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Great Circle: A Novel por Maggie Shipstead
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Great Circle: A Novel (original 2021; edição 2021)

por Maggie Shipstead (Autor)

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK ? The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost: an ??epic trip??through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day Hollywood??and you??ll relish every minute? (People).

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There??after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes??Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.
A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates??and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times??collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prod
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Título:Great Circle: A Novel
Autores:Maggie Shipstead (Autor)
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I wanted to like this fat Booker Longlist nominee better than I did. Well written prose and interesting tale of a lost aviator and her life in male-dominated world of flying, but the tandem story of a Hollywood star chosen to play her in the movie slowed me down. And I resented being slowed down. I am not a fan of historical novels so that explain some of my impatience. It was too big a book not to love spending time with it. ( )
1 vote featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
Placeholder. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Such a splendid achievement, it boggles the mind to think how it was conceived and executed. Dazzling. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
The first quarter of this book was hard to get through since it seemed to rotate through all sorts of horrible abuse. That content let up as the story progressed and overall it was very good. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Read for book club. I came round to this book - at page 150 I was finding the number of descriptions of people masturbating (many) as against the number of descriptions of people flying airplanes (few) surprising, given the blurb. However, things picked up and I became fairly engrossed in the story, although all the Hadley sections felt entirely superfluous. Are we supposed to ponder how women's lives differ over the decades? If so, Marian and Hadley didn't seem particularly comparable to me (other than their being abandoned/orphaned and brought up by a neglectful uncle) - they were both users...?

I didn't see the ending coming, but it was OK for me. I thought the author was good on the effects of war, but I wish there had been the odd character brought up in a loving home whose sexual experiences were consensual. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 7, 2023 |
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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 [...]
adicionada por Nevov | editarThe Observer, Stephanie Merritt (Jun 14, 2021)
 
The start of Shipstead’s book — her third, after “Seating Arrangements” in 2012 and “Astonish Me” in 2014 — is thrilling and complicated, with many different threads laid out and back stories carefully and richly wrought; for the next 500-odd pages, I felt the fear I feel when a student’s work starts strong, when other novels open high — knowing that, more often than not, lofty heights can’t be sustained. But “Great Circle” starts high and maintains altitude. One might say it soars.... This is a book explicitly invested in sweep....this far-ranging breadth is as much the project of this novel as any of these individual lives — including all the ways each life exists within the context of so many others, the way the natural world informs and forms us, all the ways we are still only and particularly ourselves.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Lynn Steger Strong (sítio Web pago) (May 4, 2021)
 
“Great Circle” is a relentlessly exciting story about a woman maneuvering her way between tradition and prejudice to get what she wants. It’s also a culturally rich story that takes full advantage of its extended length to explore the changing landscape of the 20th century.... Shipstead is particularly interested in the way attitudes about gender shape women’s expectations, desires and careers. Marian utterly rejects the gallant respect for her femininity, which she knows is just a pretty way of keeping her tethered and hooded like a tame falcon.... Shipstead has boldly complicated this gripping historical novel by weaving in a modern-day story set in Hollywood.... The extraordinary realism of Marian’s chapters can make the broad strokes of Hadley’s sections feel light in comparison....Though separated by decades, the aviator and the actress are both powerful women, rising from devastating tragedies to forge their own way.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarWashington Post, Ron Charles (sítio Web pago) (May 3, 2021)
 
Though the plotlines come second to the character development, “Great Circle” delves into the gamut of human experience, from romance to war to grief. That being said, there are some parts of this book that drag, and it is a novel that will take time and energy to fully delve into. Especially towards the beginning, where the reader is introduced to so many perspectives, it can be difficult to fully invest in the narrative without a clear understanding as to why each mini-story is important quite yet. Combined with the fact that the novel has a complex non-linear timeline, this story is not instantaneously engrossing, but it builds until it is difficult to put down....“Great Circle” is a novel about lofty ideals of truth, purpose, and connection across time and space, brought down to earth by a dynamic and complex cast of characters. If a reader is willing to give this novel the time it requires, the story’s universal appeal shines through.
 
The intertwined journeys of an aviatrix born in 1914 and an actress cast to play her a century later.... Shipstead reveals breathtaking range and skill, expertly juggling a multigenerational historical epic and a scandal-soaked Hollywood satire, with scenes playing out on land, at sea, and in the air....Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines—but it never falls from the sky.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Jan 15, 2021)
 

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK ? The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost: an ??epic trip??through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day Hollywood??and you??ll relish every minute? (People).

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There??after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes??Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.
A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates??and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times??collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prod

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