Another Great Day at Sea
Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush
By Geoff Dyer
Vintage, Paperback, 9780804170208, 208pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
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As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes. So as an adult, naturally he jumped at the chance to spend a week onboard the aircraft carrier the USS "George H.W. Bush." Part deft travelogue, part unerring social observation, and part finely honed comedy, "Another Great Day at Sea" is the inimitable Dyer's account of his time spent wandering the ship's maze of walkways, hatches, and stairs, and talking with the crew--from the Captain to the ship's dentists. A lanky Englishman in a deeply American world, Dyer brilliantly records daily life aboard this floating fortress, revealing it to be a prism for understanding a society where discipline and conformity become forms of self-expression. At the same time we are reminded why Dyer is celebrated as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.