I enjoyed this book very much. I was not sure at first. A book about learning to fly? Seriously? The story is set in 1920s America and begins in St Louis and takes us soon to a small Kansas farm. Young Walt, the flying prospect, goes thru a rough 33-step program under the supervision of "the Master." After a couple of years of training there is lift-off and the show goes on the road. However, it ends sooner than expected but everyone readjusts. Auster created an odd bag of characters and I liked all the primary characters very much. Characters with heart. Auster brings in the Lindbergh flight, Prohibition, the Depression, baseball, Spinoza and much more. I find his prose to be always clever, interesting, entertaining and enlightening. Lift and locomotion (a metaphor for life). The book is about relationships, struggles, survival, life, love, death, America. I felt good after reading the book. Sometimes people who are not family come together like a family. The book is insightful and thought-provoking. Good stuff. American prose at it's best....Continua
Un romanzo particolare, bel ritmo (rotto soltanto verso la fine da tre pagine sul baseball) scrittura piacevole, bella la trama (qualche idea rubata alla "franc- massoneria" circa l'iniziazione di Walt) nell'insieme un buon prodotto.
Not bad, but the last pages were ... weak; those when he met the baseball star. I like how it ended
my favorite auster and one of the best first lines in the history of literature, in my opinion