Blue Afternoon

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Random House, Jan 31, 2012 - Fiction - 324 pages
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His name is Salvador Carriscant and thus begins Kay Fischer's journey into the past of this beguiling and seductive older man who claims to be her father. A young architect, struggling to establish her career in Los Angeles in the 1930s, Kay is initially resistant and skeptical. But, increasingly, she finds herself trammeled up in his concerns and is enlisted by him in a bizarre quest that has its origins in the Philippines, in Manila, in 1902. As he begins slyly to confide in her she comes to learn about the extraordinary central event in Carriscant's life, a love affair of uncommon intensity, and, at the same time, a baffling and compelling mystery of murder and mutilation, rivalry and betrayal, surgery, flying machines and crystallized violets.

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Good plot-master, so-so character development. - Goodreads
Boyd's writing is so beautifully descriptive... - Goodreads
Plot moves quickly and surprises reader effortlessly. - Goodreads
... interesting conventions to move the plot along. - Goodreads
The plot in the end meant little to me. - Goodreads
Funnily, the plot is also telenovelaish. - Goodreads

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A complex plot, historical fiction, mystery, love story. Begins and ends in 1936, from the perspective of an architect going through her own personal hard times. She meets a man who claims to be her ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana in 1952. He is the author of five other novels and a collection of short stories that have been published around the world in over two dozen languages. In addition, eight of his screenplays have been filmed, the most recent of which is A Good Man in Africa, based on his first novel. He is married and lives in London.

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