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Airs Above the Ground Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2004
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As usual, Mary Stewart creates a fine story where intrepid characters move along a lushly described exotic locale. The delineation between good and evil is clearly defined. Like the other Stewart heroines, Charity Selbourne of 'Madame Will You Talk' comes quickly to mind, Vanessa unhesitatingly does the 'right thing.' Although she has the stereotypical loveliness, intelligence, and quick wittedness with a bit of the acerbic tongue of a married woman that makes her narration marvelously fun, she is never obssessed with superficiality like so many more modern 'romance' heroines. But, of course, a Stewart romance is a romance of the most highly literal type; the love scenes are suggested rather than depicted. The narration moves you along as if you were one and the same as the heroine; you breath her air, your heart clenches with terror when hers does, your skin prickles when in the presence of the ethereal and you quickly adopt and share her high value system.Read more ›
There's plenty of action in this one; there's a thrilling moonlit chase over and through a castle, a race with a train, and a parrot who says rude things. There's a circus and a mystery and romance, and horses. As always, Ms. Stewart writes smart, for educated people. Each chapter begins with a classical quotation that relates to its contents, and there are plenty of cultural allusions, like when the charming young man Vanessa is escorting to meet his father in Vienna refers to a circus performer as the 'Hungarian Rhapsody'.
I've been revisiting a lot of the books I read from when I first ventured out of the children's section of the library. Mary Stewart was one of the first 'grown up' authors I discovered and I devoured every one of her books I could find. How disappointed I was to find that not every book was as exciting or as well written as Ms. Stewart's and how thrilled I am to find that they are just as wonderful in 2010 as they were in 1970.
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A re-read from years ago, it's still good, although very BritishPublished 25 days ago by Linda Whortan
Airs Above The Ground is one of my favorite Mary Stewart novels. This time the theme is a mystery set in the Swiss Alps of Austria, against the backdrop of an “airs above ground”... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Baroness of Topaz
Love Mary Stewart, this was my entree novel, the beginning of many really enjoyable reads.Published 5 months ago by Julie Weaver
I love reading Mary Stewart's books. She is a wonderful writer, with so much description of everything she is writing about.Published 10 months ago by Brenda Edwards
Mary Stewart's books are full of intrigue and suspense along with great character development and surprises.Published 14 months ago by reets54