The Blue Afternoon: William Boyd

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He finds himself working in one of the badly equipped, and shockingly unhygienic hospitals, with doctors who have no idea or interest in the modern hygiene and surgery practices that Salvadore has brought back from Scotland. Because I like William Boyd's novels so much, I chose this book without bothering to read the blurb as to what it was about. I don't disagree with that, but nevertheless doubt the likelihood of them resorting to bottles of blood to fake miscarriage and ice-chests for lowering the temperature of bodies to fake subsequent death (John pointed out that Carriscant wasn't even sure he would be able to revive Delphine! It was then later re-issued by Warners/Rhino Records UK in 2011 as part of the Original Album Series box set, [4] with Buckley's four LPs released on Elektra Records, and again in 2017 by Rhino as part of the collection Tim Buckley - The Complete Album Collection, featuring his first 7 albums plus a re-release of Works in Progress. By rejecting non-essential cookies, Reddit may still use certain cookies to ensure the proper functionality of our platform.

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Opening in the Los Angeles of the 1930s, talented young architect Kay Fischer is getting over a broken marriage and a broken business partnership. Kay has indeed been brought up by a stepfather, Rudolph Fischer, the second husband of her mother Annaliese, but her biological father was an Englishman, missionary Hugh Paget, who died in a fire in New Guinea when she was a baby. Boyd's new novel should carry a label advising readers that an intriguing narrative is initially obscured beneath a plot device that almost ruins the whole thing: in 1936, Los Angeles architect Kay Fisher is approached by elderly Salvadore Carriscant, who tells her he's her father and whisks her off on an improbable journey to Lisbon. Boyd, the author of A Good Man in Africa and Brazzaville Beach, here gives us something entirely new, part suspense, part romance, all grand storytelling. Panteleon understands the situation and lends the couple his ‘nipa’ barn in the afternoons for their assignments.

It is Tim Buckley's first self-produced record and his debut for Herb Cohen and Frank Zappa's label Straight Records. Other reviewers have critised the ease with which Kay Fischer agrees to travel from the USA to manila with Salvador, and fund the trip, in pursuit of his claim to be her father.

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He also provides genuinely interesting background detail about medical practice during the days when aseptic surgery was still considered quackery, and about the pioneering years of aeronautics. A murder spree that threatens to entrap Salvatore(who's just a BIT loony himself), lots of Manila and Philippine geography and atmosphere nicely described. I can't see how the author, based on what I've read so far, can be considered any big deal, literature-wise.Despite that unconvincing framing section, a fascinating love story-cum-murder mystery occupies the heart of the narrative, which flashes back to 1902 Manila. The machines launches itself into the air and flies over the mark and much higher than they expected before finally crashing by the San Roque creek – Salvador is severely winded and Pantaleon dead. The Philippine–American War continued through 1903 at the cost of many lives both in Manila and elsewhere in the Islands. I realise my views don't mirror the majority of reviewers and I'm sorry if I've offended any Boyd fans.

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