The Blue Afternoon

The Blue Afternoon

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
In war-torn 1902 Manila, a brilliant young surgeon stands alone against corruption until a grand passion leads him into a sinister world of danger and intrigue, in a story told in flashbacks

Blackwell North Amer
The author of A Good Man in Africa and Brazzaville Beach now gives us his most ambitious and seductive novel to date - part suspense, part romance, all grand storytelling.
It is told in flashback. It opens in Hollywood of the 1930's, where the narrator - a young woman, an architect - is approached by an elderly man who claims to be her father. He persuades her to accompany him to Lisbon in search of the woman who was the great lost love of his life. And on the journey he tells the story of what happened to him decades before when he was a surgeon in war-torn Manila.
It is a story of intrigue played out against the exotic, violent background of the Philippines in 1902; a story of medicine; of the murder of American soldiers; of the magical creation of a flying machine. It is the story of a sinister web of conspiracy spun by the old guard at Manila's great hospital as the young surgeon stands alone against intransigence and corruption. And at the heart of the book, marvelously told: the grand passion that draws him into an unknown world of infinite danger.

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In war-torn 1902 Manila, a brilliant young surgeon stands alone against corruption until a grand passion leads him into a sinister world of danger and intrigue, in a story told in flashbacks. By the author of An Ice-Cream War. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679432951
0679432957
Characteristics: p ; cm

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Apr 19, 2014

I don't know what one can mean by "best novelists", but I have never been disappointed in Boyd. His books are always worth reading and have both excellent style and plotting. Sometimes the "best novelists' are a slog (like opera singers singing country and western if you know what I mean). I find the above comment a little condescending.

bytttt Jun 01, 2012

Boyd is one of my favorite writers. This is not among his very best novels but well worth reading and savoring. Happily, I just discovered it recently. (June, 2012)

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