Natural Flights of the Human Mind
"Peter Straker lives in a disused lighthouse on the Devon coast, his routines dictated by the sea and weather, with two cats for company and no neighbours. He speaks to no one - except in his dreams. There he converses with some of the seventy-eight people he believes he killed twenty-four years ago. If only he could remember exactly what happened." "But ...more
I got this to read because I'd likes Morrall's first book Astonishing Splashes of Colour a lot. I didn't have a clue what it was about and didn't read the back cover or the flyleaf or the reviews or anything like that. I just started reading and let the story slowly unfold. And it was great that way.
So I'm not going to say anything about the story, except that it's got a lighthouse in it which you can infer from the picture on the cover, and lighthouses are always a good thing, aren't they? The...more
These are just some questions tackled in the book. It's a story about redemption, forgiveness, and the unlikely people you meet that help you bring back together the pieces of your life.
This book was a pleasant surprise for me, considering I only bought this book because it was really really cheap, and I bought it so I wouldn't be embarrassed at not buying a book in a bo ...more
Natural Flights of the Human Mind is an original story about two outsiders who are brought together by circumstance and who, unknowingly, help each other to come to terms ...more
The main characters are Peter Straker, a man who twenty-five years earlier crashed his light plane into a train, causing the death of 78 people, and Imogen Doody, a school caretaker with a chip on her shoulder. Peter lives in a lighthouse, ‘Doody’ inherits a nearby cottage. Their meeting and later discovery of an old Tiger Moth in a disused hangar move the story for ...more
I like the fact that it's a friendship between people who seem completely opposite from each other. Both people seem to be struggling with their own problems but when they meet a friendship blossoms.
this is a book which struggles with a persons problems and how one strives for forgiveness.
Also full of well-drawn characters -- a main character did seem way too obtuse and unfeeling at a couple of crucial times, but that's a minor quibb ...more
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Good yarn though and I loved the that the story involved the old aircraft aspect.
I do feel that some of the 'reflective' internal monologues got a little repetitive, but I'm not going to mark her down for this. One, it certainly captured the character's inability to get out of his rut, and two, it's still a stellar read.
A good book with a good story and very involving.
Sometimes something bad happens in our life and we almost stop living. That is what happened to Straker. And then a chance meeting changes everything. Doody also has a past and is filled with mistrust and hate. Sometimes we enter people's lives for a reason and change them forever.
This book was a pleasure to read. No loose ends and a happy ending.
I picked this up blind from the library, based on the back cover blurb, and was delighted.