Blue Afternoon

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Random House, Jan 31, 2012 - Fiction - 324 pages
43 Reviews
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
An intriguing and complex plot, very readable. - 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

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User Review  - Jo Verity - Goodreads

I'm a William Boyd fan but 'The Blue Afternoon' simply doesn't work for me. The whole thing feels clunky and contrived. I'm not averse to 'a story within a story'- but neither story convinces or grips ... Read full review

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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