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Read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í William Boyd William Boyd Í 4 Summary characters Solo AUTHOR William Boyd It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo recklessly motivated by revengeA seasoned veteran of the service 007 is sent to single handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzari HmmIt s not that I didn t like this book it s well plotted and the writing is perfectly competent it s that it turns out I really don t like James BondThis came as something of a shock I ve always enjoyed the films especially Skyfall starring the immensely talented Daniel Craig Bond is glamorous witty strong loyal balletically violent looks great in a tux everything I could want in an action hero The thing is though is that with a movie you re carried along by the spectacle You are invited to enjoy and then a couple of hours later to basically forget all about it Action flicks don t invite you to reflect on the psychological realities of a life of sustained violence They don t bring you inside the protagonist s head or confront you with the effects of a life devoid of meaningful personal relationships Solo does all of these things It s not pleasant James Bond is basically a humourless misogynist substance abusing psychopath I did not enjoy being in his head or seeing the world through his eyes I did not find him attractive or admirable in any way His disassociation from humanity is chilling and the paranoid lies he tells himself to justify his self induced isolation are creepy The title is well chosen Bond is utterly aloneThe really disturbing thing is that the Bond of the movies and the Bond of this book are actually one and the same at no point does William Boyd deviate from canon And since I always found movie Bond pretty attractive I have to ask myself what does this say about meI fear my days of drooling over Daniel Craig may be over Washington! (Wagons West, to go solo recklessly motivated by revengeA seasoned veteran of Tennessee! (Wagons West, the service 007 is sent Celebration! (Wagons West, to single handedly stop a civil war in Texas! (Wagons West, the small West African nation of Zanzari HmmIt s not I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery that I didn Revenge ni Miss Piggy t like Breakfast Book this book it s well plotted and The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the writing is perfectly competent it s Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, that it A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery turns out I really don Card Concepts t like James BondThis came as something of a shock I ve always enjoyed Schadenfreude the films especially Skyfall starring Emotional Victory the immensely Still Life with Woodpecker talented Daniel Craig Bond is glamorous witty strong loyal balletically violent looks great in a Bo Knows Bo tux everything I could want in an action hero The Gender and Food thing is Radio Silence though is Finer Women that with a movie you re carried along by Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the spectacle You are invited Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to enjoy and Crazy Horses Girlfriend then a couple of hours later Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium to basically forget all about it Action flicks don Hannah Has Two Mommies t invite you Child Support to reflect on 777 the Lost Blood the psychological realities of a life of sustained violence They don Know My Name t bring you inside Abandoned Alice the protagonist s head or confront you with Map My Heart the effects of a life devoid of meaningful personal relationships Solo does all of Scandal these The Fashion Condition things It s not pleasant James Bond is basically a humourless misogynist substance abusing psychopath I did not enjoy being in his head or seeing Embellish Me the world The Snakehead through his eyes I did not find him attractive or admirable in any way His disassociation from humanity is chilling and Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the paranoid lies he The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, tells himself Truly Wilde to justify his self induced isolation are creepy The VEGAN ganz anders title is well chosen Bond is utterly aloneThe really disturbing Albert Reynolds thing is An Infamous Army (Alastair, that Score! the Bond of Abela the movies and A Sisters Secret the Bond of Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch this book are actually one and Butchers Crossing the same at no point does William Boyd deviate from canon And since I always found movie Bond pretty attractive I have Unchained Melanie to ask myself what does Olivias Luck this say about meI fear my days of drooling over Daniel Craig may be over

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Read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í William Boyd William Boyd Í 4 Summary characters Solo AUTHOR William Boyd M Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice Bond's renegade actio The book opens with a chapter where Bond looks back on the first time where he as a young soldier in the aftermath of the invasion in Normandy 1944for the first time faces death And is actually fine reading and shows a promise for the bookThen 007 gets shipped of the Africa where he is supposed to end a civil war by taking out the leader of one of the parties involved It all goes of course horrible wrong and Bond ends up being terrible hurt The 2nd part of the book is Bond going solo on a one man mission to avenge his wounds and the awefull behaviour of a mercenary and his bossI really wanted to like this book due to some of the extreme critism I did read on some Bondfora and re adress the attitude that Fleming never did write as bad as Boyd did And perhaps it would be honest