The Blue Afternoon, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
52 Reviews
"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.


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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
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The plot in the end meant little to me. - Goodreads

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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

Contents

TEA WITH PATON BOBBY
THE FOURCYLINDER 12 HP FLANQUIN
1903
TWO PROPELLORS PUSHING
RAIN
SCALPEL
THE BLUE AFTERNOON
THE GIRLS ON THE PONY

SEVEN
EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
MANILA1902
TONGUE
THE FIRST BODY
THE NIPA BARN
CHEZ DR ISIDRO CRUZ
THE AERO MÓVIL
BAD BLOOD
A DIET OF BEEF TEA
ON THE LUNETA
THE HOUSE AT SAN TEODORO
DAWN ON THE PASIG
THE BRIDGE AT SANTA MESA
PITCH YAW AND ROLL
INTO THE BODY
A SIMPLE SURGEON
HIPPOTHEETICAL
THE SUTURED HEART
AN OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT
THE LIBRARY
TRIAL RUN
BRAHMS
IN THE NIPA BARN
THE RAID
THE LETTER
PRAGMATISM
VIENNA PARIS MOSCOW ROME
A BOTTLE OF BLOOD
THE TOY
A FUNERAL
THE LOST FLIGHT OF PANTALEON QUIROGA
ESCAPE
LISBON1936
SUNDAY MAY 3
MONDAY MAY 4
TUESDAY MAY 5
WEDNESDAY MAY 6
THURSDAY MAY 7
WILLIAM BOYD
Books by William Boyd
BOOKS BY WILLIAM BOYD
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About the author (2010)

William Boyd’s first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.


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