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Winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.
Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.
©1993 William Boyd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By mike on 09-24-11

The Blue Afternoon

Another cracking good story from William Boyd. Each book has a different and novel theme; where does he keep getting these tales from? One thing they have in common is that the reader is quickly captivated. Lorelei King narrates this book very well and the listener is easily involved.

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By Kaggy on 05-25-14

A strange and complex story

The story starts with Kay, a talented young architect living in Los Angeles in the 1930's. She has been cheated by her ex partner and maintains a complicated relationship with her ex husband. She is sharp and feisty and if this was a film, reminded me of the sort of woman who would have been played by Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis. She meets a stranger claiming to be her father and against her better judgement embarks on an adventure with him to investigate the mysteries of his past. From then on the story turns into the tale of Salvador Carriscant, a surgeon living in Manila in the early part of the 20th century. At this point Kay turns into the narrator of the story which is a bit of a loss because we lose sight of her fascinating character. Salvador's story however does make up for this. Life in an exotic colonial community is vividly portrayed and there are fascinating sub plots about rival surgeons, murder and experiments in flight. This tale doesn't provide easy or obvious answers. Instead you are left with a strong sense of what is really important in life and the enduring quality of love.

I do hope this title appears again in the Audible catalogue as I personally found it a very rewarding experience.

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