From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new audiobook that confirms his power to astound listeners.
As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes. So the adult Dyer jumped at the chance of a residency aboard an aircraft carrier. Another Great Day at Sea chronicles Dyer’s experiences on the USS George H.W. Bush as he navigates the routines and protocols of “carrier-world,” from the elaborate choreography of the flight deck through miles of walkways and hatches to kitchens serving meals for a crew of 5,000 to the deafening complexity of catapult and arresting gear. Meeting the Captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable.
A lanky Englishman (could he really be both the tallest and the oldest person on the ship?) in a deeply American world, with its constant exhortations to improve, to do better, Dyer brilliantly records the daily life on board the ship, revealing it to be a prism for understanding a society where discipline and conformity, dedication and optimism, become forms of self-expression. In the process it becomes clear why Geoff Dyer has been widely praised as one of the most original - and funniest - voices in literature.
Another Great Day at Sea is the definitive work of an author whose works defy definition.
©2014 Geoff Dyer (P)2014 Random House Audio
I hold the militay in very high regard. The job they do and the conditions they face are tremendous. Mr. Dyer does a poor job of emphasizing this and a better job of making the story about him, and his own views. His homophile remarks along with his complete disdain for anyone who is not an atheist are very off putting. I istened to the whole thing, but in truth, it seemed like a waste of time.
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