This is William Boyd's third volume of short stories following his acclaimed collections on the Yankee Station (1981) and The Destiny of Nathalie X (1995). Described as "the finest storyteller of his generation", Boyd shows his mastery of the form as these stories range widely through time and space. in a brilliant array of styles and narratives we move from 1930s Germany to Los Angeles in the Second World War, from contemporary Oxford to 19th century Russia. Whether in London or Amsterdam. Eastbourne or a Normandy village these stories explore and expose the fraught, funny, absurd, poignant and lovelorn lives of their many and varied characters.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RussellBittner - LibraryThing
Sometimes it’s merely the uncanny juxtaposition of two simple words that lets us know we’re reading a great writer. “(V)ast insouciance” — from the short story “The Pigeon” — is such an example ... Read full review
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The short stories in this collection are definitely not the sort you find in Woman's Weekly Fiction Special. They are distinctly literary, suitable for people who like to read, re-read and puzzle over ... Read full review