Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush


By (author) Geoff Dyer

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 213mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0307911586
  • ISBN 13: 9780307911582
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 8 PAGES OF COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 60,382

Product description

From a writer "whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era" (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers. 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 five thousand 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 books defy definition.

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Author information

GEOFF DYER's books include "But Beautiful" (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award); "The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment" (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for writing on photography); "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; "and "Zona." His many awards include the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and, most recently, a National Book Critics Circle Award for the essay collection "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition." He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California.

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"Dyer stows himself away on an American aircraft carrier, fortunately, with all his hilarious tics in place. A rare kind of non-fiction, with sentences that keep on giving long after your eye has sailed on." --Steve Martin "A great day is any day you get to read Geoff Dyer, and this book is no exception. Witty, empathetic, and insatiably curious, Dyer is the perfect guide to the floating world of an American aircraft carrier. With "Another Great Day at Sea "he makes a perfect night landing on the 'postage stamp, with elan to spare.'" --Sam Lipsyte, author of "The Fun Parts: Stories " "I have read Geoff Dyer on World War I, jazz, photography, the Venice Biennale, and D. H. Lawrence, among many other subjects. It's as though his mind is slave to some unpredictable Internet browser inaccessible to the rest of us. His new book--an inimitably close study of life on an American aircraft carrier--is one of his best, funniest, and most humane yet. Geoff Dyer remains an unconventionally great writer--perhaps the most bafflingly great writer at work in the English language today." --Tom Bissell, author of "Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation" "Geoff Dyer has managed to do again what he does best: insert himself into an exotic and demanding environment (sometimes, his own flat, but here, the violent wonders of an aircraft carrier) and file a report that mixes empathetic appreciation with dips into brilliant comic deflation. Welcome aboard the edifying and sometimes hilarious ship Dyer." --Billy Collins, author of "Aimless Love " ""Another Great Day at Sea" is what we've all come to expect from Geoff Dyer--another great book. I loved everything about it. It's brilliantly observed, beautifully written, incisive, funny, and filled with stirring truths about life and the value of service." --David Finkel, author of "Thank You for Your Service" "A great day is any day you get to read Geoff Dyer, and this book is no exception. Witty, empathe