Browsing for and buying a book – an actual book – in an airport bookstore is a treat I especially enjoy before a long flight.
Sometimes I choose a title that catches my eye, but most often I pick up something that’s been on my ‘to read’ list.
Today the choice is the just-out-in-paperback edition of Mark Vanhoenacker’s Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures)
The New York Times review of the book says this is “an unusual entry into the air-travel genre. For one thing, the author is a commercial pilot, flying the Boeing 747 from London to cities across the globe. For another, he doesn’t speak of disasters, not even in passing…..”
Sounds promising and appropriate for in-flight reading, doesn’t it?
Vanhoenacker …”can put one in mind of Henry James,” the review continues.
“In “Skyfaring” we regularly come upon phrases like “the water gyre of the planet,” “technical rectitude,” “the ichthyology of our sea-sky” and “the light-filled clerestory of the world.” This is a volume that seeks to leave high contrails in your mental sky, and it does so in a manner that is nearly always appealing.”
Now let’s just hope my seatmate isn’t a talker…