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Brazaville Beach is the story of a female research in biological/geological fields. The story is told through several flashbacks and is divided between her meeting and marrying her husband, a brilliant mathematical scientist and her subsequent move to a remote job researching behavioural patterns of Chimpanzees in Africa.
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The story is ostensibly that of how the protagonist comes to terms with her new life and the problems she faces with her dislike for several of her coworkers with whom she is often confined. However, the book takes on another dimension when she discovers that several of the chimps are savagely killed. She comes to realise that the chimps are nowing showing real human characteristics, ambushing each other and even comitting premeditated murder. The book concentrates on her attempts to convince her stubborn colleagues of the discovery she's made, even though it goes completely against recorded science.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   monkey Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   nature lovers living in wild

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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