Up In The Air

Up In The Air

Paperback - 2009
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Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor--he fires people--has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld," finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss's desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate.

With perception, wit, and wisdom, Up in the Air combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780307476296
0307476294

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thesurveillance
Aug 31, 2017

Other readers found it boring, and I'll admit it is a bit stiff, very cerebral at times. But nothing worth having comes easily, and if you can buy (into) the ticket, Walter Kern takes you on a fascinating ride. With the imagery of W.C.Williams, the honesty and masculinity of Kingsolver or Carver, Hunter's devil may care, and the imagination of Pynchon, you won't find a better book in these stacks.
His best work.
A++ highly recommended

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sorensje
Dec 24, 2016

one of the rare cases the film adaptation is better than the book. probably because the film took its own direction and fleshed out his mileage, family, and female relationships much better. in the book, much of the plot and stories/arcs regarding his miles, family, women, book/speaking falls flat and anticlimactic.

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txskydvr
Aug 01, 2013

Extremely underwhelming.

I found this book very difficult to get through. There were numerous times I considered not even finishing it but rather decided that the book might get better by the end. It didn't.

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davehook
Jun 03, 2012

Not the kind of book that you want to read if you are looking for a lot of action, but I love the way that the author takes things that most of us regard as mundane or an inconvenience such as air travel or staying in hotels and make them seem poetic.

One thing though - the book bears very little resemblance to the movie

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loudem
Oct 13, 2010

What a dull book. It started well enough but crashed soon after and by the end I just wanted to shoot myself and couldn't wait for it to end. Pure torture. This is a story without a story. That 1,000,000 traveler's points is a sham. Please don't pick up this book. You'll thank me for it.

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