Taking Flight Kindle Edition
|Length: 291 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
- Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
- File size : 13029 KB
- Publication date : September 13, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B015D6EYYS
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #647,629 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I don't remember the last book I read that impacted me as much as 'Taking Flight'and I am a voracious reader. I could not put this one down! It is one of those novels that you are not likely to forget, crossing all generational boundaries. I promise it will 'stay with you', haunting, disquieting and renewing.
It is hard to imagine that this is the first novel from this wonderful author. Where have you been all this time Mr. Magnuson?? I look forward to more of his writings. Do not miss this book!!
I think it was poignant that these characters were imperfect. How many of us truly are? Rather than criticize their faults within the story, I got to see and better understand why some people behave the way they do and form dysfunctional relationships. I thought that the flow from one person to the next was perfectly orchestrated. Each character came to life on the page and drew me into the story. This book had such an original and informative plot, as well, as it weaved each of the characters, events, descriptive settings and the hobby of birding together while giving us an insider’s (and loved one’s) experience of someone coping with Alzheimer’s.
I really felt the special bond that developed between Harry and Jay...
This reading was a true to life heart-warming experience with both laughter and tears but in a good way. It has a little of everything for anyone who can appreciate clean (without offensive language, violence or sex) writing in its best art form…one for the classics, I’d say.
Birding has not been an interest of mine, but I still enjoyed those passages, and saw the meanings in and purposes of those; including as a binding tie between the two main characters.
It was the passages of the two main characters - and their growing relationship - that interested me the most. Sometimes I felt like the passages of other characters were too verbose and didn't really provide any more actually needed detail about the characters - possibly because some of the characters had already been established enough as a bit over-the-top.
But the book was moving and interesting. It dealt very well with issues such as teenage angst and maturation, Alzheimer's, regrets, and relationships. Since I have been and am close to people afflicted with Alzheimer's and dementia I found the descriptions related to this very interesting. And many teens and parents of teens have struggled from time to time with attitudes, actions, and experiences that sometimes seem to provide a great chasm of divide between the two, and yet sometimes, an unbreakable bond. These were shown very well in the book.
Top reviews from other countries
Jay 'loses' his mother at the airport and he and Harry set of on an adventure of a lifetime for them both..Harry has dementia, though he does have periods of lucidity enough to enable him to find old friends and eventually borrow a camper van to continue their trip -trying to get back to Seattle where they both live. This lovely story explores their blossoming friendship where they care for each other against the outside world until an accident in the van reunites both husband and wife and son and parents. What happens next I will leave others to read, but I strongly recommend this unusual story - it is one that stays in the mind for along time.
Harry’s wife is fighting her step-son in order to find Harry safe and sound and prevent Oliver from finding any more excuses to put his father in a dementia home. And once Jeremy’s parent’s realise they’ve been ‘had,’ they begin a hopeless, scatter-brained mission to track down their son.
There’s a slightly farcical element to this tale in that some of the plotting felt a little contrived here and there. And I admit to some gnashing of the teeth as to the selfish character motivation from Jeremy’s dysfunctional parents. Some of it felt a little far-fetched. And yet… these people exist. And these characters and their lifestyle choices make for a good contrast in highlighting the tenderness of the developing relationship between Jeremy and Harry, and underpinned Jeremy’s refusal to toe the line and behave as he did. The earthiness of some of the other cast members such as Grace, and Abbey, added colour, realism, and depth. At no time did this novel lapse into cheesiness or become sentimental. It’s a touching, humorous, insightful, and original story, and I enjoyed the road trip. Don’t be put off by the bland cover.
There’s something rather winsome and gentle about this book. The development of the relationship between Jeremy and Harry is delightful. It is fascinating to glimpse inside Jeremy’s teenage brain. More challenging is seeing inside Harry’s brain, which is so sharp one moment, and muddled by mid-stage Alzheimer’s the next. Their thoughts and conversations are both amusing and moving. As the story progresses, the reader becomes more and more involved, rooting for a happy and safe ending for both of them.
Jeremy’s dysfunctional parents and Harry’s friends and family bring another dimension to the story and generate a strong sense of these two ‘innocents’ being hunted down, which also links rather well to the bird-spotting storyline. Spotting birds is not a hobby that appeals to me at all, but somehow the author has made me appreciate the love the characters have for it.