On the Yankee Station

On the Yankee Station

by William Boyd

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On the Yankee Station by William Boyd

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688031114
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/1984
Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
Pages: 216

About 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.

Table of Contents

Next Boat from Douala9
Not Yet, Jayette18
Hardly Ever26
The Care and Attention of Swimming Pools51
Killing Lizards63
Bizarre Situations73
Gifts84
On the Yankee Station104
Histoire Vache130
My Girl in Skintight Jeans144
Extracts from the Journal of Flying Officer J152
Bat-Girl!163
Love Hurts173
The Coup185
Long Story Short209

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