Monday, 21 May 2018

Another Great Day at Sea Geoff Dyer

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. BushAnother Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush by Geoff Dyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘It’s striking,’ says Dyer, ‘how many of the world’s little problems - and many big ones too - are eliminated by the simplest of solutions: having women around.’ That’s certainly an interesting sub-text to the entire book, in which Dyer (as a man) goes aboard the traditionally male-only preserve of the USS George H.W. Bush, juxtaposing some typically male laddish humour (he farts, and - like rubbing a magic lamp - his escort on board appears at the door of his room like the genie of the lamp!) with the decidedly non-jock observations on the military by a civilian: a limey civilian, at that! It’s a short, entertaining read with just enough thoughtful reflection along with Dyer’s trademark inventive linguistics to make it more meal at the captain’s table than fast food from the canteen. ‘Before now I had not made the connection between things sucking and sucking things up,’ he says (p67). ‘Now it seemed obvious that something sucking was a precondition of its being sucked up.’ There’s precious little that sucks here. Far from it.

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