Dear American Airlines
Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter’s wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O’Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie do...more
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i. It was mercifully short.
ii. It wasn't quite dreadful enough to go on the 'utter dreck' shelf, though its brevity may have been a key mitigating factor.
Although it didn't quite make the 'utter dreck' cut, it was an overhyped, forgettable waste of time. One of those books where, when I read the glowing reviews it has garnered from others, I feel that maybe I live in a parallel universe. I...more
Everyone was ballyhooing this book upon its publication.
So I plunked down for a nice hardcover addition.
Everyone knows the concept: one-time drunk, has-been poet, current translator rehashes his life story in a long, long, l-o-n-g letter of complaint to the air carrier that's left him stranded in O'Hare, missing his estranged daughter's wedding/commitment ceremony.
Execution is fine and funny. Writer Jonathan Miles has a fine ear for a comic phr...more
Whether one loves or hates this protogonist, or loves or hates this book, (the nature of the beast of this book is that doesn't seem to leave much middle ground as far readerly relationships go), no one can deny Miles can flat-out write, he can write sentences, so well that his honor the craft of literatu...more
I couldn't tell if the author himself is a bitter man (he doesn't look all that bitter on the book jacket) o...more
It's the kind of book that you can't bear to take back to the library 'cause you love it sooooo much...and when you decide you're going to copy down all the great passages, you end up copying most of the book :)
The novel's conceit--life story within a complaint letter to American Airlines. All the complaints were spot on and really depict the indignity of modern air travel perfectly.
The ending. No spoilers for me, but if this novel had ended any differently, I would have been writing a complaint letter.
The novel's protagonist is one of those 20th century characters I recently complained about on the blog (http://kidslitinformation.blogspot.co...). Alcohol problem: check. Estranged from...more
Shortly before I left New Orleans, I was fooling around with an equally alky divorcée named Sandra (...more
Every critic was at first skeptical of this epistolary "gimmick novel" about a self-pitying, if lovable, loser, but by the end, all agreed that "the concept works beautifully" (Los Angeles Times). Miles's effort produced an intelligent, playful, and, above all, moving story full of humor and well-written digressions. Bennie is a remarkably flawed but sympathetic man, and though his hilarious asides may not always advance the storyline, they certainly contribute to the fun. The only point of cont...more
Benny, the main character, is stranded at O'Hare airport and as a result will miss is daughter's committment ceremony. While it is a story reflecting his anger at the current state of the airline industry, it is also a story of missed chances and life mistakes.
Benny- a middle aged man- has lots of time to reflect on his past and current life while...more
Benjamin Ford, a fifty-three year old ex-poet turned translator, is stuck at Chicago’s O’Hare airport alongside hundreds of passengers. Infuriated by the Chicago airport system, their inability to disclose further information on the imperceptible unfavorable weather that cancelled hi...more
Benjamin Ford is trying to get to his daughter's wedding in California when he finds himself stranded at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. He is composing an angry letter to American Airlines that takes the form of an autobiographical assessment of his own life. Benjamin has been a lush, drinking all day and all night until fairly rece...more
The story takes you through the superficial aspects of modern travel into the deeper territory such as loneliness, family, personal anguish and relationships, to name a few.
During the narrative the main character quotes from a book he is reading and although I found this somewhat distracting during the first part of the book, I began to look f...more
Here's the gist of it. The book is a novel written in the form of a rant. There is this one middle-aged man, Benjamin Ford, who is flying from New York City to Los Angeles, and he has a forty-five minute lay-over in Chicago. However, due to weather reasons, his flight got delayed, and he is now stranded in the Chicago O'Hare International A...more
So the concept of the novel is that a simpering literature translator is trapped in Chicago's O'Hare airport by American Airlines, who, he claims, is ignoring the beautiful weather outside to ruin his life. What starts as a blistering rebuke to AA (coincidentally the same initials as Alcoho...more
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Dear American Airlines
By Jonathan Miles
Miles, who writes about books for Men’s Journal and serves as cocktai...more
Dear American Airlines is a long (very long) complaint letter to AA from middle aged Bennie Ford. He, and thousdands of others, is grounded at O’Hare rather from his New York to Los Angles flight Actually, his plane landed in Peoria and he was bused to Chicago. The alleged reason for grounding is bad weather...more