Bamboo: Essays and Criticism

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 15, 2011 - Literary Collections - 528 pages
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"Plant one bamboo shoot-cut bamboo for the rest of your life." William Boyd's prolific, fruitful career is a testament to this old Chinese saying. Boyd penned his first book review in 1978-the proverbial bamboo shoot-and we've been reaping the rewards ever since. Beginning with the Whitbread Award-winning A Good Man in Africa, William Boyd has written consistently artful, intelligent fiction and firmly established himself as an international man of letters. He has done nearly thirty years of research and writing for projects as diverse as a novel about an ecologist studying chimpanzees (Brazzaville Beach), an adapted screenplay about the emotional lives of soldiers (The Trench, which he also directed), and a fictional biography of an American painter (Nat Tate). All the while, Boyd has been accruing facts and wisdom-and publishing it in the form of articles, essays, and reviews.
Now available for the first time in the United States, Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood, his years at boarding school, and the writing life. From Kurt Vonnegut to the Cannes Film Festival, from Charles Dickens to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Cecil Rhodes, this collection is a fascinating and surprisingly revealing companion to the work of one of Britain's leading novelists.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Essays and reviews by Whitbread Award-winning Boyd (Restless, 2006, etc.) showcase an itinerant sensibility and imagination.The British author certainly covers a lot of territory in this bulky ... Read full review

Contents

The Lion Griefs
14
The First World War
40
Being Translated
53
AngloFranco
74
LITERATURE
87
William Golding
101
W H Auden
114
Raymond Carver
127
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Photograph
283
Claude Monet 2 97
297
AFRICA
309
Cecil Rhodes 32 5
325
The African Hundred Years War
341
The Trench
368
Hollywood Excess
382
Adapting Armadillo
396

Michael Ondaatje
129
Charles Dickens
148
Keeping a Journal
164
Ernest Hemingway
184
Anton Chekhov 1 2
211
Georg Grosz 2 2 3
225
Robert Hughes 2 38
238
Franz Kline
256
Michael Andrews
270
The Falklands War I
409
The Wright Brothers
424
Charlie Chaplin
438
The Duchess of Windsor
450
Charles Lindbergh
465
The British Caff
478
Montevideo
493
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William Boyd was given the Costa Novel Award for his most recent novel, Restless. He is also the author of eight other novels, three collections of short stories, and thirteen screenplays that have been made into films. He has received several other awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. William Boyd lives with his wife in London and southwest France.

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