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Author: Mackenzie Ford
ISBN13: 978-0307456168
Title: The Clouds Beneath the Sun
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Language: English
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Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
Pages: 464

The Clouds Beneath the Sun by Mackenzie Ford

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Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War, which was praised in USA Today as an absorbing, morally complex read. Now Ford takes us to Kenya in 1961. However, I didn't expect the book to end the way it did,and although it made complete sense I found it somewhat disappointing. All in all The Clouds Beneath the Sun is really worth reading and it will take you back to 1961, to the Serengeti, to learn about the Maasai people and the social upheaval before the independence in Kenya. ww. heleisurediaries.

An exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue. Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War, which was praised in USA Today as ';an absorbing, morally complex read.

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About book: I think we are about ready to begin, if you’d all like to sit down. Eleanor stood on the low stage in front of the gentle rake of seats in the main lecture hall in the Royal College in Nairobi. With her silver hair in the tightest of chignons, her crisp white shirt, and her wrap-over khaki skirt, Natalie thought she looked more French than ever. The lecture hall had no windows, so it was cool. Huge saucer-shaped lights hung from black cables anchored in the wooden ceiling. A silver-white screen stood behind the stage

Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War, which was praised in USA Today as "an absorbing, morally complex read. As a small plane carrying Natalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Natalie knows she’s run just about as far as she can from home. Susan B. (Coventry, RI). The Clouds Beneath the Sun I began reading this book while I was in the middle of another novel that I was enjoying; I thought I would read them concurrently. Surprise! Once I began "The Clouds Beneath the Sun" I couldn't put it down! The setting of an archeological dig in East Africa was unfamiliar to me but it was well-described.

The Clouds Beneath the S. .has been added to your Cart. The descriptions of the wildlife in Africa and the land itself was vividly and beautifully described by Mackenzie Ford. When Natalie does arrive at the camp site, she is happy to see everyone has his/her own tent with private bath facilities.

Hachette UK, 12 нояб. com/books/about/The Clouds Beneath The Sun. html?hl ru&id IpbXouWhCBQC. As a small plane carrying Nathalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Nathalie knows she's run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archaeologist, she has fought hard to be included in a team excavating ruins in Kenya, her first opportunity to escape England and the painful memories of her past. Пользовательский отзыв - sshartelg - LibraryThing. Overall, I liked this book about a scandal-plagued anthropological dig in early 1960s Kenya.

Kenya, 1961. When Natalie Nelson’s plane lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, she knows she’s run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to join a famous excavating team in order to escape England and the painful memories of her past. But before she can get her bearings, the dig is surrounded by controversy involving the local Maasai people, and Natalie is swept up in a passionate affair that threatens to spark even more violence and turmoil.   The startling beauty of Africa, the tension of loom­ing social upheaval, and the dizzying highs of a doomed love affair are all captured brilliantly in this extraordinary and utterly unforgettable novel.

Reviews: 7
An archeologist excavation in Kenya filled with brilliant paleontologists is the setting of the book...the characters' work, cultural differences, and inter-personal relationships encompasses the main plot. In the first few pages the main character, Natalie Nelson, is on her way from Cambridge University to the camp, and she comes across a herd of elephants actually carrying out a mourning ritual...her first glimpse of the mesmerizing sights and sounds of Africa. The descriptions of the wildlife in Africa and the land itself was vividly and beautifully described by Mackenzie Ford.

When Natalie does arrive at the camp site, she is happy to see everyone has his/her own tent with private bath facilities. This is especially comforting the following evening since she didn't get a warm welcome at dinner as a result of her being the novice paleontologist and making a comment that was viewed as criticism of one of the veteran archeologists.

Just as things got better with that situation, and as the excavating continued, two veteran paleontologists, Richard and Russell, do something unthinkable, and a murder occurs. The sole witness happens to be Natalie. Natalie tries to relax and forget about the trial each night with a drink and a cigarette while listening to the African animals that circle the camp. The trial gets pretty complicated and worrisome for Natalie....a plea made to the Maasai chief concerning the trial is denied....the legal and cultural issues are of the utmost concern.

The book was a little slow, but does become a lot better in terms of "action" as you turn the pages to the final chapters....the focus of the archaeological dig, the murder trial, Natalie's turmoil dealing with it, the power of money, societal issues within Africa, relationship issues among a group of people working and living together, personal secrets, and family issues that included sibling rivalry, betrayal, and deceit keep your interest.

