Another Great Day at Sea

Another Great Day at Sea

On Board the USS George H.W. Bush

eBook - 2014
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From a writer whose books succeed in either subverting or creating genres comes a unique look at an inaccessible world: life on board an American aircraft carrier. At once deft travelogue, unerring social observation, and honed comedy, this book describes life on a three-dimensional maze of walkways, hatches, and stairs; conversations conducted in a language suffused with acronyms but devoid of grammar; and Geoff Dyer's own earnest efforts to appreciate the men and women aboard who have chosen a way of life the diametric opposite of the one he has constructed for himself. Underlying Dyer's efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world'one that has its origins in the long hours he spent as a child building and painting airplane models and mastering the intricate details and features of military aircraft. This fascination allows Dyer to appreciate the rigorous protocols defined by the instruments, equipment that requires a thoroughgoing mastery of detail, and the expectations and outlooks of those who must adhere to a regimen defined by service and self-constraint, and a refusal to embrace uncertainty.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780307911599
0307911594
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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OhioEngineer Sep 02, 2014

Don't read this book if you are interested in learning about life aboard an aircraft carrier. Read it if you are interested in Mr. Dyer's personal phobias and habits. He spends an inordinate amount of ink discussing his likes and dislikes in excruciating detail and very little time educating the reader about life on a carrier. The Navy would have been justified in putting him adrift in a lifeboat after the first 24 hours on board.

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reedstevens
Aug 11, 2014

Delightful read, couldn't put it down. A sensitive, thorough investigation into the life aboard an aircraft carrier.

I was surprised to find myself so fascinated, I, who never even liked Girl Scouts, now understand a little more about why.

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Vic4132
Jul 29, 2014

Seems like there was more about the author than the aircraft carrier. What Dyer said about the carrier WAS interesting, but so positive that he might have had public relations too strongly in mind.

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looper46
Jul 19, 2014

The book is interesting, but its been done before. As for the author, he appears to be a whiner, not liking much of anything but the free teeth cleaning he gets. Try to ignore the cry-baby stuff and enjoy the workings of a modern war ship and the dedication of the crew

LJHan Jun 05, 2014

While interesting as a whole, this would have been better if it were more about the carrier and the crew and less of Mr. Dyer's whining about everything he disliked (the food), disapproved of (religion) or dismissed (sunsets-boring).
Unless the whining was suppose to pass as humor-? Humor is subjective; I found Dyer's monologues about himself and his opinions boring by the second chapter. He only seemed to enjoy a visit to the carrier's dental office for a free teeth cleaning and a meal prepared by the Captain's cook.
Oh, lastly, he called the Pirate of the Caribbean movies idiotic...while I haven't the same regard for the sequels, Curse of the Black Pearl is one of my favorite movies...and nobody hates on Captain Jack Sparrow--especially a whiny writer--to me!!

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lindseylegaspi
May 18, 2014

I'm looking forward to both hearing Geoff's presentation, and eventually reading the book when my turn comes around!
My American son is currently serving on the "Bush", and I'm originally from England!!
I hope to board the ship someday myself, on the upcoming "Tiger Cruise".
Lindsey Legaspi

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