A woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence. He retu ...more
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There’s a lot of turbulence in the lives of the characters in this collection of connected stories, not just the turbulence in the plane ride in the first chapter. The stories are too short for me to have felt any emotional connection to any of the characters, but the emotions and issues touched on here were recognizable and in some cases relatable, if that makes any sense. This is a skillfully written book with each story usually about two main characters, followed by another sto ...more
The author did a good job of circling us to a co ...more
If I find it - I’ll post it later.
This thin book was totally enjoyable to me- I was so curious of where it was going to go ... I loved the snapshots of peoples lives.
Ha... if I sit next to on the plane -I just might be that annoying passenger who wants to hear all about you.
What stands out as a clear message to me is:
“we don’t need to know a person very long to feel connected to them”.
Brilliantly clever book!!!
The world really is a village, a concept brought home in this slim volume. There are 12 chapters, each featuring a different person who is traveling on a flight to a different city. Their stories overlap, with each character suffering a crises and somehow connected to a character in the previous chapter. By the end, the reader has traversed the globe and the story comes full circle.
What a brilliant structure for a book and a beautiful example of the interconnectedness of all of humani ...more
Turbulence offers a peek into these 12 lives through very short chapters. I often struggle with enjoying short stories but what I really liked about this book was the progression from one character’s story to the next — It just flowed. I also enjoyed the conclusion.
"With small tinkling noises, like tiny scratches on the underlying roar, a trolley was approaching in the aisle."
"She felt the vodka work on her. The tightly packed fabric of the world seemed to loosen."
"What she hated about even mild turbulence was the way it ended the illusion of security, the way that it made it impossible to pretend that she was somewhere safe." ...more
The dozen chapters each introduce a character with a link to the previous and while the stories are minimal, the glimpses into humanity are revealing. Starting on a flight from London to Madrid then traveling to numerous cities before coming full circle with the final chapter, Szalay manages to upend your perception of each character as they move from secondary player in a story to the title role in th ...more
LHR-LAX: The winner of the Booker Prize that year was “Sellout” – a novel set in Los Angeles and which has been criticised as an attempt at stand up comedy masquerading as a novel.
These men and women are linked as parents and children, as lovers or the spurned, as siblin ...more
Szalay's Turbulence is a sort-of hyperlink story (or reminiscent of Robert Altman's signature ensemble films, like Nashville or Short Cuts) in which the reader jumps from one character to the next, and the initially murky connections sooner or later become clear. Admittedly, this high concept id ...more
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a quick, pleasurable, very intelligent, sad & funny read - highly recommended!
But really, beyond this parlor trick, it's hard to invest in glimpses so brief. And unlike, say, the vignettes in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, the writing is not special. In Cisneros' case, the book is rich in figurative language, as much poetry as prose ...more
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go" - John Denver
Turbulence is a group of situational vignettes, each story grabbing the hand of the preceding one through a common character, until at last the book circles round back to the first. The stories span the globe, as one person in each flies to another country to weather bits of the human turbulence we exp ...more
My review is up on my Youtube channel: Turbulence Review
Loved it!! Such an beautiful display of humanity, how we in emotional situations are most vulnerable and open to others! Such a great read! This is going on my crushing pile of books to review on my Youtube channel!! :D
A sincere thank you to Scribner for sending over this book! I know I say this all the time, but I LOVE short stories!!! :D
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Another offering by an author who is very talented but has probably been pushed into publication with 'something' to keep their publisher happy. ...more
What she hated about even mild turbulence was the way it ended the illusion of security, the way that it made it impossible to pretend that she was somewhere safe. She managed, thanks to the vodka, more or less to ignore the first wobble. The next was less easy to ignore, and the one after that was violent enough to throw her neighbour's Coke into his lap. And then the pilot's voice, suddenly there again, and saying, in a tone of terrifying seriousness, “Cabin crew, take your seats.”
I read D ...more
It was a great setup, but since this book was novella-length, I felt like I didn't have enough time to get to know any of the characters. A lot of them were going through big things, but you only spent a few pages with each of them. Every time I would start to get invested, the focus would switch to someone else. ...more
He was born in Canada, moved to the UK the following year and has lived there ever since. He studied at Oxford University and has written a number of radio dramas for the BBC.
He won the Betty Trask Award for his first novel, London and the South-East, along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Since then he has written two other ...more