- File Size: 487 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375705112
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage International ed edition (January 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IK8Q1I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I also loved Hardly Ever, as a frustrated initiation to sex for a teenager. His initiation is purely superficial, unable that he is to go through it, in spite of a real possibility he goes to sleep on (he goes to sleep, with a girl, when that girl is ready for more), but it is always compensated verbally by some bragging about with his school pals.
Gifts is even stranger. The young student is unable to get through his initiation and has to satisfy himself with some gifts. Everyone of his conquests presents him with personal or confidential elements. His poverty, caused by some postal strike, makes this experience even funnier, funny-strange, because the poorer he gets, the more private gifts he receives.
Boyd is a strange writer about frustrated, and even twisted, initiation for teenagers. Fascinating how they can live on this frustration that becomes their everyday food, or even fodder, the brain being more or less negated.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
If heaven lies in the details, then William Boyd writes heavenly prose, most notably the title story, "On the Yankee Station." Not only does he capture much of the detail associated with life on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War but he also clearly understands what it meant to be a poor white man from Alabama at that time. "Empathy" is the word that springs to mind.
A truly memorable story. The other stories are not as good, but they are certainly worth reading.
I shall likely save the other stories for those periods when I am waiting for my wife to join me for dinner. I suspect they will not be absorbing enough to merit making her wait until I finish so I can easilky put the book down. The very least Mr. Boyd could have done was make it closer to real. It is a terrible dis-service to those that served on Yankee Station, from pilots to flight deck crews to the cooks that served 15,000 meals each and every day, and especially all those unsung 18-year olds on the flight deck that kept so many of my close friends alive during coutless day and night launches in terrible conditions surrounded by noise, heat, jet-blast, an eighty-foot drop to the perilous ocean going by at 30-knots and enough live ordnance to wipe out a small city (if the politicians would have ever allowed it).
Mr. Boyd needs to go back and watch the first five minutes of Top Gun to see and perhaps even to understand the ballet de' morte that is the launching and recovrering of combat aircraft on the flight deck of a 21st Century warship. Or perhaps the PBS series on USS Nimitz to see the danger, even in peacetime. The words: "for those in peril on the sea" come readily to mind.
Set on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War, it describes the antagonistic relationship between two crew members. Pfitz is a pilot, conscious of and grateful for his perceived and actual status, a status he does not hesitate to assert to his advantage. But this tendency is sometimes exercised to excess. It is as if he needs to feel the elevation of his status in order to bolster his own self image. In short, he is a bully. This characteristic begins to dominate his thoughts and actions when events conspires to question his own competence, his right to that nourishing status.
Lydecker is a member of Pfitz's ground crew. Suffice it to say that Lydecker is not at the intellectual end of the fighting machine. Neither does he hail from privilege. Quite the contrary, in fact. Lydecker, had he not joined the navy, would probably have grown into a complete bum, at best one step up from a down-and-out. Even in the armed forces he can only aspire to the most menial of tasks, but he is at least thorough and tries to keep his nose clean. But for Lydecker events conspire to heap suspicion on his competence, a suspicion constantly fuelled by a torrent of abuse and accusation that flows from Pfitz, the pilot it remains his responsibility to service.
Pfitz likes his job. That much is clear.Read more ›
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