Stars and Bars: A Novel

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Sharply observed and brilliantly plotted, Stars and Bars is an uproarious portrait of culture clash deep in the heart of the American South, by one of contemporary literature?s most imaginative novelists.

A recent transfer to Manhattan has inspired art assessor Henderson Dores to shed his British reserve and aspire to the impulsive and breezy nature of Americans. But when Loomis Gage, an eccentric millionaire, invites him to appraise his small collection of Impressionist ...

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Overview

Sharply observed and brilliantly plotted, Stars and Bars is an uproarious portrait of culture clash deep in the heart of the American South, by one of contemporary literature’s most imaginative novelists.

A recent transfer to Manhattan has inspired art assessor Henderson Dores to shed his British reserve and aspire to the impulsive and breezy nature of Americans. But when Loomis Gage, an eccentric millionaire, invites him to appraise his small collection of Impressionist paintings, Dores's plans quite literally go south. Stranded at a remote mansion in the Georgia countryside, Dores is received by the bizarre Gage family with Anglophobic slurs, nausea-inducing food, ludicrous death threats, and a menacing face off with competing art dealers. By the time he manages to sneak back to New York City–sporting only a cardboard box–Henderson Dores realizes he is fast on the way to becoming a naturalized citizen.

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“William Boyd has written a perfect book. He is funnier than Evelyn Waugh.”–Los Angeles Times

“Stands in the great tradition of the English comic novel.”–The Boston Globe

“There’s hardly a writer around whose work offers more pleasure and satisfaction.”–The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705014
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,412,699
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.71 (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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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Wodehouse Meets the Deep South

    If you like P.G. Wodehouse and the absurd, you'll love Boyd's "Stars and Bars."

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