William Boyd

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book | 4 | 2004
UK & Comm → Penguin
US → Knopf

This is William Boyd's third volume of short stories following his acclaimed collections On the Yankee Station (1981) and The Destiny of Nathalie X (1995). Described as "the finest storyteller of his generation", Boyd shows his mastery of the form as these stories range widely through time and space.

In a brilliant array of styles and narratives we move from 1930s Germany to Los Angeles in the Second World War, from contemporary Oxford to 19th century Russia. Whether in London or Amsterdam. Eastbourne or a Normandy village these stories explore and expose the fraught, funny, absurd, poignant and lovelorn lives of their many and varied characters


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Editions Du Seuil
Editora Rocco

the stories collected here are perfect. They would seem a little too perfect if they weren't also suffused with an understanding of love, desire and emotional incompetence. M John Harrison
The Guardian
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Boyd’s remarkable, and almost wholly consistent, gift is to convince us of the roundness, the existence of his characters from the very first sentence Erica Wagner
The Times
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each of these stories is polished, perfectly observed but suffused with a sophisticated and unusual ambience. Toby Clements
The Telegraph
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a must-read book... an impressively sophisticated offering from a writer whose charms never wane. David Robson
The Telegraph
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