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The Blue Afternoon Paperback – January 14, 1997
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Like his other books, 'The Blue Afternoon' isn't an entirely believable read. But it is such a pleasurable story that one wishes it was all fact, not fiction. My only complaint with it is the ending. Some open-ended matters concerning subplots are not closed. The author has seemingly done this purposely to tease the reader. I wasn't teased, just annoyed. However this doesn't tarnish the overall pleasure of reading 'The Blue Afternoon'.
Bottom line: a rich, charming fable. Why it hasn't been made into a film is anyone's guess. Recommended to all.
Largely a tale of passionate but thwarted love, the storyline is intelligent and credible despite the exotic settings and extreme ambitions and actions of its characters. As always with Boyd's books, you find yourself saying, "man, how did he come up with this stuff?" He is truly a fine writer with outsized imagination and creativity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boyd is a fabulous story teller and The Blue Afternoon is simply a splendid read. The protagonist, Dr. Read morePublished 10 days ago by GDV
It is not among Boyd's best books. It is a bit on the slow side, meandering and providing perhaps too much description.Published 15 months ago by Gopago
Interesting story but it didn't quite come together. The characters needed to be better developed, the plot depends too much on accidental meetings. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Waltraud Wieland
this book starts off as the story of a young woman in crisis, but the story is really about her father and his deeds and mis-deeds in the Philippines. Read morePublished 22 months ago by diane reeve
I have read two previous books by Boyd; Good Man in Africa and Any Human Heart. A wonderful writer who has enormous ability, SO...... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Annie
Five stars---Boyd proves himself again as the master of the historical novel. I'll happily read anything he writes. Great author.Published on March 4, 2014 by Anne Tudor
Not my favourite William Boyd yarn but fascinating all the same. The protagonist is someone who gets roped into things, loses his head over a woman, makes silly plans. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by J Flood-Hunt