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The unlikely heroes of these fifteen beguiling stories resort to desperate, often damaging, measures to redeem their unsatisfying lives. In the title story, an arrogant and sadistic American pilot stationed in Vietnam underestimates the power of revenge when he relentlessly persecutes one of his maintenance crew. In "Hardly Ever," a Scottish boy impresses his schoolmates by recounting with prurient elaboration his chaste and awkward courtship of a local girl. An epileptic recently recovered from brain surgery ...
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Overview

The unlikely heroes of these fifteen beguiling stories resort to desperate, often damaging, measures to redeem their unsatisfying lives. In the title story, an arrogant and sadistic American pilot stationed in Vietnam underestimates the power of revenge when he relentlessly persecutes one of his maintenance crew. In "Hardly Ever," a Scottish boy impresses his schoolmates by recounting with prurient elaboration his chaste and awkward courtship of a local girl. An epileptic recently recovered from brain surgery tries to solve the murder of his best friend's wife in "Bizarre Situations," but never suspects that he might seem the most likely culprit. Stranded in an African hotel during a coup, an oafish Englishman captivates a young stewardess with stories of an enchanted life completely at odds with his sordid existence in "The Coup." From the pool-sides of the American West to the battlegrounds of Vietnam, we are shown a world populated by weary souls who turn to fantasy as their sole escape from life's inequities.

Expertly crafted and endowed with mordant humor and rare compassion, William Boyd's first collection of stories reminds 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: 9780140060874
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/1985
  • Series: Fiction Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (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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