Luminous Airplanes

Luminous Airplanes

Book - 2011
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A decade after the publication of Haussmann, or the Distinction, his acclaimed novel about nineteenth-century Paris, Paul La Farge turns his imagination to America at the dawn of the twenty-first century.In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a fes­­tival in the Nevada desert and learns that his grandfather has died, and that he has to return to Thebes, a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language, in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he's there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At thesame time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the Internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world. Luminous Airplanes has a singular form: the novel, complete in itself, is accompanied by an online "immersive text," which continues the story and complements it. Nearly ten years in the making, La Farge's ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, mem­­ory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374194314
Characteristics: 243 p. 22 cm.


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Oct 05, 2016

I could not finish this book, though it had a high rating and sounded like a good story. The story meandered to the point I became frustrated and procrastinated reading further. I did not have the focus to follow or understand what the writer wanted to say. This book was not entertaining for me and I could not recommend to others.


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