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The Destiny of Nathalie X by William Boyd

The Destiny of Nathalie "X" (1995)

by William Boyd

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I rarely enjoy books of short stories; usually they are simply not long enough for the author to bring a character to life. In this collection of short stories William Boyd exhibits his customary writing flair, sketching scenes and drawing the reader in, but ultimately it is a frustrating read: as each story ends, you're left wanting more. This collection is also notable for the lead character in one of the short stories it contains (Hotel des Voyageurs), Logan Mountstuart, whose story Boyd later developed as the central figure of his masterpiece Any Human Heart. ( )
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The author of The Blue Afternoon and Brazzaville Beach confirms his mastery of story with this wide-ranging collection. Traveling from Lisbon and London to contemporary Hollywood, from World War I to the present, these stories are singular and eclectic, each wholly distinct from the other. Their range of reference is also sweeping and varied, from Ludwig Wittgenstein to David Hockney, burgeoning fascism to burgeoning capitalism, foreign languages to Hollywood-speak, an imaginary Brazil to cinéma vérité. Their tone covers the spectrum from despair to high comedy. The true constants are Boyd's sharp eye and multifaceted prose.

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