On the Yankee Station

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Wiliam Boyd, winner of the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards, introduces unlikely heroes desperate to redeem their unsatisfying lives.

From California poolsides to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, here is a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their sole escape from life's inequities. 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 ...

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Overview

Wiliam Boyd, winner of the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards, introduces unlikely heroes desperate to redeem their unsatisfying lives.

From California poolsides to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, here is a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their sole escape from life's inequities. 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 American 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.

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"Mr. Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose."?Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705113
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/27/2001
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Next Boat from Douala 9
Not Yet, Jayette 18
Hardly Ever 26
The Care and Attention of Swimming Pools 51
Killing Lizards 63
Bizarre Situations 73
Gifts 84
On the Yankee Station 104
Histoire Vache 130
My Girl in Skintight Jeans 144
Extracts from the Journal of Flying Officer J 152
Bat-Girl! 163
Love Hurts 173
The Coup 185
Long Story Short 209
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