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Dear American Airlines - Jonathan Miles
Dear American Airlines
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Sometimes the planes don’t fly on time.Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter’s wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O’Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and... show more
Sometimes the planes don’t fly on time.Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter’s wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O’Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A man both sinned against and sinning, Bennie writes in a voice that is a marvel of lacerating wit, heart-on-sleeve emotion, and wide-ranging erudition, underlined by a consistent groundnote of regret for the actions of a lifetime -- and made all the more urgent by the fading hope that if he can just make it to the wedding, he might have a chance to do something right. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term “airport novel” and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780547054018 (0547054017)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
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A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
2.0
This book which got alot of rave reviews, just irritated me. I thought it rambled onto no end and could have been a whole lot shorter than the small book it even was. Just a really, really depressing read.
Intensely Focused
Intensely Focused rated it
It was an interesting book. Benny's flight is canceled due to non-existent bad weather, so he's stranded in an airport overnight. Frustrated at the delay and the transparently false explanation for the delay, he starts to write a letter of complaint to American Airlines, demanding a refund.What st...
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it
4.0
I'm waffling between 3 and 4 stars, but lean higher for two reasons. 1) I swallowed the book in four smooth, gut-punching shots, finding it occasionally astringent but relishing its fire, reveling in the boozy combination of nasty jokes and maudlin recollection. It's sentimental and yet rigorously...
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