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Learning to Fly: An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and One Amazing Dog
Feb 11, 2013
A huge leap from her last athletic memoir, I found this book engaging and inspiring beginning to end. For climbers familiar with the author and her career arc, this fills out the picture of a very weird public story from a few years ago. As much as I relate to and feel thankful for getting to hear such an intense and personal story, there were a few too many distracting elements going on in the text. The extrapolation to narration ratio was too high for me, and although I loved the messages about fear and risk and balancing independence with vulnerability, they were reiterated to the point of distraction. I had other struggles, but it came down, i think, to a notable lack of the self effacement and good humor that make memoirs shine. It doesn't feel like the author is talking to her best friend. It feels like a slide show being given to an audience of strangers. I wish that a strong ghost writer had been there, to suss out the voice and sculpt the narrative. That said, the temporal transitions are quite graceful and cinematic.
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February 11, 2013 – Shelved