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Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
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Dec 29, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in December, 2009

For those thinking of extending a pleasant movie experience, put this book away.

The only thing that kept me from giving this book less than 2 stars were imagining George Clooney as the main character and the ending which somewhat ties things together. Otherwise this book is everything the movie is not - it doesn't put any energy into the main character's career, the main character is not happy, the main character is not mentoring anybody, much less a pleasant and spunky young go-getter. Perhaps one the biggest disappoints in this novel is that the air world is surprisingly bland. The author promises a rich world of the real America and provides clones of the main character. The lead character is barely likable and many others in the book are not.

This is a book for people who are cynical, interested in marketing (the main character looks down on everyone who is 'falling' for marketing), and like books were there is nothing to like about the characters. It also gives a forgotten glimpse of air travel before 911 and cell phones.
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