Rules of the Wild

Rules of the Wild

by Francesca Marciano
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Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano

A mesmerizing novel of love and nostalgia set in the vast spaces of contemporary East Africa.

Romantic, often resonantly ironic, moving and wise, Rules of the Wild transports us to a landscape of unsurpassed beauty even as it gives us a sharp-eyed portrait of a closely knit tribe of cultural outsiders: the expatriates living in Kenya today. Challenged by race, by class, and by a longing for home, here are "safari boys" and samaritans, reporters bent on their own fame, travelers who care deeply about elephants but not at all about the people of Africa. They all know each other. They meet at dinner parties, they sleep with each other, they argue about politics and the best way to negotiate their existence in a place where they don't really belong.

At the center is Esmé, a beautiful young woman of dazzling ironies and introspections, who tells us her story in a voice both passionate and self-deprecating. Against a paradoxical backdrop of limitless physical freedom and escalating civil unrest, Esmé struggles to make sense of her own place in Africa and of her feelings for the two men there whom she loves—Adam, a second-generation Kenyan who is the first to show her the wonders of her adopted land, and Hunter, a British journalist sickened by its horrors.        

Rules of the Wild evokes the worlds of Isak Dinesen, Beryl Markham, and Ernest Hemingway. It explores unforgettably our infinite desire for a perfect elsewhere, for love and a place to call home. It is an astonishing literary debut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375703430
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 389,487
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Francesca Marciano is a documentary filmmaker who divides her time between Rome and Kenya. This is her first novel.

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Rules of the Wild 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazimg book. One of the best ive ever read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was going through a period in my life where I was so confussed and irritatted by very similar things as Esme, and reading this book opened my eyes to a lot of things. I've been reccomending this book to all of my friends and each one has turned back the same opinion: that they loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written, Marciano's use of language evokes such passion between her characters and for the places in which they live. I found myself completely engrossed in this book and longing for my own African adventure. A must read for anyone who has a desire to explore and a passion for living.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever been to Africa, you will know that it is not any ordinary place. Marciano uses superb language and beautiful images along with captivating storytelling in her novel, making it a true pleasure to read.