complete - no marks. A discriminating collector's copy - very close to "AS NEW." None of the usual fading to top board edges. If at all, was read very carefully. Mylar protected DJ. Bookseller Invt. # C00270168I. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000168

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Title: A Good Man in Africa

Publisher: William Morrow & Co., Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First US Edition.

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Morgan Leafy, a carefree British civil servant perennially in search of sexual adventure, must deal with Harvard-educated tribal chiefs, unalterably gentile Englishwomen, and a cursed lightning-struck corpse

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Morgan Leafy had high hopes when he first headed out to the small African nation of Kinjanja to serve as Her British Majesty's representative. But once there, Leafy's dreams of professional advancement and personal happiness soon fade: this son of an airport catering manager finds himself overtaken on the career ladder by other, newer recruits to the diplomatic corps who come from the right family and attended the right schools. What's worse, the girl of his dreams has just become engaged to someone younger, thinner, and better connected. And if all this weren't enough to make a career civil servant miserable, Leafy is also being blackmailed by a representative of one of Kinjanja's many political parties who has presented him with a puzzling task: get to know the Scottish medical doctor at a local university.

Author William Boyd has written about Africa before, most notably in his bestselling novel Brazzaville Beach. In A Good Man in Africa, Boyd spins a darkly comic tale of political corruption, revolution, sexual misadventure, blackmail, and death. By novel's end, Leafy may not have become a better man--or even a much wiser one--but he has acquired a kind of dignity and gritty courage for which he is well suited.

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