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The Blue Afternoon | [William Boyd]

The Blue Afternoon

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

©1993 William Boyd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • mike
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    9/24/11
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    "The Blue Afternoon"

    Another cracking good story from William Boyd. Each book has a different and novel theme; where does he keep getting these tales from? One thing they have in common is that the reader is quickly captivated. Lorelei King narrates this book very well and the listener is easily involved.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    Kent, United Kingdom
    5/25/14
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    "A strange and complex story"

    The story starts with Kay, a talented young architect living in Los Angeles in the 1930's. She has been cheated by her ex partner and maintains a complicated relationship with her ex husband. She is sharp and feisty and if this was a film, reminded me of the sort of woman who would have been played by Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis. She meets a stranger claiming to be her father and against her better judgement embarks on an adventure with him to investigate the mysteries of his past. From then on the story turns into the tale of Salvador Carriscant, a surgeon living in Manila in the early part of the 20th century. At this point Kay turns into the narrator of the story which is a bit of a loss because we lose sight of her fascinating character. Salvador's story however does make up for this. Life in an exotic colonial community is vividly portrayed and there are fascinating sub plots about rival surgeons, murder and experiments in flight. This tale doesn't provide easy or obvious answers. Instead you are left with a strong sense of what is really important in life and the enduring quality of love.

    I do hope this title appears again in the Audible catalogue as I personally found it a very rewarding experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    6/26/12
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    "Epic, intriguing and engrossing story"

    I've read/listened to several of the author's books and am impressed by the divergent range of subjects he uses as props for his novels. Blue Afternoon takes the listener across time from the beginning of the 20th century to the rise of the Nazis in 1936 and across continents from the West Coast of the USA, brief excursions to Scotland, before a long section in the Philippines and finally ending in Portugal. At first I thought it was going to be just of story of a father's quest to reunite with his daughter, but, instead the book takes off as a complex combination of murders, detective work, medical heroics and romance. The characters are well drawn and easily identifiable, and the story flows naturally so well-suited to be an audio book.
    All narrated with skill by one of the best in the business, Lorelei King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thea Couldwell
    8/10/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Blue Afternoon again? Why?

    Absolutely loved this. Loelei King is a brilliant reader, even getting the male voices convincing, and William Boyd a great author so a very good combination.


    What other book might you compare The Blue Afternoon to, and why?

    Armadillo in the same category and brilliantly read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened to it on holiday in Lisbon where the book is partially set.Characters walked up the street I was in at one point.


    Any additional comments?

    Is Ordinary Thunderstorms available on audio yet? That is a great book and although I have read it I would like to listen to the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. E. Huxford
    berkshire
    3/25/14
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    Story
    "marvellous tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    another wonderful tale


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Lorelei King is the best narrator imaginable for any American book. She reads slowly and with great care, never a slip. Beautiful reading of different voices too. 100%


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh yes,


    Any additional comments?

    Like all William Boyd's books this is marvellous. Always a different type of story set in different places and times, always a really good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Malvik
    london, uk
    8/5/13
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    "confusing story"
    Would you listen to The Blue Afternoon again? Why?

    I might, if I run out of other books, in an attempt to make sense of it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't get parts of the story. I always felt that I was on the brink of getting it, but parts of it didn't make sense to me. I had the feeling that threads were started at the beginning that were never fully wrapped up, new threads were introduced I didn't understand where came from and I never really got the connection between them.
    The book contained some great stories, I just think they could maybe have been better stories if told separately?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Pego, Spain
    4/8/13
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    "very enjoyable"

    This story was not what I was expecting. It is a story of loss and love, excitement and tragedy.

    This story follows the "lost" daughter and her enterprising father as they travel, both literally to the Philippines, and in their minds, through his past on a search for the truth. The truth when it finally emerges is both troubling, heart-wrenching and yet somehow joyful. Both the main characters veer between reluctance to follow the long-ago events but have an eagerness to understand exactly what has led them down this road. Very well written and great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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