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Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Dyer
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Book Description

From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers.
 
As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes. So the adult Dyer jumped at the chance of a residency aboard an aircraft carrier. Another Great Day at Sea chronicles Dyer’s experiences on the USS George H.W. Bush as he navigates the routines and protocols of “carrier-world,” from the elaborate choreography of the flight deck through miles of walkways and hatches to kitchens serving meals for a crew of five thousand to the deafening complexity of catapult and arresting gear. Meeting the Captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable.
 
A lanky Englishman (could he really be both the tallest and the oldest person on the ship?) in a deeply American world, with its constant exhortations to improve, to do better, Dyer brilliantly records the daily life on board the ship, revealing it to be a prism for understanding a society where discipline and conformity, dedication and optimism, become forms of self-expression. In the process it becomes clear why Geoff Dyer has been widely praised as one of the most original—and funniest—voices in literature.
 
Another Great Day at Sea is the definitive work of an author whose books defy definition.




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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

An aircraft carrier has frequently been described as a floating city. That is certainly the impression given by this unique, interesting, and surprising account of Dyer’s stay on the carrier George H. W. Bush as it cruised around the eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf. But this is not an ordinary city. It is a city where an outsider immediately becomes aware that it is primed for high-tech warfare. As Dyer indicates, the officers, as expected, are highly trained; but even men who used to be referred to as swab jockeys are technologically proficient in specialized areas. Their onboard leisure activities are limited, which is understandable since 14-hour workdays are common. Most of the crew handle the pressures of constant drilling necessary to maintain military readiness, but Dyer notes some cases of burnout and attempted suicide. The physical environment of the ship ranges from claustrophobic mazes of narrow passages on the lower decks to the immense open surface of the flight deck. Fascinating. --Jay Freeman

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Publishers Weekly
“An often hilarious and aphoristic, short-chaptered account written by a British essayist who is fascinated by American culture….a highly entertaining read.”

Jason Diamond, Flavorwire
“When Geoff Dyer wants to write about something, he gets totally into it. Be it a Russian film or yoga, Dyer’s unique take on whatever situation he’s focused on always yields a great book. In this latest case, Dyer finds himself on an American supercarrier, and the results are nothing short of superb.”

Huffington Post

“When Dyer delves into a specific topic, he delves deeply, which is why we’re looking forward to his latest exploration: what life aboard an aircraft carrier is like. As always, he laces his observations with comedy and captivating storytelling.”

Billy Collins, author of Aimless Love
“Geoff Dyer has managed to do again what he does best: insert himself into an exotic and demanding environment (sometimes, his own flat, but here, the violent wonders of an aircraft carrier) and file a report that mixes empathetic appreciation with dips into brilliant comic deflation. Welcome aboard the edifying and sometimes hilarious ship Dyer.”

Annie Dillard, author of
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
“What could be better than weeks far away on the flat seas of the Arabian Gulf with Geoff Dyer? He is, if possible, even more witty and charming than usual. The carrier's hugeness, its crew's tireless cheer and openness, and the enormous mechanical and electrical forces at work everywhere fare wonderfully here with Dyer's unique combination of depth, irreverence and explosive humor.”

John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead
“I hope one day to meet the demented genius who decided to put Geoff Dyer aboard an American aircraft carrier. The result sounds in places as if Sterne en route to his sentimental journey had paused for a week's stint on HMS Victory. There's something like New Journalism happening but in the hands of a writer who'll suddenly flash out sentences such as, 'The sea was a prairie of glitter green.' In the end one is forced to call it "a Dyer book," which luckily for him and us is a high compliment.”

Steve Martin
“Dyer stows himself away on an American aircraft carrier, fortunately, with all his hilarious tics in place. A rare kind of non-fiction, with sentences that keep on giving long after your eye has sailed on.”

Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation
Another Great Day at Sea, Geoff Dyer's chronicle of his two weeks in residence aboard the USS George H. W. Bush, is a tale of routine, lyricism and terror, of long hours and hard work, and of camaraderie and conviction, which are a form of faith.  Original, humane, and very funny, Another Great Day is another great book by an incomparable writer.”

David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service
Another Great Day at Sea is what we’ve all come to expect from Geoff Dyer—another great book. I loved everything about it. It’s brilliantly observed, beautifully written, incisive, funny, and filled with stirring truths about life and the value of service.”

Sam Lipsyte, author of The Fun Parts: Stories
“A great day is any day you get to read Geoff Dyer, and this book is no exception. Witty, empathetic, and insatiably curious, Dyer is the perfect guide to the floating world of an American aircraft carrier. With Another Great Day at Sea he makes a perfect night landing on the ‘postage stamp,' with élan to spare.”

