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I was Amelia Earhart
Jane Mendelsohn
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I was Amelia Earhart

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"This is the story of what happened to me when I died. It's also the story of my life. Destiny, the alchemy of fate and luck. I think about it sometimes, under a radiant sun...

"Today when I think of my former life, I think of it as a dream. In the dream I am another person. In the dream I am the most famous aviatrix of my day, a heroine. I am Amelia Earhart."

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Published 2007 (first published 1996)
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Mendelsohn uses shifts in POV to create alternative realities for the title character in I Was Amelia Earhart . Ostensibly, I Was Amelia Earhart is about what happens to Amelia after her fateful plane crash, but implicit in the story is the question of whether the internal or the external world is more real.
Through her choice of words and syntax, description, rhythm and beat, Mendelsohn creates shifts in perspective. The more subtle shift in perspective is juxtaposed on top of a more obvio
Jul 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flying
What I learned from this book is that floral adjectives, poignant use of white space, and a voice that maintains the same sentimental register throughout do not make for a compelling read. While the beginning was promising (I crave stories about daredevils, aviatrices, and the Depression era), it quickly devolved into a tedious, romanticized account of Earhart's fictional life on a desert island. At first I was wary about the voice, which seemed drunk on its own elegiac and pseudo-profound metap ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. Really gorgeous prose. The What and the Why are definitely secondary to the How in this one. I can see why some people might think there is something lacking in plot or character development, but I think there's just enough for the lack not to matter in the context of how glorious it is just to dwell in Mendelsohn's moments.
Richard Derus
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book Report: The speculation about what really happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in 1937 has always been pretty durned feverish. This récit, can't really call it a novel because nothing happens and it's all a narrative inside the character's head, purports to be the internal monologue and reported dialogue with Noonan of Earhart herself as she takes off on her fateful round-the-world trip, gets lost, and then...well, it's the "and then" that's this story. It's a lovely thing, like m ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilman Helmet-lukuhaasteetta ja etenkin kohtaa 23 (oman alansa pioneerinaisesta kertova kirja) en olisi tullut lukeneeksi tätä Jane Mandelsohnin teosta Minä olin Amelia Earhart. Aihe siinä on vallan kiinnostava, sillä ovathan naislentäjät edelleen aika harvinainen näky. En olisi tiennyt teoksesta ilman lukuhaasteeseen jaettuja vinkkejä.

Kiinnostavaksi teoksen tekee se, että Amelia Earhat katosi yrittäessään lentää maapallon ympäri kaksimoottorisella Lockheed Electralla ja Mendelsohn on ottanut tä
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pieni suuri elämäkertateos, joka on lähes täysin fiktiivinen. Mendelsohn kertoo oman versionsa siitä, mitä Amelia Earhartille tapahtui maailmanympärilennolla tapahtuneen koneen edelleen selvittämättömän katoamisen jälkeen. Kerronta on utuista, aurinko leikkii Electran siivillä ja tunnelma on viehättävä. Elämäkerta minun makuuni.
Just arrived from Japan through BM.

What if Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan would survive in some lost island in the middle of nowhere?

Perhaps it's an excess of imagination of the author but this was not able to convince any reader about this very improbable story.
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Was Amelia Earhart is a slim little novella, but the writing style is so dreamlike and interesting that it really made me slow down and savor each word. Mendelsohn's writing is beautiful and spare, with no words wasted.

Written from Amelia's perspective, this book tells the story of Earhart's final flight and what transpires after her crash landing on a remote island. It's pretty fascinating to see what this author imagines was inside Earhart's head and what she experienced after her disappeara
Jul 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Compelling, poetic book. There's an intentionally ethereal, vague quality to narrative as it starts, but as the story unfolds, the early pieces come into focus. I didn't know what to make of it at first, but was very much drawn in as the character deepened and emerged. Lovely.
It’s not often that I stick with a book I’ve started once I find out I really don’t like it. But even though that was the case I kept reading this one because it was so short (a scant 145 pages each of which contained a fair amount of white space) and I was interested in finding out more about Amelia Earhart. I would have been much better off looking for a decent biography because this book was more fiction than fact. Granted, there has always been a great deal of speculation about what happened ...more
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Jane Mendelsohn was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Yale.

She is the author of three novels: the best-selling I Was Amelia Earhart, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Innocence, and American Music. Published to wide acclaim by Knopf in 2010, American Music is now out in paperback from Vintage.

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