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Flights – tekijä: Olga Tokarczuk
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Flights (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Olga Tokarczuk (Tekijä), Jennifer Croft (Kääntäjä)

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A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller's answer.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Flights
Kirjailijat:Olga Tokarczuk (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Jennifer Croft (Kääntäjä)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 416 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Flights (2007) by Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk may have won the Booker Prize in 2018 but just felt like a never-ending book. Thankfully, it had an end after all.

It’s been a while since I met a book that felt so painfully slow, disjointed, uninteresting, and absolutely not my jam.

The odd thing is, that parts of the book felt like I should have loved it because those parts did remind me of the writing of Ali Smith … except that where Smith manages to be evocative, Tokarczuk sounded sarcastic to me.

I guess the point of Flights was to show how everything, all the world is in transit or transition in some way, but the sheer number of different snippets of stories – there were no real stories in this book, at least none that had a beginning, middle and end – just made me loose interest very quickly in any of them.
Couple this with a style that, while very lyrical, was experimental to the point of just throwing out a lot of, not platitudes, but statements like they were supposed be universal truths without questioning them. I just could not find anything in this book that would engage, amuse, entertain, or even interest me at all.
It may be that the author tried too hard. It may be that the book just went over my head. Whatever.
The one unforgivable effect that this book had on me was it bored me stiff.

But at least I can count it towards my Around the World reading project. ( )
1 ääni BrokenTune | May 30, 2021 |
Flights is a collection of 116 vignettes, some of them exceedingly brief, while others are short stories. They all focus on a theme of travel and are narrated by a nameless woman who practices an old Orthodox Christian belief of constant movement to avoid evil. There's a lot of variety in the vignettes ranging from contemporary stories to historical fiction. In addition to the theme of travel, with a focus on travel psychology, there is also a reoccurrence of the theme of anatomy and dissection. This is a weird and wonderful book, although I did struggle mightily to keep up with the fragmentary narrative. ( )
1 ääni Othemts | Feb 1, 2021 |
Listened to Part 1/11 only, but just didn't feel like this kind of first person narration. I can see it is clever, but where's the plot? The narrator, Julia Whelan, is also too familiar to me, too much associated with Tara Westover's Educated, which was so powerful her narration is not forgettable. Her voice suited that book - perhaps it suits this one too, but I'm too close to that other one, to accept the leap required. ( )
1 ääni | Okies | Feb 1, 2021 |
I've no idea why I don't feel like giving this one a 4—but also no justification for why I shouldn't. It's as if I possess an objective recognition of the real skill that produced this book—but that skill also failed to engender much enthusiasm. Maybe I'm just tired of travel celebrations? Weird. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Oct 28, 2020 |
A double review: 'House of Day, House of Night' and 'Flights.'

I finally got around to reading 'House of Day, House of Night' on a friend's recommendation, after reading Tokarczuk 'Flights,' which is somehow even better. I'm baffled as to why this kind of form hasn't made its way into English-language writing, except in the most self-important and portentous way: a compendium of memoir (whether actual or purely formal), short stories, essays, research, tall tales, local history and so on, all of which is actually connected together in pretty obvious ways (here, by locality) rather than being aggressively meaningless, as in most fragmented anglo novels.

The center-piece to this book is the story of St. Uncumber (Wilgefortis in German), who repelled a rapey would-be fiance by assuming the face of Jesus, beard and all, and thus became the patron of all women in horrible relationships (until her cult was suppressed fifty odd years ago)--and, more importantly, Uncumber's hagiographer (I'm pretty sure Tokarczuk make him up). This tale was inspired by the narrator's trip to the local church, which featured a pamphlet life of the saint; much of the rest of the book details the relationship between our narrator and her neighbor, Marta, which veers between standard small town comedy and fairy-tale airiness. Usually I would roll my eyes at the latter, but here it works, because Tokarczuk presents it so modestly--no "look at me undermining paradigms!" stuff here.

Perhaps the gender-bending, localism and fairy-tale aspects will date this book in a few years; perhaps not. But it works wonderfully with the later 'Flights.' 'Flights' is tied together by the narrator's travels in the world of bodily preservation, which she refers to as her 'pilgrimages.' The narratives here are more resolutely contemporary: families go on holiday, only for disaster to strike, and so on. The past is just as important as it is in 'House,' but the stories are more--if this is the right word--mainstream. As a special bonus, there are fabulous illustrations.

While 'House' is about one place, about the immobility of history and God and so on, and how all that immobility relies on motion and change, 'Flights' is more or less the exact opposite: same form, with science (in the form plastination) taking the place of God (if not religion) and tourism taking the place of localism: it turns out that the ever changing world of the human body and tourism and love relies on some fixity, as well.

Intelligent, beautifully translated, endlessly interesting, and blessedly non-self-important, I can only hope these two novels exert some influence over writers outside of Poland as well as inside it. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
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A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller's answer.

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