Another Great Day at Sea

Another Great Day at Sea

Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition. --
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780307911582
0307911586
Characteristics: 190 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Steele-Perkins, Chris

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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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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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