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Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
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Feb 26, 2012

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bookshelves: 50-books-a-year-2012, audio-book
Read in February, 2012

Mmmm.... I listened to this book on CD in the car and maybe it was because it was an audio book or maybe it's because I'm unsophisticated but there were a lot of parts where he lost me. I wasn't sure who was saying what at some points, I couldn't quite understand what the main character was running to or running from. Did he enjoy the rat race and was running for higher status in it or was he running away from it? He was focused on making a certain number of flying miles but I was never sure why or what that exactly represented to him. Did it mean he "won" and "beat the man" or what? I enjoyed how the character talked about the true meaning of why businesses do what - how they twist things to look like they are being generous when it's really them making more money, etc. I liked how a lot of the story was about how full of bullshit a lot of business people are.

The writing style was interesting but almost came off as condescending at times though not in a way I minded,it matched the character. You were never sure if the character was a condescending business creep or a normal guy underneath who was wise enough to rise above it. Anyways, main point, the story confused me. As does mine own review here. Did I like it or not? GAH! I'm getting away from this book....
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