Flight was a very fun experience for me. The story is original and keeps the mind satisfied with two fascinating plots that are both about life beneath the plastic surface of smiling faces and ho-hum superficial existence.
Bonta ranks as a great writer due to extraordinary prose, depth of ideas, masterful plot but any worthwhile novelist is first a poet, which Bonta is, and her ability to be either verbose or succint and ultimately insightful is poetry. Seriously, there are sentences in this book that are just --- beautiful. It's obvious when a writer loves words and books. There is playfulness with words in Flight. Bonta has a knack of packing megaton wisdom into one sentence. Again, obviously her poetry background.
The narrative tone of Flight is 3rd person parable-type style, done for effect, as if written by a visitor to Earth telling a story for the ages, but Bonta gets local vernacular and different dialogues of characters down perfectly -- such as "mall-speak" and "cool-speak" as a couple of examples. Highly entertaining.
So I wanted to hear the audio, too, which the author narrates herself. Vanna Bonta's voiceover I could listen to all day. In the audiobook narration she effortlessly delivers the spectrum of characters and dialogues she created. She is a professional and inspired actress who is credited on Disney movies. major feature films and television. The audiobook is a double-gem because we get Bonta's diamond talent of spoken word. She's a genuine artist. Her voice has excellent, natural and pleasant diction and seamless emotion.
Naturally I had to own a copy of the paper book because it's too famous a book. I didn't realize what a history this book has until I read about it on Wikipedia. I didn't know a real rocket ship was named after Aira Flight's fictional spaceship (Lauryad).
Flight is populated with characters I found myself caring about. I know Mendle Orion, Aira Flight and Onx, and that cagey vixen Sandra. They live with all the beloved characters who have moved me to better knowledge of myself. Interesting, I saw a bit of myself in every character's imperfect but perfectr humanity. Each character stands for an aspect of human existence. Aira Flight --- the girl with amensia and no navel is a brilliant icon for the duality of human nature ....walking around in biological body but where did she (we?) (awaresness?) really come from.
Bonta is a master writer and enchanting storyteller.
Movie? Thinking Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Tim Burton, Megan Fox (Sandra) an unknown for Aira Flight, like Scarlett Johnassen? Or younger cooler people will be hip.
The ride of this amazing, strange, bizarre story is nothing compared to reality. A line from the book is true: "Reality is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable." (Flight quantum fiction, by Vanna Bonta)
Alternate histories can sometimes come across as unbelievable but this was not the case with Jemo. Before reading the book I knew a bit about Operation Crossroads and the Baker Test but didn't really know all the details so this compelled me to look into the subject further. Having read more about it the book has become even more believable.
The author skillfully used a journal format to fully explore the fear, pain, and confusion these men experienced. It all felt horribly genuine for the listener.
The entire novella was filled with so much emotion that it was almost difficult to listen to at times. And the heartbreaking ending left me tearing up.
The narrator, Daniel Penz, did a fantastic job with the audiobook edition. His excellent performance really showcased the emotions of the sailors and their struggle and made an already moving book heart wrenching for the listener.
I highly recommend this very well done novella. It has truly changed the way I view the subject.
I was looking for inspiration for the coming year and I found it in this lovely book!
Each of the 52 prescriptions is a short little idea followed by suggestions on how to implement it in your life. This format is perfect for those who want a quick hit of inspiration.
My favorite prescriptions were #8 (Give Yourself Permission - It's Okay to Be Human), #21 (Feel the Love - Celebrate the Memory of Someone Special), #51 (Harness the Energy of Intention - Get the Most from Every Experience).
This audiobook edition was read by the authors which was lovely as they really knew the material and their calm, caring voices added an additional layer to each prescription.
I love that most prescriptions are two to three minutes long (all are under five minutes) which makes it easy to listen to the entire book in a single sitting and then revisit each as you desire.
I listened to the entire book at one time to prepare for the coming year and plan to listen to each week's prescription every day for that week. The prescriptions are such short yet powerful nuggets that they'll be perfect to listen to while I'm getting ready in the morning.
I highly recommend this excellent book and I look forward to future releases from the authors.
Vanna Bonta is of the most interesting authors and poets of our times. I don't always get curious about an author of books I love unless the book has a profound effect on me in some way, but sometimes when authors speak there is an arrogance or condescending attitude that is off-putting. Bonta has neither. It's striking how genuine she is and almost vulnerable yet she shares remarkably original brilliance. The interviewer asks good questions and Bonta's answers are illuminating. I feel like I should pay for this interview because it's an invaluable visit with that magic that only real writers and poets command. I mostly find it in visits with old recordings with my favorites. I was enriched listening to this, particularly after appreciating the master storytelling of Bonta's tour de force Flight (a quantum fiction novel). This interview revealed some of the author's thought processes, techniques, use of literary devices, and other artistic regimens. I should also add that the author has a lovely voice that is perfect for audio so the interview was a genuine pleasure to listen to.
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