This was the Book of the Week on Radio 4. "One of the most constantly fascinating, but consistently under-appreciated aspects of modern life is the business of flying. Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book on the subject: a description of what it's like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being. This is a man who is at once a technical expert - he flies 747s across continents - and a poet of the skies. This couldn't be more highly recommended." (Alain de Botton). Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.
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"[An] ode to the wonder of flight in the tradition of the great pioneer pilot-author Antoine de Saint Exupéry and Charles Lindbergh... flying remains a magical business, Vanhoenacker makes clear... a riveting practitioner’s account of a human achievement that has been rendered humdrum by its own success." (Charles Bremner Sunday Times)
"Mr Vanhoenacker, fortunately for his readers, has lost none of his sense of wonder at the miracle of flight itself... a beautifully observed collection of details, scenes, emotions and facts from the world above the world" ( Economist)
"Although he’s contributed to the New York Times and Slate, this is his first book ? and it’s a beauty. For so many flying has become humdrum: a bus journey to be endured then forgotten, not enjoyed and recalled. Vanhoenacker makes it wondrous again." (David Sexton Evening Standard)
"Beautifully... simply put. Vanhoenacker's prose has a functional eloquence that carries the reader along for the ride." (Geoff Dyer The Guardian)
"Reminds us of the magic of aviation... full of information that is wonderful in its simplicity" (Erica Wagner The New Statesman)
"[An] endlessly surprising, strikingly original book... combines intelligence and sensitivity with an "outward-looking introspection"" ( Intelligent Life)
"Not since Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic Vol de Nuit…has there been such a fantastic book about flying… Skyfaring takes the genre to a whole new level. I found myself turning over the corners of almost every page with excitement and admiration" (Giles Foden Condé Nast Traveller)
"A longhaul airline pilot whose vision is unexpectedly poetic and romantic...what stood out for me was that sense of wonder up there...a rather lovely book" (Libby Purves Radio 4)
"A poet of the skies to rival St Exupéry... an author of real distinction with a genuinely poetic sensibility as well as a memorable turn of phrase... a perfect voice for a glorious subject... This really is a very good book" ( The Spectator)
"A description of what it’s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist… This is a man who is at once a technical expert – he flies 747s across continents – and a poet of the skies. This couldn’t be more highly recommended" (Alain de Botton)
"...both a manual for infrequent flyers (wherein the physics and metaphysics of time and space are for once essayed in a perfectly straightforward manner) and a skilful meditation on the glories of traversing the earth at the helm of mankind's greatest technological achievement that - yes - flies from the page" (Bill Prince GQ)
"Poets are pilots of a kind, teaching us to navigate the world anew; Mark Vanhoenacker is a pilot with the spirit, the wide-open eyes, the rare feel for beauty and discovery of an accomplished poet. Imagine Henry David Thoreau reflecting on the wonders of the lights of Oman as seen from the cockpit of a 747, and you begin to have something of the fresh magic of this exceptional debut. This is a work for anyone who longs to learn how to see again, and to live." (Pico Iyer)
"Part autobiography, part travelogue, part prose poem... a powerful antidote to the conventional belief that the romance of flight has been lost in the modern age of mass transit" ( Literary Review)
"A refreshingly meditative perspective on a life in the clouds" ( Wanderlust)
'Flight, like any great love, is both a liberation and a return': an airline pilot captures the wonder of flight for the modern traveller
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Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, 2015. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110701188669