I read this book on holiday in France summer 2013. I found myself getting up at 7am or earlier to get in an indulgent hour or so of reading enjoyment before other family emerged. It is a terrific page turner. The other five start reviews here are correct in my opinion. They cover a lot of detail so I will keep this one short.
By reading this book I learnt a lot about what it is like to live on board a US aircraft carrier, and also about what it is like on board Geoff Dyer...or at least the version of Geoff Dyer he presents through these pages. In places it is very funny because Dyer is frank about the less admirable personal preoccupations and desires that many of would also admit to, if forced.
I would add that your local library may have this book, so try there first. The pictures in the book are very good so the printed copy is preferable to the e-reader version.
The most enjoyable and illuminating book I have read since 1922 Constellation of Genius, last summer… Read more