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Posted September 3, 2003
this book is awful
I was introduced to Boyd by 'A Good Man in Africa' which is terrific because the humor is understated and subtle. Reminded me greatly of Evelyn Waugh in general and his 'Scoop' in particular. I laughed out loud many times while reading it and this has not happened since reading 'The Sot-Weed Factor' about 100 years ago. 'Stars and Bars' was one of two other Boyd titles at the local book store. It, along with his other novels, was written after 'Man in Africa' but you'd never know it. All of the characters are very extreme and all of their actions and statements are very predictable. Therefore, nothing here is very funny. Boyd's editor should have told him to put this back in cold storage for the sake of his then-growing reputation. Next for me is 'Armadillo,' the other title that was available. In conclusion, try '...Man in Africa.' Avoid 'Stars and Bars' at all costs.
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Posted December 7, 2012