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by William Boyd

eBook Stars and Bars download ISBN: 014008889X
Author: William Boyd
Publisher: Penguin Books; Pub in Penguin Bks 1986 edition (July 1, 1986)
Language: English
Pages: 334
ePub: 1168 kb
Fb2: 1557 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary

Author: William Boyd.

Author: William Boyd. PART ONE. Twenty-four hours in New York.

Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, In. New York. Originally published in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton, London, in 1984, and subsequently in the United States by William Morrow and Company, In. New York in 1985. Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage International.

I love the books of William Boyd. His Ice Cream War, set in the little known African theater of World War One, is among the finest of the war/imperial novels, right up there with anything by JG Farrell. A Good Man in Africa is right up there with Graham Greene's great ones. Armadillo is a well constructed examination of identity and the idea of Englishness.

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the author of fifteen highly acclaimed, bestselling novels and five collections of stories.

The story of a rootless English art expert, Henderson Dores, who has secured employment in the USA to aid his efforts to rekindle his relationship with. William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is married and divides his time between London and south-west France.

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William Boyd (author). His 1991 debut A Good Man in Africa immediately bagged the Whitbread First Novel Award, a win that has heralded contemporary classics such as the Costa-winning Restless and the literary tour de force that is Any Human Heart. Visit the William Boyd author page Added to basket. 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.

Boyd's humour, timed to a tee, always raps out the truth' Mail on Sunday. Boyd does not pass up a single comic turn' Sunday Telegraph. Splittlingly shrewd and engaging' Guardian. The wry laughter never stops. the shrewdest pages yet from a master of witty manipulation' Observer.

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.
Comments: (7)
I discovered William Boyd quite a few years ago and was very impressed with the two novels I read. Then he fell off my radar screen. Recently, I've begun reading more of his novels and I have yet to be disappointed. In Stars and Bars, Henderson Dores is unhappy with his life and after a brief self-analysis, decides all his problems are the result of his English tendency to "shyness", an extreme timidity in asserting himself. He admires Americans as the consummate models of confidence and self-assertion. He takes a job in New York with a private art dealer and attempts a reconciliation with his American ex-wife while simultaneously beginning an affair with another American woman. He is sent to a rural area of Georgia to acquire some valuable paintings and finds himself in a series of disastrous but humorous events which spiral out of his control. I was reminded of Bellow's Henderson the Rain King, where bizarre circumstances seem to bring out the man's every weakness. If you like British black humor, you'll enjoy this.
Even though I liked his "Any Human Heart" better, but this book is so funny, it's absolutely worth reading.
I must say, though, in today's hypersensitive atmosphere, William Boyd's stereotypical characters in "Stars and Bars" can send some sensitive readers into a "politically correct" induced meltdown. Other than that it's a good book.
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He spun a good tale until the end, but there was no end. The story just stopped.
Very frustrating.
Boyd’s weakest novel. It felt as if he were trying out a new gig, way waaay off Broadway, and sticking it up the Amurricans while he was at it. Some people would love that, I suppose.
Pure William Boyd! The main character takes you back to "A good man in Africa"! Totally enjoyable. Excellent week end reading!
Quirky Brits, living abroad in a bygone time. Life as lived and almost antiheroes. You both chuckle and go "oh gawd."
Well written and entertaining. Boyd is able to get characters into trouble, then redeem them all in a few sentences or paragraphs.
Great book. William Boyd is a phenomenal writer. Masters many genres.
This one is particularly well written. Am in the process of reading all his work.