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Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
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Jun 19, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: library
Recommended to Liz by: some guy on a plane
Recommended for: Douglas Coupland/Chuck Palahniuk fans, frequent-fliers
Read in June, 2008

This book, about a corporate traveler who does career transition counseling and is about to hit 1 million frequent flier miles, came out in July of 2001. Bad luck for Walter Kirn, because a few months later nobody wanted to read books about "Airworld" or the rootless, disconnected-but-hyper-connected airplane lifestyle. They're making it into a movie - Jason Reitman, who directed "Juno," is directing - and I hope it finds an audience this time.

In fact, I think I'd like it better as a movie. It was a fast read, and I'm not sorry I read it, but it didn't really blow me away. It rarely hit the social satire quite hard enough, and aside from a few spots here and there, lacked the emotional depth to give it more meaning. I saw what the ending was going for, and it would have worked better if I'd built up more empathy for the main character. While I was reading it I kept trying to figure out what author I was reminded of - I think the closest bet is Douglas Coupland, but with a less effective use of emotion.

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message 1: by Ryan (new)

Ryan God, I picked up this book for some reason. I think I read a short story of Kirn's that I liked--but I decided to read Up in the Air during a business flight. Big mistake. Nothing worse than reading about what you're actually in the process of doing. Don't know what I was thinking. Very likely I wasn't.

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