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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 the first passenger, on page 8Szalay 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 idWhat 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 the first passenger, on page 8Szalay 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 idea or hook featuring twelve airline passengers or, in one story, a pilot traveling to various cities all around the globe, experiencing various forms of emotional turbulence in their disparate lives made the book sound like a must read However, some of the short stories ended too soon and or just as they got interesting, or were not particularly memorable Still, at times the book serves as one of those gentle reminders about the stock phrase be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle A daisy chain of stories that even this non fan of short stories found entirely absorbingThe 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 thA daisy chain of stories that even this non fan of short stories found entirely absorbingThe 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 the next It s a noteworthy feat and one that made me put down this short book quite a few times to marvel at the author s craft.While I was pulled in by the clever structure, it s the simplicity of the prose and this writer s imagination that kept me turning the pages Highly recommended for fans of short stories and anyone who likes sharply written narratives with relevance Thanks to Angela s review and my ARC Fairy Amy for the chance to read this author s work I ve put his book, All That Man Is, on my list to read. I wrote a review lost it not going to worry about 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 3.5 stars 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 3.5 stars 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 humanity Despite our differences every life has its shares of turbulence The stories are so brief there isn t much character development, but they give us a glimpse into these 12 lives and provides us with food for thought I found this story short and strange in a nutshell Perhaps someone else will find something different 2 of 10 stars BDP LHR David Szalay, who lives in Budapest, was shortlisted for the London based 2014 Booker prize for his book All That Man Is a collection of short stories, examining the crisis of masculinity, and which the judges felt to be eligible as a novel and fulfilling the unified and substantive work criteria.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.LAX TLV BDP LHR David Szalay, who lives in Budapest, was shortlisted for the London based 2014 Booker prize for his book All That Man Is a collection of short stories, examining the crisis of masculinity, and which the judges felt to be eligible as a novel and fulfilling the unified and substantive work criteria.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.LAX TLV A few months later, the 2017 Man Booker International Prize was won by David Grossman for A Horse Walks into a Bar a novel about a stand up comedian, giving a routine in portentous circumstances, in a small Israeli costal town.TLV DBV The Man Booker International Prize was won this year by Olga Tokarczuk for Flights which among much, much else both good and bad including a vignette on a Croatian Island, was a linked collection of vignettes, with a focus on travel, particularly 21st Century air travel.DVB LHR A little like Turbulence by David Szalay Turbulence has proven to be an interesting concept, well executed While I did not find that every story had identical power, most made me think afterward or caused me to consider something in my own life This collection of linked stories takes an unusual point for connection characters either meet while traveling by plane or meet a character from one story who has traveled to the next destination story.These men and women are linked as parents and children, as lovers or the spurned, as siblin Turbulence has proven to be an interesting concept, well executed While I did not find that every story had identical power, most made me think afterward or caused me to consider something in my own life This collection of linked stories takes an unusual point for connection characters either meet while traveling by plane or meet a character from one story who has traveled to the next destination story.These men and women are linked as parents and children, as lovers or the spurned, as siblings, as bosses and employees, as friends, etc The stories relate sadness, fear, hopefulness, tragedy, secrets, much of the gamut of the human condition Some of the tales really drew me in emotionally and I was sorry these ended so quickly Turbulence is a quick read, definitely a one day book unless you spread it out as I did It moves at the pace of modern life I d say, with a population on the move across countries and continents, with families and friends widely separated often seeing each other infrequently TheI think about it, theI see in this book Recommended.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review Szalay s twelve short vignettes circle the globe and feature people that are experiencing some turbulence in their lives The chapters cite international airport codes, so LGW MAD covers a flight from London to Madrid This flight actually does suffer severe turbulence and causes a woman to fall ill while sitting next to a man from Senegal The next chapter follows the Senegalese man to Dakar where he learns that his son has been hit by a taxi The narrative baton then moves to the man riding in Szalay s twelve short vignettes circle the globe and feature people that are experiencing some turbulence in their lives The chapters cite international airport codes, so LGW MAD covers a flight from London to Madrid This flight actually does suffer severe turbulence and causes a woman to fall ill while sitting next to a man from Senegal The next chapter follows the Senegalese man to Dakar where he learns that his son has been hit by a taxi The narrative baton then moves to the man riding in the taxi on his way to the airport to pilot a plane to Sao Paulo And so it goes until we are back in London once again Amazingly, Szalay captures the essence of these people s lives in just a few pages I wasn t sure how I would like a book had us meeting people for only a short time, before sending us off with another person for a short time, over and over again But I really liked this book despite not getting to knowabout each person and what would happen in their life after our brief meeting I became so used to the structure of the book that I didn t want it to be over and wondered how I would feel when we d come to end of our journey The author did a good job of circling us to a co I wasn t sure how I would like a book had us meeting people for only a short time, before sending us off with another person for a short time, over and over again But I really liked this book despite not getting to knowabout each person and what would happen in their life after our brief meeting I became so used to the structure of the book that I didn t want it to be over and wondered how I would feel when we d come to end of our journey The author did a good job of circling us to a conclusion that I felt gave me closure, despite there not being a real ending to the story It continues on, with some likeable characters and some unlikeable characters, giving us just a glimpse into the life of each traveler I plan to read the author s earlier book, All That is Man because I enjoyed how he dealt with the characters in this book, so much Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for this ARC ^E-PUB ⇰ Turbulence ✙ From the acclaimed, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of All That Man Is, a stunning, virtuosic novel about twelve people, mostly strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the worldA woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence He returns home to tragic news that has also impacted another stranger, a shaken pilot on his way to another continent who seeks comfort from a journalist he meets that night Her life shifts subtly as well, before she heads to the airport on an assignment that will shift lives in turnIn this wondrous, profoundly moving novel, Szalay s diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the nextWritten with magic and economy and beautifully exploring the delicate, crisscrossed nature of relationships today, Turbulence is a dazzling portrait of the interconnectedness of the modern world