By William Boyd
On the heels of Boyd's Costa (formerly Whitbread) Award winner, Restless, an erudite and exciting selection of essays and critiques from certainly one of our generation's so much gifted writers.
"Plant one bamboo shoot--cut bamboo for the remainder of your life." William Boyd's prolific, fruitful occupation is a testomony to this previous chinese language announcing. Boyd penned his first e-book assessment in 1978--the proverbial bamboo shoot--and we've been reaping the rewards ever for the reason that. starting with the Whitbread Award-winning A reliable guy in Africa, William Boyd has written constantly crafty, clever fiction and firmly demonstrated himself as a world guy of letters. He has performed approximately thirty years of study and writing for tasks as different as a singular approximately an ecologist learning chimpanzees (Brazzaville Beach), an tailored screenplay concerning the emotional lives of squaddies (The Trench, which he additionally directed), and a fictional biography of an American painter (Nat Tate). all of the whereas, Boyd has been accruing proof and wisdom--and publishing it within the type of articles, essays, and reviews.
Now to be had for the 1st time within the usa, Bamboo gathers jointly Boyd's writing on literature, paintings, the motion picture company, tv, humans he has met, locations he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African youth, his years at boarding institution, and the career of novelist. From Pablo Picasso to the Cannes movie competition, from Charles Dickens to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Cecil Rhodes, this assortment is an interesting and strangely revealing better half to the paintings of 1 of Britain's best novelists.
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