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Bride Flight

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  37 reviews
It is 1953, and the last great transcontinental air race from London to Christchurch is about to begin, but even before the KLM plane has left the runway, it has already become famous as the “bride flight” for its cargo of brides-to-be flying out to join their fiances on the other side of the world.



Among them are Ada, Marjorie and Esther, who all have their own reasons for
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Portobello Books (first published 2007)
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Kathryn
It begins with a plane race in 1953, one plane brought with it the brides from the Netherlands to join their fiances. I was a little young to remember this, but I asked some one a little older about this and he remembered it straight away. What fascinated me was that it was completed non stop for the travellers, the plane did stop for refuelling but as far as I remember the passengers only got off once for a 30 minute stretch and also a brief stop in Australia. If you have flown non stop from Ne ...more
Marion
I saw the movie first and then found the book, a good read.
Esme
Marieke van der Pols "Bruidsvlucht" ("„Brautflug") ist ein Roman über die Liebe, das Vergessen, das Scheitern an zu hoch gesteckten Träumen und Lebenszielen und die Suche nach Vergebung und Vergessen und dies ganz wunderbar in sprachliche Eleganz gekleidet.

Frank de Rooy ist tot. Drei Frauen reisen zu seiner Beerdigung, für jede von ihnen ist das Abschiednehmen mit einer Reise in die Vergangenheit, in die Erinnerungen verbunden, jede der drei glaubt, in dieser Geste etwas Wichtiges wiederzufinden
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Mindy
A much more detailed view into the lives of three women and one mysterious cowboy. Found the comparison of youth to old age very compelling and of course, the young women beneath the old women were still alive and well. It was interesting to unravel odd behaviour to its source. Felt so badly for Frank. Also felt Ada came a long way, but not far enough. Poor Frank! Also, Marjorie still came across pretty insane despite her history. Esther I could understand, but Marjorie? I'm surprised with all ...more
Sarah Pritchett
Being a New Zealander I really enjoyed reading the fictional impression NZ had on the Dutch migrants in this book. Astute observations such as kiwi's obsession with "homemade" baking, which still generally exists today, made me laugh - especially when just recently I found myself saying that a bought carrot cake at a work do was "almost as good as homemade". Sadly the observations about the lack of life in ChCh is still true today - even more so after the earthquakes. But one thing that's change ...more
Karolien
Als drie Nederlandse dames met hun verloofde naar Australië willen emigreren krijgen ze de kans om mee te doen aan een Air Race.
Het wordt een vliegtuigrit om nooit te vergeten, nieuwe vriendschappen worden gemaakt, er heerst een opgewonden sfeer...

Tijdens deze tocht worden ze in de schijnwerpers gezet door de pers die deze race ziet als een prima publiciteit voor de luchtvaart.

In Nieuw-Zeeland wacht de dames de verassing van hun leven, het is er zo anders dan in Nederland. Ze moeten wennen aan e
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Chris
ROMANTIC. Loved the characters and story. It's the Dutch version of the NOTEBOOK.
Momocko
Brautflug von Marieke van der Pol ist ein Roman der viele Stränge aufweist. Er beschreibt das Leben dreier Frauen aus den Niederlanden, die mit einem Flugzeug nach Neuseeland auswandern. Diese lernen auf dem Flug alle einen jungen Mann kennen, der ihr ganzes bisheriges Leben auf den Kopf stellt...

Ich hatte das Buch schon vor ein paar Jahren bekommen und angefangen, jedoch sehr selten gelesen. Dies führte dazu, dass ich die verworrenen Einzelgeschichten nicht verstanden habe.
Dieses mal jedoch hat
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Siria
Van der Pol uses the real life story of the last great continental air race, which took place from London to New Zealand in 1953, as the jumping off point for Bride Flight. It tells the story of three women who left post-war Holland for various reasons, all seeking new lives and (supposedly) planning to meet up with their respective fiancés in Christchurch. I found the story quite fluid and absorbing, though it did drag a little towards the end as some emotional climaxes or reveals were left for ...more
Carolin
Esthers, Adas und Marjories Lebensweg ist verflochten seit einem Ereignis, das die ganze Welt verfolgte: das Flugrennen von London nach Neuseeland. Sie alle erwartet eine Verlobung, eine geplante Verlobung oder eine Ehe im neuen Leben und sie alle hoffen, ihre Vergangenheit in den Niederlanden zurückzulassen. Geheimnisvolles Bindeglied zwischen den jungen Frauen, die sich vorher nie gesehen haben, ist Frank - ein junger Auswanderer, der ebenfalls im Flugzeug sitzt. Doch so rosig, wie sie es sich ...more
Lisi
Der Roman „Brautflug“ von Marieke van der Pol, handelt von 3 Frauen, die zur Beerdigung von Frank de Rooy reisen, der vor kurzem gestorben ist. Für jede von ihnen beginnt mit dieser Reise eine Reise in die eigene Vergangenheit, die nicht nur mit angenehmen Erinnerungen verbunden ist. Es ist eine wichtige Reise, sie sind alle drei der Meinung, dass gerade ihre Anwesenheit bei der Beerdigung von besonderer Bedeutung ist.

Es geht um 3 Frauen, die auswandern, um ein besseres Leben zu beginnen. Marjor
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Anne-Marie van den Bosch
Gelukkig had ik de originele kaft allang gezien, want toen ik de filmeditie van het boek met deze afgebeelde kaft in handen kreeg bekroop mij een enorm Titanic gevoel; meestal niet helemaal mijn ding. Gestart en de kennismaking met de dames gedurende de hele bruidsvlucht (gaaf gegeven trouwens waarop het gestoeld is) was intrigerend.
Totdat de truck afsloeg.