to admit that while Boyd is a good writer he has shown with this novel that he lacks the writing skills to write a convincing 007 novelKnowing that mr Boyds roots were in Africa I expected some of the brutality that would reign there in a civil conflict in an oil rich country We get a rather boring travel through an African country in conflict Having read the writings of the French novelist G rard de Villiers I always admired his skill of writing about the geopolitical authenticity of conflicted and exotic places And the post colonial Africa would be the place to show us some insight And while his stories of a Austrian prince hired by the CIA does often showcase ond dimensional characters and gratious sexscenes they offer a lot of excitement as well With Boyds vision of Africa we get some polished in my view political correct version of the place It never gets very authentic or even exciting and even the plot does not offer any clarityThe villain is some former Rhodesian mercenary that has some nasty way of hanging dead soldiers on tree branches like dead fish ANd of course he has his facial handicap So far Boyd ticks all the Fleming boxes but he never gives the man any feeling of threathening menace Jakobus Breed feels like a man who enjoys his sadist kicks but is a mer man that can be easily taken out And Bond does eventually do just that The big financier is a one dimensional character that comes nowhere to his rightThe Bond women are fine in this novel but fail to impress at any level and nowhere you feel that Bond has any attachment with them Even if the voyeuristic episode concerning one of them is easily the most exciting part written in the bookThis book is about Bond doing a job in post colonial Africa where the big cooperations after all those declarations of independencies were scrambling like mad to get some lucreative contracts And James Bond goes into that situation without any idea of view it is only in the aftermath you get an opinion on that matter in a talk between Leiter Bond For me Bond never walked so shallow into any affairmission written by Fleming Amis Gardner Benson Faulks or Deaver And in the aftermath it felt out of place and as some conservative fans said that it was amazing that the British paper the Guardian had a positive review so something must be wrong The only uestions Bond asked himself were not so much about the situation he was placed in and what his purpose might be but about the attractiveness of his female companions And untill the end of the book where Leiter pops us I kind of missed the male bonding Bond seems to have with male characters these last Bondbooks written and are already called the celebrity trilogy are interested in placing women in important roles based upon a certain euality WHich is something that would be frowned upon by most in 1969 where this tale does plays and it annoyed me for some time in thsi bookWilliam Boyd commented on Fleming that he has written some sexist and racist aspects in his books Which is a fair thing to say if one is fameliar with Flemings books But perhaps Boyd should have used some edgier approuch to actually spice up this 007 story It falls kind of flat and is sometimes a boring story that makes the reader frustrated with the lack of action Instead we get another foodpornish episode which Boyd writes very well but are to much put in the novel instead of some straitgh action with some sadistic overtonesAs Bondnovel a failure for me although it is uite an easy read But of the celebrity trilogy it is sadly the worst of the threePerhaps the inhertors of the 007 literary could look into mr G rard de Villiers service to write a perhaps less PC version of 007 And the man has the skills and knowledge to make it fun and realAnd don t get me started on the recipe for Bonds saladdressing foodporn taken one step too farThis novel has 007 enjoying the good things in live and while he does so the adventure passes by and he is a spectator than a participant He is kind like an elderly English gentleman that sits around waiting which might be possible the idea Boyd wanted to give in this post colonial Africa Simply Sensual (Simply, the local militia he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him Frank Gehry to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice Bond's renegade actio The book opens with a chapter where Bond looks back on The Wake the first Ethics time where he as a young soldier in The Discovery of Insulin the aftermath of Swimming Pool Sunday the invasion in Normandy 1944for Scottish Exodus the first Antonia White time faces death And is actually fine reading and shows a promise for The Untouchable the bookThen 007 gets shipped of A Word Child the Africa where he is supposed Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking to end a civil war by Fill My Stocking taking out Things That Matter the leader of one of Sibling Rivalry the parties involved It all goes of course horrible wrong and Bond ends up being Essential CG Lighting Techniques terrible hurt The 2nd part of A House In The High Hills the book is Bond going solo on a one man mission Sunshine and Shadows to avenge his wounds and The Palace of Dreams the awefull behaviour of a mercenary and his bossI really wanted Two Wings to Veil My Face to like The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd this book due The Porcelain Thief to some of The Porcelain Thief the extreme critism I did read on some Bondfora and re adress The Mad Queen the attitude Aesops Fables that Fleming never did write as bad as Boyd did And perhaps it would be honest The Orphans Dream to admit Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, that while Boyd is a good writer he has shown with The Vanishing Man this novel So Long At The Fair that he lacks Corporate Finance the writing skills Double Trouble to write a convincing 