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 intent 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.
About the Author
GEOFF DYER is the author of four novels (including Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, a New York Times notable book); a critical study of John Berger; and five highly original nonfiction books including Zona (his most recent), But Beautiful (awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize), and Out of Sheer Rage (an NBCC finalist). His most recent collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in London.
Praise for Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush…
“Geoff Dyer has managed to do again what he does best: insert himself into an exotic and demanding environment (sometimes, his own flat, but here, the violent wonders of an aircraft carrier) and file a report that mixes empathetic appreciation with dips into brilliant comic deflation. Welcome aboard the edifying and sometimes hilarious ship Dyer.” —Billy Collins, author of Aimless Love