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Happiness Read & Download ✓ 104 À London A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide—Jean an American studying the habits of urban foxes and Attila a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech From this chance encounter Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in tAs he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends his “niece” who hasn’t called home in a while Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown and now her young son Tano is missingWhen by chance Attila runs into Jean again she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters Security guards hotel doormen traffic wardens mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London come together to. I was sure I would adore this book and I enjoyed plenty of it but parts left me bored and slightly confused This is a story of chance and coincidence of strangers meeting and lives slowly changing and I loved that aspect of it But it is also a book about animals in urban places and that I was not so keen onAminatta Forna tells her story slowly and considerately I had the impression that every word every sentence was placed very thoughtfully and carefully While I can appreciate her craft I also found it lifeless Her prose was just not uite sharp enough for me to excuse the rambling nature of her narrative While it is certainly accomplished for me something was lacking And I cannot uite put my fingers on what exactly the missing ingredient was but as it is I found the overall book less compelling than its many partsPart of that has to do with the fact that I found her two protagonists Attila the psychologist and Jean the biologist compelling when they weren't interacting with each other I thought Jean's struggle as a researcher who is missing her son was compelling and interesting and very close to my heart; Attila's restlessness and his interesting profession as somebody working with trauma was another highpoint for me but for some reason I did not find them believable together and I thought their interactions did not ring true to what their characters were on their own this might very well have been on purpose I know showing that they bring out the best in each other but it didn't really work for meThere were definite glimpses of brilliance here though Jean's interactions with her extended network of rubbish men and security and everybody else walking the streets were wonderful and lovely and absolutely felt true Her conversations with her son were painful to read but poignant Attila's love for his wife was wonderfully drawn and the juxtaposition with his restlessness was incredibly well done But this brilliance was not uite enough for me to off set the pages and pages of musings on coyotes and foxes and their changing habitats; a topic that I am very much not interested in at all and that Forna did not manage to make interestingI received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest reviewYou can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog

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Help As the search for Tano continues a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to uestion the impact of his own ideas on trauma the values of the society he finds himself in and a grief of his own In this delicate tale of love and loss of cruelty and kindness Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives our co existence with one another and all living creatures and the true nature of happines. fulfilling my 2020 goal to read at least one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperbackreview to come

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HappinessLondon A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide Jean an American studying the habits of urban foxes and Attila a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech From this chance encounter Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection Attila has arrived in London with two tasks to deliver a keynote speech on trauma. A chance encounter on Waterloo Bridge London Theatregoers en masse stream out into a sleety night Heavy foot traffic on Waterloo Bridge startles a fox Two pedestrians crash with the woman falling to the ground The gentleman helps her upDr Attila Asare a psychiatrist from Ghana has traveled to London to deliver a keynote speech at a psychiatry conference For years Attila has worked in war zones specializing in trauma experienced by survivors He is a big man with a hearty appetite When eating out he enjoys being seated near the kitchen in order to view the epicurean creations carried by waiters to the dining clienteleJean Turane an American is a wildlife biologist working on a two year independent study of urban foxes Jean a runner tracks the movement of foxes who are nocturnal solitary animals She gets an assist from some West African immigrants who have volunteered as fox spottersAttila's visit to London is multi faceted He is asked to check on his niece Ama who has not been reachable by phone A visit to her apartment is unsettling A neighbor informs Attila that immigration came two days ago Ama is located in hospital being treated for diabetes but her son Tano ten years old is missingHappiness by Aminatta Forna is a very rich multi layered novel Both Attila and Jean seem to have fulfilling careers but are alone having experienced loss of love They carry on ministering to others Attila works with trauma victims Jean with the fox population recording their movements trying to promote urban co existence between humans and foxes There are factions opposing Jean's work Lack of knowledge and panic are the driving forces Attila and Jean cross paths on occasion Is this for a reason or a seasonFor this reader Happiness was a most enjoyable and informative book The behavior and habitats of wolves coyotes and foxes was presented The character development was excellent as well This is a tome I highly recommendThank you Grove Atlantic and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Happiness