The colonial good guy

9 07 2016

A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd



Escapee from suburbia, overweight, oversexed … Morgan Leafy isn’t overburdened with worldly success. Actually, he is refreshingly free from it. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinjanja, it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery. Nor was it exactly oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the improbably pointed breasts of his boss’s daughter when officially banned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose …

Falling back on his deep-laid reserves of misanthropy and guile, Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation, betrayal and ju-ju that threatens to wash over him.

The improbably named hero Leafy runs from difficulty to problem to disaster and they keep stacking up for him as he stumbles from one mess to another. No-one comes out of this particularly well as the whole colonial edifice begins to crumble. Sharply observed and with plenty of comic scenes, some of which are extremely funny, it is certainly an entertaining read.





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