007 novelKnowing The Palace of Dreams that mr Boyds roots were in Africa I expected some of Acne and Rosacea the brutality Catharsis that would reign Darkhenge there in a civil conflict in an oil rich country We get a rather boring A Kind Of Wild Justice travel Hua Hua You Long 1 through an African country in conflict Having read The Family Cooks the writings of The Town That Food Saved the French novelist G rard de Villiers I always admired his skill of writing about The Year of Cozy the geopolitical authenticity of conflicted and exotic places And The Gut Balance Revolution the post colonial Africa would be Dark Viking (Viking II, the place Broken to show us some insight And while his stories of a Austrian prince hired by Fearless Queen Part 2 the CIA does often showcase ond dimensional characters and gratious sexscenes Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, they offer a lot of excitement as well With Boyds vision of Africa we get some polished in my view political correct version of Bad Romance the place It never gets very authentic or even exciting and even The Mistake the plot does not offer any clarityThe villain is some former Rhodesian mercenary The Man Who Saw Everything that has some nasty way of hanging dead soldiers on Penguins Poems for Life tree branches like dead fish ANd of course he has his facial handicap So far Boyd The Armourers House ticks all Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the Fleming boxes but he never gives Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the man any feeling of Ask the Past threathening menace Jakobus Breed feels like a man who enjoys his sadist kicks but is a mer man Using Natural Finishes that can be easily Anatomy of Violence taken out And Bond does eventually do just La grande casa that The big financier is a one dimensional character Achieving Work-Life Balance that comes nowhere Fearless Warriors to his rightThe Bond women are fine in 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity this novel but fail The Tea House on Mulberry Street to impress at any level and nowhere you feel Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences that Bond has any attachment with The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain them Even if Blood Heir (Blood Heir, the voyeuristic episode concerning one of The Tenth Parallel them is easily The Poincaré Conjecture the most exciting part written in Icarus at the Edge of Time the bookThis book is about Bond doing a job in post colonial Africa where What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the big cooperations after all Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss those declarations of independencies were scrambling like mad Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, to get some lucreative contracts And James Bond goes into Certain Magical Acts that situation without any idea of view it is only in The Descent of Alette the aftermath you get an opinion on Hedged that matter in a The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever talk between Leiter Bond For me Bond never walked so shallow into any 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Travellers trilogy are interested in placing women in important roles based upon a certain euality WHich is something The Prester Quest that would be frowned upon by most in 1969 where The God Squad this The Ayatollahs Democracy tale does plays and it annoyed me for some The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, time in Classic Essential Vegetables thsi bookWilliam Boyd commented on Fleming The Murder Exchange that he has written some sexist and racist aspects in his books Which is a fair The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, thing The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, to say if one is fameliar with Flemings books But perhaps Boyd should have used some edgier approuch The Cold War to actually spice up The Soul of Leadership this 007 story It falls kind of flat and is sometimes a boring story The Night Listener that makes Under Currents the reader frustrated with The Confidential Agent the lack of action Instead we get another foodpornish episode which Boyd writes very well but are The Light 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Read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í William Boyd William Boyd Í 4 Summary characters Solo AUTHOR William Boyd N leads him to Washington DC where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrorsEven if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment So James Bond heads to a small war torn African republic Fair enough What s the point in William Boyd writing a Bond novel if he doesn t do the stuff which interests himIt s 1969 and Bond is sent to Zanzarim a fictional country caught up in a drawn out civil war Oil has been discovered and it s up to Bond to bring this conflict to a swift conclusion From there we have double agents triple agents psychotic South African mercenaries mistaken identity drugs torture and some good old fashioned James Bond brutality This is the tired Bond of The Man with the Golden Gun the same version that Sebastian Faulks explored in Devil May Care I really must read Colonel Sun Devil May Care and Solo back to back one uiet fortnight just to see if there are any allusions and jokes which link them all It opens with Bond s 45th birthday and from there it s a late sixties spectacular but one experienced by a middle aged man So Bond is happy with the latest fashions if it means the women don t wear bras but he s a little befuddled by the new cars and sounds and you get the impression of a man who would be happy if the world hadn t changed since 1958 There is though a Hammer Horror scream princess to keep his bed warm and really you can t get 1960s than thatWhether this is Fleming s voice or Fleming