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Great Circle: A novel af Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle: A novel (udgave 2021)

af Maggie Shipstead (Forfatter)

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Titel:Great Circle: A novel
Forfattere:Maggie Shipstead (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf (2021), 608 pages
Samlinger:New Books
Nøgleord:Adult, Fiction

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Great Circle af Maggie Shipstead


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This is the epic story about a pair of twins and at a later time a woman to portray the female twin in a movie. The movie will be about the female twins life as she attempts to be the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the globe vertically not East to West. The book also tells the tale of her twin brother and additionally her many relationships over the years. The book is well over five hundred pages but moves along at a brisk pace and kept my interest. ( )
  muddyboy | Oct 20, 2021 |
This big, sprawling novel, begins on a doomed ocean-liner in 1914 and ends in both Antarctica and New Zealand, sometime in the 1950s. It mainly focuses on Marian Graves and her twin brother Jamie, raised by their bachelor uncle in rural Montana. Marian has an early fascination with flight and begins taking lessons as a teenager. She soon becomes an ace pilot, running bootleg liquor. This is just the tiny tip of the iceberg of this story, as it also follows her through WWII, as a member of a female flying brigade and her life beyond, including friendships, romances and lots of adventure. This is a beefy read, but Shipstead is a fine writer and a gifted storyteller, so it pulls the reader along. Her research skills are immense too, which I found impressive. This was my first book by her and now I want to read her earlier work. ( )
1 stem msf59 | Oct 6, 2021 |
I did like this book, the story of Marian Graves, a fictional woman pilot. But it didn’t need to be 600 pages long. I liked how the story jumped between time periods and how well developed all the characters and plot points were. But some of the minor plot points could have been shortened to shorten the book.

It was a good historical saga, I liked how the author used a more traditional style for the book. ( )
  kayanelson | Sep 24, 2021 |
Multiple people, multiple time periods, multiple plots. It is also very long. However, it is an amazing book filled with nuance and drama. Her other books have also been excellent but this was amazing. A good read for a long plane ride. ( )
  shazjhb | Sep 20, 2021 |
42. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
readers: [[Cassandra Campbel]]l & [[Alex McKenna]]
published: 2021
format: 25:16, 608 pages in hardcover
acquired: July 30
listened: Jul 30 – Sep 10
rating: 4
locations: Hollywood, Missoula, Montana, Seattle, Vancouver, Alaska, England, Antarctica, and other places.
about the author:from Mission Viejo, California. Born 1983

Another long book I liked but didn't love. Great Circle is the story Marian Graves, a (fictional) pilot who tried to be the first to fly around the world by crossing both poles in 1949-50, but disappeared somewhere off the New Zealand side of Antarctica. Now the overlooked pioneering pilot is a the subject of a movie under production.

No simple story, Marian and her twin brother must survive a shipwreck, lose their parents, and grow up somewhat wild, and be raised by an uncle in Montana. When Marian first sees a airplane she becomes obsessed, drops out of school to make some money and makes a number of other sacrifices to pursue her goal of flying.

In Hollywood an off-kilter brazen actress suffering bad press, who lost her parents to a plane that disappeared, and who was raised by her uncle, feels a connection to Marian, and is selected to play her in a movie.

The stories are told in contrasting tone (and two different narrators on audio), but interact through the mystery that was Marian.

It was not a wow for me. And I thought it lacked a hook. I never really understood why Marian was so special to spend time with. I mean I liked her. Just, she didn't draw me in. On a different note, I didn't like that she was such a passive character. It seems a little wrong that a pioneering pilot was so passive, but mainly it's just an overdone thing. So many contemporary novels live off outrageously passive characters. Maybe this was just a little too conventional for me. But it‘s still a good novel, and Shipstead creates some wonderful moments, with some striking prose.

https://www.librarything.com/topic/333774#7601750 ( )
2 stem dchaikin | Sep 12, 2021 |
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Shipstead [...] writes with precision on both macro and micro levels, bringing a sure-footed fluency to descriptions of landscape, potted highlights of aviation history and close-up details of people and places [...]
tilføjet af Nevov | RedigerThe Observer, Stephanie Merritt (Jun 14, 2021)

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Shipstead, Maggieprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Campbell, CassandraFortællermedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
McKenna, AlexFortællermedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
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