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The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust 

In 1940, Varian Fry - a Harvard-educated American journalist - traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for 13 months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. 

The Flight Portfolio opens at the Chagalls' ancient stone house in Gordes, France, as the novel's hero desperately tries to persuade them of the barbarism and tragedy descending on Europe. Masterfully crafted, exquisitely written, impossible to pause, this is historical fiction of the very first order, and resounding confirmation of Orringer's gifts as a novelist.

©2019 Julia Orringer (P)2019 Recorded Books

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fiction? nonfiction?

I was half way through this novel when I read a review online that noted the fact that the author took great liberties with her character Varian Fry, an historical figure responsible for saving thousands of lives in Vichy France from 1940-41. She gave him a fictional homosexual lover, and killed off a few fictional artists that I originally grieved the loss of, until I learned they had never existed. It's a gripping novel, not a biography, full of cat and mouse rescues and the best forgers in France, but doesn't do Mr. Fry justice by tampering with the facts. Wasn't he heroic enough? Many of the subplots that engage the reader turn out to be fiction and I was ultimately disappointed despite the brilliant narration. Nineteen hours of listening...wore me out.

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Not finishing . . , writing is not good enough

I am fascinated by this story, but halfway through the book I am giving up on it. I loved Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge and was excited about reading this one. I wish she had stuck with the story of the attempts to save Europe's artists and writers. But it's tangled up with a love story that reads like a sub-par romance novel, and the writing is just not good. I'm off to find a nonfiction account of Varian Fry's work.

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Somewhat monotonous.

So disappointed - after her wonderful book Invisible Bridge. The relationship between the men too cloying.

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Another Title

Although I have nothing against homosexual sex, I found the book went on for far too long about an affair and not long enough about the story of saving artists in danger. I was interested in the Jewish. artists who were saved in Europe during WWll . I found the story dragged because the focus was on the Adair. Perhaps it should Have been given another title?

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Wordy and overwrought

I am drawn to stories of WWII and the Nazi and Axis atrocities towards Jews and undesirables. It was a time of incomprehensible inhumanity. The basis of this story is a good one but the extreme focus on Mr. Fry and his homosexual romance took away from the plot, not to mention Mr. Fry’s character whining about his lover. Also too long. I haven’t read any of the author’s prior works and chose it because of the description on Audible of the aforementioned interest I have in Holocaust subject matter but this book’s main attention was given to the romance between Grant and Fry. Not what I wanted.

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Flight Portfolio

This narrator can't help himself from emoting to the point that I can't stand listening to the main character's words and thoughts. He sounds like such a wimp (for lack of a better word)! A gay man doesn't HAVE to sound like this!

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One of the best books ever

Elegantly written, intriguing story with historical frame. I truly loved this book, and rank it amongst my favorites. I loved the author’s earlier novel The Invisible Bridge and found this one even more enthralling. There are some rich scenes throughout the work. The author writes like she is painting in vivid color and you are transported. I hope the next work from Julie Orringer is in the works. I’m waiting anxiously! The narration was also lyrically delivered and I’ll be out looking for something more from him as well. I could listen to that voice forever! Bravo!

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Horrible book

Insulting to the millions who died in WWII. Begging elites like Chagall to leave France when they were so narcissistic they thought
their status would protect them. The whole premise these elites were more deserving of being saved was disgusting. Couldn’t finish this piece of trivial trash. Sorry I wasted a credit on it.

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The Flight Portfolio: Worth Reading

The Flight Portfolio is based on a true story beginning with the main character, Tom Frye , trying unsuccessfully to convince Marc Chagall to leave France as Hitler was already incarcerating Jews. The novel is filled with famous writers along with fictional ones that only enhances the plot. This is both a historical novel as well as a complicated love story. I found the narrator to be excellent which is often the best part of a great Audible book!

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Wartime Heroism

The historic Varian Fry was a hero in the early days of World War II, helping hundreds of intellectuals and Jewish refugees flee Nazi-occupied Europe, mostly to reach the United States, through a crowded office in Marseilles. The fictional Varian Fry in “The Flight Portfolio” is brave and resolute, but he is also naïve and even simpering. This novel, which should have been thrilling, quickly turns dull. An unpersuasive extended gay romance doesn’t help. The author writes well, and the novel is well-constructed and thoughtful. But the eccentric characters are flat, and the real-life plot often seems contrived. An opportunity to dramatize a heroic life seems lost. The narrator was strong, if occasionally too angsty.