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Wiliam Boyd winner of the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards introduces unlikely heroes desperate to redeem their unsatisfying livesFrom California poolsides to the battlegrounds of Vietnam here is a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their. Very impressive variety of short stories here There's comedy and there's creepy and it's all very enjoyable The stories seem to grow organically so one may be surprised to be surprised if you know what I mean A very strong 45 Extreme Pumpkins II redeem their unsatisfying livesFrom California poolsides to the battlegrounds of Vietnam here is a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their. Very impressive variety of short stories here There's comedy and there's creepy and it's all very enjoyable The stories seem to grow organically so one may be surprised to be surprised if you know what I mean A very strong 45

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Can pilot in Vietnam underestimaets the power of revenge when he relentlessly persecutes a member of his maintenance crew With droll humor and rare compassion Boyd's enthralling stories remind us of his stature as one of contemporary fiction's finest storytellers. I’m not normally a fan of short story collections but an exception can always be made for the excellent writing of William Boyd This is a good deal conventional and accessible than the later collection ‘Fascination’ and I enjoyed it a lot Largely about sex or a uest for it the stories have a beginning middle and an end and are easy to understand In some cases too easy – I was sure I must be missing something profound I am constantly amazed by the breadth of this author’s range – from a washed up Hollywood child star to a bumptious RAF pilot to a girl working in the circus he gets inside all their heads Impressive stuff The Art of the Hustle revenge when he Adolfo Kaminsky relentlessly persecutes a member of his maintenance crew With droll humor and Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ rare compassion Boyd's enthralling stories 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten remind us of his stature as one of contemporary fiction's finest storytellers. I’m not normally a fan of short story collections but an exception can always be made for the excellent writing of William Boyd This is a good deal conventional and accessible than the later collection ‘Fascination’ and I enjoyed it a lot Largely about sex or a uest for it the stories have a beginning middle and an end and are easy to understand In some cases too easy – I was sure I must be missing something profound I am constantly amazed by the breadth of this author’s Messy Jessy range – from a washed up Hollywood child star to a bumptious RAF pilot to a girl working in the circus he gets inside all their heads Impressive stuff

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Sole escape from life's ineuities Stranded in an African hotel during a coup an oafish Englishman impresses a young stewardess with stories of an enchanted life completely at odds with his sordid existence in The Coup In the title story an arrogant sadistic Ameri. On The Yankee Station by William Boyd is a series of short stories the longest of which provides the title for the set This particular story is a superb piece of short fiction much than a short story confronting in less than twenty five pages several big issues and at the same time drawing its characters in considerable complex detail Set on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War it describes the antagonistic relationship between two crew membersPfitz is a pilot conscious of and grateful for his perceived and actual status a status he does not hesitate to assert to his advantage But this tendency is sometimes exercised to excess It is as if he needs to feel the elevation of his status in order to bolster his own self image In short he is a bully This characteristic begins to dominate his thoughts and actions when events conspires to uestion his own competence his right to that nourishing statusLydecker is a member of Pfitz’s ground crew Suffice it to say that Lydecker is not at the intellectual end of the fighting machine Neither does he hail from privilege uite the contrary in fact Lydecker had he not joined the navy would probably have grown into a complete bum at best one step up from a down and out Even in the armed forces he can only aspire to the most menial of tasks but he is at least thorough and tries to keep his nose clean But for Lydecker events conspire to heap suspicion on his competence a suspicion constantly fuelled by a torrent of abuse and accusation that flows from Pfitz the pilot it remains his responsibility to servicePfitz likes his job That much is clear He takes a particular liking to napalm and delights at the idea of heaping tons of the stuff from his jet onto the population of rural Vietnam He takes involved interest in technical improvements to his preferred weapon improvements that ensure the fireball sticks firmly to anything it encounters thus guaranteeing that it will burn right through If he were closer to the action one feels that Pfitz would delight in the smell the mixture of burning organics saucing the suggestion of roast pork emanating from oxidised human flesh He takes that kind of pride in a job well done Lydecker is demoted effectively humiliated by the time he gets an opportunity for some shore leaveDuring his week in Saigon he remorselessly pursues two forms of recreation one out of a bottle the other between whatever sheets are on offer But there is one girl who is different staying remote from the business of others busying herself about her own affairs She is treated with apparently universal and complete contempt and she alone amongst the bar hangers on is never on the menu her meat not for sale Bullied himself in the workplace one might expect Lydecker to sympathise with her plight But he treats her with as much – if not – disdain than the rest and eventually it is out of spite than either sympathy or desire that he insists on a session with her forces himself on her merely to underline his right to assert assumed controlWhat Lydecker subseuently experiences with that girl changes his view of the world just a little but enough to influence events elsewhere his new found conscience constructing a plan he might employ back on board In a short story William Boyd illustrates class systems embedded in the USA’s professedly classless society He confronts the so called clinical nature of modern warfare by identifying the blunderbuss of terror that maims everything in its indiscriminating line of fire He characterises sadism vengeance conscience and retribution He draws sketches of exploitation both economic and social and illustrates how communities even whole societies can be seen as built on a crass and ruthless assertion of domination for domination’s sake And all of this happens in less than twenty five pages Other stories in the set are also of a very high standard To review them all would reproduce the book no less for they are succinct often 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