Het leest enorm makkelijk weg, en net als bij Anna, Hanna en Johanna verdween ik(vooraf excuus, ik weet dat ik onbeleefd ga klinken) in deze
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Mike
This book is by a Dutch author, written in Dutch and first published in 2007. The English translation seems quite serviceable. I first became aware of the story by seeing the motion picture adaptation, which was a Dutch film with the spoken dialogue in Dutch, so watching with subtitles was necessary. The story takes place in New Zealand, and the movie (which I highly recommend seeing) was filmed there --- a lot of the outdoor scenery in it is breathtakingly stunning. I was impressed with the fil ...more
Zara
Mich hat das Buch nicht ganz so sehr begeistert.
Ich glaube mein Problem war, dass ich nicht so gerne über Frauenschicksale lese. Ich hatte eigentlich einen "Liebesroman" erwartet.

Die Charaktere haben mir sehr gut gefallen. Besonders Ada und Marjorie fand ich toll. Mit Esther war ich fast nie auf einer Wellenlänge, aber ich fand sie als Person sehr interessant. So ungern ich eigentlich über Frauenschicksale lese, umso mehr hat es mich überrascht, dass mir die Protagonisten doch so ans Herz gewa
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Rock Angel
Superb acting in the 2007 movie. If the book is nearly as good, it'd be literature.

Trivia: they wrote the book after the movie?
Lesley
First I must comment that the original book was in Dutch so I read the translated English version! This is a love story of three women who befriend a charming man name Frank and how the rest of their lives unfold from that meeting. The women come together at Frank's funeral. The story holds a secret pact, love and choices that seem impossible to have to choose. A wonderfully rich detailed story and delight to read! I gave five stars because I truly liked this story and and the characters, and th ...more
Meg
I saw the movie version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I went in search of the book.

The story is of three women that take the first flight from Amesterdam to New Zealand...and tells how their stories (along with Frank, a man with them on the trip) interlock and how they travel in and out of each other's lives until Frank's funeral (the beginning of the book).

I really enjoyed the book and the writing. I learned a lot about a migration of people that I had never heard about in the pa
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Erik
[Dutch]
Oktober 1953, Londen. Een DC-6A van KLM staat klaar voor een race tegen de klok. In de handicapsectie, een race met verschillende types vliegtuigen, zal deze 'vliegende Hollander' proberen de laatste grote luchtrace op z'n naam te schrijven. 37 uur en 30 minuten later is het een feit: het KLM vliegtuig heeft de strijd gewonnen en de 26 meevliegende bruidjes worden juichend ontvangen in hun nieuwe thuisland Nieuw-Zeeland.

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Vicki
I found the background story of a group of young Dutch girls emigrating to New Zealand as part of a transcontinental air race in the 1950s really fascinating. Unfortunately I did not find the story itself so much fascinating as depressing and the characters mostly unlikeable or irritating. Disappointing.

Also, I found it difficult to overlook the fact that it contains not a single apostrophe (I kid you not!) and many of the sentences run into each other with missing punctuation, although this may
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Gillian
A saga through the lives of three women and one man who linked them all. Not my usual type of book but I enjoyed the story.
Geert Van
Grappig hoe de omgeving waar je een boek aan het lezen bent, van invloed kan zijn op de waardering ervan. Bruidsvlucht gelezen in Nieuw-Zeeland en nast de herkenning van de plaatsen, viel me op hoe ik de hoofdpersonen ging zoeken in het straatbeeld. En ja hoor... Ada, Esther en Marjorie lopen gewoon rond daar aan de andere kant van de wereld, een verdienste van de schrijfster. Het verhaal is vlot verteld al zijn de nuances in de personages ver te zoeken. Wel genoten.
Lisa G.
Enjoyed it very much! Took me a bit to get into it but I am glad I did. Greta characters and I luv how Frank is the common denominator. These women are of great strength and character and it was a real pleasure to get to know them :)
Sara
I watched this movie a while back and enjoyed it, so I wanted to read the book. I thought the book was a little bit richer than the movie, giving more backstory to the characters. And it made more sense how connected they really were. How Frank really changed each of their lives in such profound ways... which wasn't as apparent in the movie. Great read.
Amber
I saw the movie before I had heard of the book, but checked it out immediately, and wow. The movie and book are both crazy good. It's one of those love stories that just catches you and keeps you turning the pages to see how it's going to end.... even though you already saw the movie and know good and well how it ends...
Barb
Because of the title of the book, I thought the book would be not be good, wrong, it was very good. It is about 3 girls on a flight from Amsterdam to New Zealand to get married. And they were sitting with Frank, a handsome man who is going there to buy a farm. The 3 girls get together after years for Frank's funeral.
Lies
Ik vind het boek mooier dan de film, ook al is het script door de auteur zelf geschreven. Een origineel onderwerp, vernuftig in elkaar gevlochten waardoor je constant door tijd en emoties reist.
Caroline Turnock
I enjoyed the book better than the movie....I was much more able to get into the characters. Very descriptive and the insight into life for the Dutch Immigrants in NZ was really interesting.
Rebecca
A solid story with plot twists the reader cannot foresee. Not a deep read, nor an intellectual storyline, but enjoyable and well-written.
Melissa Fordyce
While I enjoyed the first part of this book, it started to drag towards the end. Despite that, it was an interesting and poignant read.
Amine Emrem
in het nederlands gelezen maar niet gevonden op goodreads in het nederlands ik vond het niet zo een goed boek eigenlijk
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