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    Geoff Dyer(Author) Chris Steele-Perkins(Photographer)

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In November 2011, Geoff Dyer fulfilled a childhood dream of spending time on an aircraft carrier. Dyer's stay on the USS George Bush, on active service in the Arabian Gulf, proved even more intense, memorable, and frequently hilarious, than he could ever have hoped.

In Dyer's hands, the warship becomes a microcosm for a stocktaking of modern Western life: religion, drugs, chauvinism, farting, gyms, steaks, prayer, parental death, relationships and how to have a beach party with 5000 people on a giant floating hunk of steel. Piercingly perceptive and gloriously funny, this is a unique book about work, war and entering other worlds.

"Reading Dyer is akin to the sudden elation and optimism you feel when you make a new friend, someone as silly as you but cleverer too, in whose company you know you will travel through life more vagrantly, intensely, joyfully" (Daily Telegraph)"Stuffed with wonderful anecdotes" (Independent)"One advantage of Dyer's attention to the minutiae of this strange world is the continual surprise of his descriptive powers; he approaches on-board rituals with an art critic's eye that sometimes renders Steele-Perkins's powerfully constructed photographs redundant" (Observer)"A hilarious account of life on board an aircraft carrier is filled with delights...If this is the new reality, I hunger for more" (Telegraph)"Quite possibly the best living writer in Britain" (Daily Telegraph)"I hope one day to meet the demented genius who decided to put Geoff Dyer aboard an American aircraft carrier. The result sounds in places as if Sterne en route to his sentimental journey had paused for a week's stint on HMS Victory . . . In the end one is forced to call it "a Dyer book," which luckily for him and us is a high compliment" (John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of PULPHEAD)"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 élan to spare"" (Sam Lipsyte)"Another Great Day at Sea, Geoff Dyer's chronicle of his two weeks in residence aboard the USS George H. W. Bush, is a tale of routine, lyricism and terror, of long hours and hard work, and of camaraderie and conviction, which are a form of faith. Original, humane, and very funny, Another Great Day is another great book by an incomparable writer" (Brenda Wineapple)"Dyer stows himselfaway 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)"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)"There is no contemporary writer I admire more than Dyer, and in no book of his does he addresshis animating idea - The Only Way Not to Waste Time Is to Waste It - more overtly, urgently, emphatically and eloquently" (David Shields, author of REALITY HUNGER)"One of my favourite of all contemporary writers" (Alain de Botton)"I have read Geoff Dyer on World War I, jazz, photography, the Bienalle, 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)

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  • By PeterS on 15 April 2017

    An interesting picture of life on a carrier and I wasn't too irritated with Dyer's 'flaneur' personality.

  • By Dangerfield on 5 June 2014

    This is a book about people; people in a large but confined space. For those who have visited Americans in their home country, it will come as no surprise as to how friendly and welcoming they are. Their friendliness and high hospitality to Geoff Dyer shine through the book.How accurate it is as to life and work aboard a US carrier I cannot say but minor errors on more general topics, such as calling the Mohne dam the Mona dam, leave me wondering.What I found missing was any question as to the purpose of this massive machine of war. Overall, it reads extremely easily, but then it is a light-weight subject: a closed community of friendly people.Finally, one other caveat. There are lots of us captioned photographs. I would really have liked to have known what they of; only rarely was that obvious.

  • By Purple Ink on 29 May 2014

    Geoff Dyer is one of the greatest of contemporary writers and this is perhaps his best book. It takes us on a tour of the USS George Bush, the world's largest aircraft carrier and a concentration of the American sense of duty, militarism, evangelical christianity and bad food - all things to which Dyer is opposed. But Dyer falls in love with the ship and its crew and comments on it in a way which is consistently wry, complex, funny and deep. You don't have to be interested in the navy to love this book, all you need is to like intelligence and great writing. The ebook is modestly priced for a reason - it doesn't have the full set of pictures which makes this book absolutely sublime. So it's worth shelling out for the full sum, which is a little too high nevertheless...

