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ISBN:
067977260X
Author:
William Boyd
Category:
History & Criticism
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage; Reprint edition (January 14, 1997)
Pages:
367 pages
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1905 kb
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1844 kb
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Rating:
4.3
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We’re booked for Yokohama on the twenty-fifth. That gives us plenty of time. Axel’s waiting, ready. Axel says he’ll get us to Singapore in six or seven days. We can pick up any boat going west to Suez

We’re booked for Yokohama on the twenty-fifth. I just have to give him a few days’ notice. He made absolutely no fuss about the conditions. A routine job for him, probably, all this clandestine stuff. All right, she said, making a decision. We can pick up any boat going west to Suez. Her eyes went distant, as if she were focusing again on those magical cities that had been the context for their fantasies of escape.

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William Boyd The Blue Afternoon PROLOGUE I remember that afternoon, not long into our travels, sitting on deck in the mild mid-Atlantic sun on a slightly smirched and foggy day, the sky a pale washed-out blue above the smokestacks, when I asked my father what it felt like to pick up a knife and make an incision into living human flesh. He thought seriously for a while before replying. It depends on where you cut,' he said. Читать онлайн The Blue Afternoon.

The Blue Afternoon book. The Blue Afternoon is yet another incredibly good William Boyd novel. Well structured and well realised, it has been written with both strength and beauty, and presents a real understanding of the human condition. The cultural details which Boyd weaves in are fascinating, and the story unfolds in an effective way.

William Boyd was born in Ghana and educated at the universities of Nice, Glasgow and Oxford. His first novel, "A Good Man in Africa," won the 1981 Whitbread Prize and the 1982 Somerset Maugham Award; his second, "An Ice-Cream War," was winner of the 1982 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize.

The Blue Afternoon (1993) is a novel by William Boyd. It won the Sunday Express Book of the Year in the year of its publication and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It is Los Angeles 1936. Kay Fischer is a young, ambitious architect who is shadowed by a mysterious stranger claiming to be her father.

William Boyd, Prefers to Remain Anonymous. The Aero-mobile stood outside its shed; in front of it stretched eighty yards of new planked roadway. es set against the front wheels of the supporting carriage. Pantaleon jerked down on the propeller and there came a fart of noise from the engine and a puff of bluish smoke from the exhaust. He pulled again and this time it caught. He leapt back and the blade began to spin, blurring into a shimmering disc.

The Blue Afternoon" certainly sits firmly in unusual context(s)-the Philippines 1903, Los Angeles and Lisbon 1936-and boasts some fascinating characters.

Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). The Blue Afternoon" certainly sits firmly in unusual context(s)-the Philippines 1903, Los Angeles and Lisbon 1936-and boasts some fascinating characters. In the latter category, the principals include a Filipino/Scottish surgeon, an American married woman who is the love of his life, a 30-something daughter who he has never seen and a Filipino anesthesiologist who aspires to be the first man to fly. There are abundant meaty secondary characters in support of the story.

A turn-of-the-century love story, set in Manila, between an American woman and Filipino-Spanish mestizo by the popular storyteller William Boyd.

Author: William Boyd. Winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award. A turn-of-the-century love story, set in Manila, between an American woman and Filipino-Spanish mestizo by the popular storyteller William Boyd. It’s a memorable tale, richly detailed.

About The Blue Afternoon. A perfect-pitch story of love and redemption" (The New York Times), Boyd’s atmospheric new novel confirms his reputation as heir to the grand narrative traditions of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. In 1936 Los angeles, as her long-estranged father tells architect Kay Fischer the story behind her secret parentage, he plunges readers into a tale of grisly murders and an illicit passion that still obsseses him 30 years later. About The Blue Afternoon.

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"A perfect-pitch story of love and redemption" (The New York Times), Boyd's atmospheric new novel confirms his reputation as heir to the grand narrative traditions of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. In 1936 Los angeles, as her long-estranged father tells architect Kay Fischer the story behind her secret parentage, he plunges readers into a tale of grisly murders and an illicit passion that still obsseses him 30 years later. 384 pp. Author tour.
  • Gaeuney
I have read two previous books by Boyd; Good Man in Africa and Any Human Heart. A wonderful writer who has enormous ability, SO......I was VERY disappointed to read The Blue Afternoon. Wonderful title, and that is where it stopped for me. I really had to force myself to finish this rather weak story about a doctor who finds the architect daughter he has never met, and encourages her (without very much ado) to accompany him to Lisbon to seek out a woman who was once the great love of his life.
On the way he discloses the story of his life to his daughter and the narrative is taken up by her. There are murders and subterfuge, illicit love, various passions and complex characters but it all misses the boat.
For me there was nothing to save this novel. If it was the first book written by Boyd I had read I would not have pursued him further, which would have been to my detriment.
I had the feeling The Blue Afternoon was written in a hurry as a "filler" or "pot boiler" while Boyd worked on something more substantial.
The plot is flimsy and unbelievable, the characters are ill defined and unappealing and I find it hard to believe this is the same Boyd who wrote Any Human heart!
It doesn't make me feel good to write a bad review about William Boyd's work, because I know he is so much better than this.
  • Lanionge
You might not like all of William Boyd's novels, but you can never criticize his work for lacking originality or interesting characters. "The Blue Afternoon" certainly sits firmly in unusual context(s)--the Philippines 1903, Los Angeles and Lisbon 1936--and boasts some fascinating characters. In the latter category, the principals include a Filipino/Scottish surgeon, an American married woman who is the love of his life, a 30-something daughter who he has never seen and a Filipino anesthesiologist who aspires to be the first man to fly. There are abundant meaty secondary characters in support of the story.

Largely a tale of passionate but thwarted love, the storyline is intelligent and credible despite the exotic settings and extreme ambitions and actions of its characters. As always with Boyd's books, you find yourself saying, "man, how did he come up with this stuff?" He is truly a fine writer with outsized imagination and creativity.
  • Malarad
Sadly, Boyd didn't make me care enough about his tale, which I found overwritten, or his characters, which I thought underdeveloped. After a while I found myself impatiently skimming the improbable 1902 love story--an infatuation, really--between the married Philippine surgeon Salvador Carriscant and his married American lover. Nor did I think the device Boyd chose for telling the story worked. The tale is told in 1936--30-plus years after the fact--by Carriscant's's adult daughter, whom he enlists the first time he sees her since her birth to help him find his former lover. A sense of doom also pervades Carriscant's career at his hospital where one of his two superiors is a mean-spirited drunk, the other a hardened and fearful has-been. A couple of minor storylines allow Boyd to conclude with a surprising ending. But by that time my interest in The Blue Afternoon was beyond rekindling.
  • Dominator
This is another fine read from an author possessed of a lyrical and easy style and a profound wealth in his heart.
  • Datrim
Boyd is a fabulous story teller and The Blue Afternoon is simply a splendid read. The protagonist, Dr. Carriscant is such a compelling character the reader can not help but get sucked into his life and his tale. I have read most of Boyd's novels, all of which range from good to very good to great. This one is near the top of the list in my opinion. Enjoy!
  • Cobyno
Interesting story but it didn't quite come together. The characters needed to be better developed, the plot depends too much on accidental meetings.
The description of medical procedures in Manila are mind boggling and make you shudder. The murder suspense is never sufficiently explained or solved. This is not as well written as Boyd's other books.
  • Dorilune
the writing is always good from Willim Boyd but this charactor finds himself in some situations which just do not fit with his standing or character. The denouement is also unlikely, lacking in detail and very unsatisfactory..
Another good story holding your attention until the end.