It wasn't a riveting novel, but it was intense at times, and it did bring you culturally into another very interesting society. The characters were well developed, and you could feel their pain, fear, triumphs, comradery, and all emotions that may have been felt from living in the middle of a beautiful, exotic African landscape. Being a passionate, knowledgeable paleontologist would have been even more helpful for enjoying the book.

My rating is a 4/5 because the "dig" was very interesting and the cultural aspect made you think how we are all the same, but also different. Even though the ending depicted the beautiful symbolism of the Maasai people, it will haunt you and make you realize what cunning, cruel, jealous, self-motivated creatures we humans can be.
It was in the chaotic Africa of the early 1960s that the organization known as KANU arranged independence talks in Kenya, in anticipation of forming a Republic to achieve independence from British governance. This must have been a momentous event to witness, even with the friction of overstressed race relations. Tribal groups such as the Kikuyu and the Maasai had long rejected foreign influence and policies, keeping to their own laws and their own lands. But planted firmly within these lands were also scientists who made important discoveries, chief among these being the Oldupai Gorge in the Serengeti Plains. This is an actual place given the title "The Cradle of Mankind," where hominid specimens were found and considered prime proof of a singular evolutionary origin for humans.

The story begins in this climate in 1961, where British archaeologist Natalie Nelson sets off for Kenya from Cambridge. Natalie's interest relates to a particular dig she's been invited to, where she'll be part of a team that includes some impressive individuals. The foremost is Eleanor Deacon, the most known name in the field, who boasts frequent sightings of hominid fossils at the gorge where she works. But Natalie has other reasons for leaving too: she's been discarded by her lover and rejected by her father after her mother's suicide. The turmoil of Natalie's private life has left her with nothing to keep her grounded.

Upon Natalie's arrival at the gorge, she joins the team and labors by day in the sweltering heat and dust of the dig site. Her free time in camp becomes uncomfortable once it's clear that she's become the object of obsession for some of her male colleagues. But her motivations are simple: to work, so it comes as a relief when the breakthroughs begin. Two aggressive colleagues are the first to make groundbreaking discoveries, recovering bones that prove the significance of bipedalism in early hominids. This is a finding that Richard and Russell become overly eager to publish, yet Eleanor will not allow submission without scientifically relevant comparisons. Their zeal to prove themselves leads the two men to do something awful. One night, while the rest are sleeping, they visit a Maasai burial ground and pilfer some bones, returning to camp with them. On discovering this, Eleanor and the others are appalled and declare their actions to be immoral and unforgivable, and Eleanor knows the infraction will provoke the tribe. Just as the land itself is fraught with danger and beauty, so seems to be the lives of those who live there.

Eleanor's fears are confirmed when Richard is found dead from a brutal machete slash. With Natalie being the sole witness to the only suspect --- a Maasai warrior they know --- she faces testifying at a criminal trial that will gain national attention. To her team's dismay, the Maasai tribe has threatened to reclaim the gorge as well, and those in power have disparaged Natalie's testimony as a racially charged slur. In Kenya's unstable climate, this is dangerous. The incident threatens the tentative peace between the British and natural Kenyans, with violent mobs now gathering and on the verge of rebellion.

Natalie also faces a different kind of dilemma, as somewhere along the way she realizes she's fallen in love. There have been three men in Kenya who have pursued her, but she's interested in only one: Jack, the oldest of Eleanor's sons. Jack is a pilot and a symbolic member of the Maasai tribe who loves the land as much as she does. After fending off his pursuits, Natalie finally succumbs and becomes intimately involved. But their shared passions as a team are ultimately intellectual. The fate of the gorge will be considered most important.

THE CLOUDS BENEATH THE SUN seems reminiscent of the movie Out of Africa, aside from the agricultural focus of that film. The most striking similarity is in the careful way the land is depicted, with some awe-inspiring renderings of the Serengeti that are vivid enough to take your breath away. All of this scenery, viewed by land and by air, is magnificent enough to leave readers yearning for the real thing. Scenes of vast herds rumbling in motion across the golden grasslands are particularly memorable. This writing would arouse the deepest passions of the most reclusive readers. The protagonists are similar as well, coming from a cultivated Western world but loving the savage, free beauty of Africa enough to make the land their home. They have integrated into native tribal cultures and have gained the respect and consideration of the elders. There are some incredible aspects to this book that may not appeal to everyone but that I found to be extraordinarily beautiful.

Any readers who might be seeking a simple, sweet romance should look elsewhere. The love story is important but not the main focus. This is an intellectually inspiring story that offers beautiful imagery along with thoughtful themes, science and little-known history.