  • By Mr A. Noknee-Mouse on 7 May 2016

    I don't normally write book reviews as when you like something or not isn't related to any guidelines beyond spelling, punctuation and grammar. I also try not to write negative reviews unless deserved (in my view). So here goes, In my view this is not a good read, it is not funny, the book is short and expensive to purchase at the original price. In summary I would say that this is a literary "selfie", with the author placing himself and his preferences/likes/dislikes/phobias in full screen and behind his personal self portrait there is a little bit of aircraft carrier in middle distance trying to get a look in. I learnt something about life on a US Carrier, but unfortunately I learnt far too much about the author. He comes over as grasping ("I must get my own cabin and stuff everyone else"), seedy/creepy sexist, midlife crisis ("the young girl with the luminous eyes keeps looking at me") and carrying alcoholic tendencies. Most importantly he is very tall, and was educated at Oxford ("Oxford, did I tell you he was educated at Oxford"?). He comes over as a caricature journalist, irrespective of whatever awards he has won he is not a great writer. It would have been great to have an objective review of the ship and crew and not spend so much time pontificating, and self seeking. A person to avoid, both literarily and personally in my view.

  • By Michael, Hampshire, UK on 28 July 2014

    By reading this book I learnt a lot about what it is like to live on board a US aircraft carrier, and also about what it is like on board Geoff Dyer...or at least the version of Geoff Dyer he presents through these pages. In places it is very funny because Dyer is frank about the less admirable personal preoccupations and desires that many of would also admit to, if forced.I would add that your local library may have this book, so try there first. The pictures in the book are very good so the printed copy is preferable to the e-reader version.The most enjoyable and illuminating book I have read since 1922 Constellation of Genius, last summer.Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz

  • By Passat on 9 June 2014

    This is an interesting insight into the psyche of the American military mind. It's the American psyche as seen through the perceptive eyes of a notable and internationally acclaimed writer who has exceptional literary skills and a wonderful grasp of the English language in a contemporary context.Coverage includes public health administration, substance abuse, law enforcement, sexual equality, gay rights, personal ambition (in a very American context), religion (there's a great chapter about a gospel service that is so southern black America - the author was almost seduced by it)!), differences between American and British-English social attitudes (damning about the English class distinctions and divisions, particularly in the RN, where it is worse by persisting so un-necessarily in the twenty-first century!), American life and attitudes (including dialogue, accents and language), and the American work ethic, amongst numerous other topics, all intertwined with relevant references to literature and films, etc.There's at least one section that brought a lump to my throat, and as for the succinct comparison between Bush snr and Bush jnr, it's brilliant!Another good aspect about this book is that the author maintains his impartiality and objectivity (and a great sense of humour - irony at its best), which together suggests or leads the reader to believe that in the USN at least, social equality is highly developed albeit within the constraints of a military organisation (i.e. an American nuclear powered aircraft carrier with over 5,000 people on board. In other words, small town America without the bigotry or insular narrow-mindedness). Comparisons in social hierarchy between the USN and the RN are fascinating - which is why I could never have joined the British military - and the RN in particular. But if I had been born in the USA... It would seem that in the USN you respect the individual first and what he or she can do (the track record of their skills and abilities), rather than the way it is in the RN, where you respect rank first, even if the holder is an idiot (as I've experienced when working as a civilian alongside the RN).Whilst Dyer would not have been allowed in the engine or reactor spaces, it's a surprise that he never interviewed any crew members from the marine engineering department. Furthmore, given that the ship he was on was an aircraft carrier, there are only two real mentions of aircrew; one an inconclusive interview with a female F-18 pilot and the other a superficial reference to the aircrew of one of the SAR helicopters. Whilst these are major omissions, they do not detract from the book (indeed their omission may be because of a lack of space).One important point, the subject and topics covered are not expected to be read as definitive or authoritative accounts. Nor are they claimed to be conclusive or comprehensive, but are based entirely on the author's observations, perceptions (rightly or wrongly) and interpretations. It's important to understand the context and concept of what this book is about and the series that will follow it (this is number one).The book is illustrated with a number of photographs by award winning photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, who accompanied the author during his two weeks on board.


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