On the Yankee station.

by Boyd, William,
Edition statement:Expanded ed. Published by : Penguin, Physical details: 225 p. ; 18 cm. ISBN:0140093478 (pbk) :. Year: 1988
Item type Current location Call number Copy number Status Date due
Books Books British Council Library
F/BOY (Browse shelf) 1 Available

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Adolescent sex in a Scottish boys' public school ...Oddballs on the seedy side of America ...Murder in a quiet Devon cottage ...Comical, ironical or lacerating, this book features stories, which include two early adventures from the career of Morgan Leafy, glorious anti-hero of William Boyd's prize-winning novel A Good Man in Africa.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Next Boat from Douala (p. 9)
  • Not Yet, Jayette (p. 18)
  • Hardly Ever (p. 26)
  • The Care and Attention of Swimming Pools (p. 51)
  • Killing Lizards (p. 63)
  • Bizarre Situations (p. 73)
  • Gifts (p. 84)
  • On the Yankee Station (p. 104)
  • Histoire Vache (p. 130)
  • My Girl in Skintight Jeans (p. 144)
  • Extracts from the Journal of Flying Officer J (p. 152)
  • Bat-Girl! (p. 163)
  • Love Hurts (p. 173)
  • The Coup (p. 185)
  • Long Story Short (p. 209)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Kirkus Book Review

Boyd, the British author of a fine comic novel (A Good Man in Africa) and a fair irony-of-war novel (An Ice-Cream War), is still--on the evidence of this ragged debut collection--a novice short-story writer. Of the 15 pieces here the two most effective are episodes involving the seedy diplomat-hero of A Good Man in Africa, Morgan Leafy: in ""Next Boat from Douala,"" the often-amoral Morgan shows a streak of decency, passing up a lustful one-night stand for medical (V.D.) reasons; in ""The Coup,"" sudden political changes throw Morgan into a strange affair--but then rescue him when his new bedmate becomes a clinging vine. And ""Hardly Ever,"" about prep-school boys and sex, is also engaging in an unpretentious, amused vein. Elsewhere, however, Boyd offers obvious psychological vignettes, strained themes-with-variations, sticky sentimentality, and dollops of artsiness. ""The Care and Attention of Swimming Pools"" is an arch Raymond Carver imitation. ""Killing Lizards"" is a painfully spelled-out Oedipal anecdote. There are thumbnail sketches of abnormal psychology, a predictable mini-mystery, earnest coming-of-age tales, an unfortunate venture into metafiction à la Gordon Lish--plus the lumbering title story, about the mutual-hate relationship between a US lieutenant in Vietnam and a member of his ground crew. Boyd does reaffirm some of his technical gifts: he writes better American dialogue than most Britishers; the narration is often lean and sharp. But, except for those agreeable out-takes from A Good Man in Africa, the stories here seem workmanlike at best, highly derivative, and lacking in distinctive shape or tone. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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