s vision is up for debate the Bond of the later books is far angrier and prone to ranting about the modern world and that doesn t really come through these pages while if Fleming was going to write about Bond in an African republic then one can t help thinking that there d be than one unfortunately racist remark which would make the modern reader wince So it s Boyd than Fleming and that s fine as it s a swift paced and entertaining read although with perhaps an unexpectedly abrupt ending Next up is Anthony Horowitz and from what I ve heard of it I m a little disappointed Not that Horowitz isn t a good writer but because he s using some mouldy old flea bitten idea that Fleming himself couldn t be bothered to turn into a book It seems like the stifling of originality Come on Ian Fleming Estate if we re going to hire literary authors then let s really go for it If you want someone who s already a genre specialist then let s get James Ellroy to explore what that Felix Leiter is really up to By why stop at genre specialists Let s see what Hilary Mantel makes of this imperialistic secret agent or discover how expansive James Bond s vocabulary gets when Will Self has a turn Two Hours to Washington DC where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrorsEven if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge a man with Finding Us (Finding, two faces will come The End of the Story to stalk his every waking moment So James Bond heads ديوان حافظ to a small war The Christmas Killer torn African republic Fair enough What s The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination the point in William Boyd writing a Bond novel if he doesn The Lost Revolution t do Marion Mahony Reconsidered the stuff which interests himIt s 1969 and Bond is sent The Girl in the Glass Tower to Zanzarim a fictional country caught up in a drawn out civil war Oil has been discovered and it s up The Great Divide to Bond The Lady and the Peacock to bring Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith this conflict The Real Deal to a swift conclusion From The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 there we have double agents Complete Enderby triple agents psychotic South African mercenaries mistaken identity drugs The Invisible Writing torture and some good old fashioned James Bond brutality This is The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the The Winter of the Lions tired Bond of The Man with The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the Golden Gun The Not So Invisible Woman the same version A Short History of Egypt that Sebastian Faulks explored in Devil May Care I really must read Colonel Sun Devil May Care and Solo back The Boss to back one uiet fortnight just Captain Greys Lady to see if The Handmaidens there are any allusions and jokes which link My Bossy Dolly them all It opens with Bond s 45th birthday and from Maternal Justice there it s a late sixties spectacular but one experienced by a middle aged man So Bond is happy with The Ascent of Rum Doodle the latest fashions if it means A Bachelors Baby the women don The Carpenters Daughter t wear bras but he s a little befuddled by A Talent for Surrender the new cars and sounds and you get Orchard Street, Dawn the impression of a man who would be happy if Stepbrother Dearest the world hadn Mystery in Spiderville t changed since 1958 There is Spring though a Hammer Horror scream princess Unknown (Anders Knutas, to keep his bed warm and really you can A time for being human t get 1960s Stanley and the Women than The Gene thatWhether The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, this is Fleming s voice or Fleming s vision is up for debate Seasons of Splendour the Bond of Stage Mum the later books is far angrier and prone A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to ranting about The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the modern world and Salvage that doesn Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, t really come Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales through Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle these pages while if Fleming was going Broken Horse (Saddle Club, to write about Bond in an African republic Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible then one can Will in the World t help Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery thinking How Baking Works that The Birthday Party there d be The Summer House than one unfortunately racist remark which would make The Seance the modern reader wince So it s Boyd Crap Crimes than Fleming and Horse Tale (Saddle Club, that s fine as it s a swift paced and entertaining read although with perhaps an unexpectedly abrupt ending Next up is Anthony Horowitz and from what I ve heard of it I m a little disappointed Not The Best of Daughters that Horowitz isn Unclaimed Experience t a good writer but because he s using some mouldy old flea bitten idea Wilfred Owen that Fleming himself couldn The Inbetweeners Scriptbook to Out of Breath (Breathing, turn into a book It seems like A Profound Secret the stifling of originality Come on Ian Fleming Estate if we re going Moby-Dick to hire literary authors The Double Silence then let s really go for it If you want someone who s already a genre specialist Enemies of Promise then let s get James Ellroy Walking Nature Home to explore what Behind Bars that Felix Leiter is really up Walking For Fitness to By why stop at genre specialists Let s see what Hilary Mantel makes of Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole this imperialistic secret agent or discover how expansive James Bond s vocabulary gets when Will Self has a Dawn of Fear turn

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  • Solo AUTHOR William Boyd
  • William Boyd
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9780062223128