Tom Bissell, author of Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation
“I have read Geoff Dyer on World War I, jazz, photography, the Venice Biennale, and D. H. Lawrence, among many other subjects. It's as though his mind is slave to some unpredictable Internet browser inaccessible to the rest of us. His new book—an inimitably close study of life on an American aircraft carrier—is one of his best, funniest, and most humane yet. Geoff Dyer remains an unconventionally great writer—perhaps the most bafflingly great writer at work in the English language today.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 5510 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GVZMZTM
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rings true May 21, 2014
By Isaac
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a sailor currently deployed on the Bush, it's a novel and welcomed experience to get an outsider's view of what our life is like, so after being sent a New Yorker article written by Mr. Dyer that was essentially a summary of the book, I knew that I had to buy the book itself. Although I wasn't here for the deployment he is writing about, I still recognize a few of the names he mentions, and it's great to know that even if he wasn't impressed with the food or accommodations (and let's face it, our food can be pretty bad), we Avengers left an overall good impression on the author.
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73 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of an evening May 21, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This book is just about as terrible as it gets when it comes to first hand reporting from a war zone/ship at sea. I was deployed on the BUSH and I thought it would be interesting to read a book from an outsiders perspective about something I lived through and about people I know personally, boy was that a mistake. Overall this is a quick read (took me a little over 3 hours one evening) but all I really took away was:

1. Mr. Dyer is high maintenance!!! He was absolutely appalled at the ideal of sleeping in a room with someone else (seriously, you are crammed on a ship with 5,500 people, a two man stateroom is a luxury) let alone going to he head (bathroom) with someone else.
2. Mr. Dyer has no clue about the military (he actually thought the ship had a bar, places to play ping pong or Badminton). While this may seem trivial to me it shows how he really did not prepare at all for this assignment, basically all he cared about was getting a single man stateroom and I guess he would figure out everything else when he landed. If he actually cared to know what he was getting himself into a quick google or youtube search would have answered all his questions.
3. The food is terrible and apparently he complained enough to where he finally got to eat with the Captain and have the CO's chief make him some food.
4. Apparently he was quasi stalking a married enlisted mechanic, he mentions her numerous times in the book, the be honest its a little creepy to read and seems more like page filler (I hope to god she never reads this book)

Overall Mr. Dyer did nothing for this great ship or its crew by writing this book. From an insiders perspective (I actually helped host a few Distinguished Visitors (DV'S) during my tour) Mr.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Times of Geoff Dyer June 10, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is not really a book about life on the USS George H. W. Bush. It is about Geoff Dyer. In this book, he talks about himself and his life....a lot! If I was to glean anything about naval life on an aircraft carrier, it would not be from this book. Most of the book was spent complaining, about food, about not fitting in. about fighting to have his own private space, about noise, about not really understanding. Yes he said some nice things about a few folks on the ship but that is about it. If you are going to write about life on a ship, shut up about yourself and relate only about the people and the ship. Grade F Geoff, you failed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me! September 9, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This "twit" was given the PRIVILEGE of doing what 5000 of America's best do everyday and to hear him sniveling and whining about his accommodations and just about everything else, made me sick! Really!!! Who does this guy think he is?? If you are interested in this topic DON'T learn about it here. There are many other books that do a comprehensive and RESPECTFUL job of describing carrier life, but this BOOK certainly is not one of them. I was embarrassed by this guy's writing and I think he owes the members of the GW Bush a heartfelt apology! DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Worst Book I Have Read in Some Time July 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is the worst book I have read in a long time. It was written by a man whom I had thought to be a rather distinguished English author , one who sports several literary awards . However when he was given a two week stay as writer-in-residence on the USS George H. W. Bush - CVN 77 - he flunked out and blew it completely; and this book is the regrettable result.

There was plenty to write about. It is our newest super carrier, only seven years old, 100,000 tons, speed 30 kts, flight deck over 1,000 feet, carries 90 planes and helicopters and a ships crew of 3,000 with an additional 2,500 in the air group of pilots, mechanics and plane minders . The ship is on station in the Arabian Gulf as part of our strike force there.

However, rather than telling us about the things we really would like to read, things about the striking force of the air wing, where it exercises its influence (and planes are in the air constantly - where are they going and what do they do ?), the bridge, the navigation, about the types of airplanes, about the nuclear reactors (non-technical, non restricted information etc.) he spends a lot of time complaining. - about the constant action, constant disturbance (it goes on all night every night - and you can’t sleep soundly like you do in London!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really an accurate assessment of what life is like at sea on a...
Not really an accurate assessment of what life is like at sea on a warship. It is, however, probably accurate from the perspective of a very persnickety journalist who made the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Daniel Straub
1.0 out of 5 stars Ddisappointing
Not at all what I expected.writer little full of himself. Wanted room to himself, did not like the food. Sorry would not recommend , if looking for story of carrier life
Published 28 days ago by Luis P. Garza
1.0 out of 5 stars For shame!
Yes, I hated this book and its not often that I actually hate a book. Its not the author's attitude towards things military and fundamentalist that bother me but rather his snarky... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce E Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Nice story, even if the writer comes off as a bit of an a$$. Good description of life on a carrier.
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not a Boat.
Only criticism is the author calls the aircraft carrier a "boat." An aircraft carrier is a ship. The little craft that are used for liberty calls when anchored out are boats.
Published 1 month ago by Richard F. Hamilton
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a terrible reading, with no modification of rhythm in the ...
This is about the AUDIO BOOK! It's a terrible reading, with no modification of rhythm in the sentences, no gaps between paragraphs or sections. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lixy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by AJ Falski
5.0 out of 5 stars Since I recently toured a decommissioned aircraft carrier, this ...
Since I recently toured a decommissioned aircraft carrier, this account of such a ship filled in all the living blanks.
Published 2 months ago by cooking
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!
WOW !!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Betty D. Glenn
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible and a waste of money
Don't by this, it was terrible and a waste of money unless you want to hear the author go on and on and on about himself - outside a handful of mildly interesting sections, there... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Skip Franklin
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Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the US and UK. He lives in London. For more information visit Geoff Dyer's official website: www.geoffdyer.com

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