With Emily at The Geek Undergraduate jetting off to Japan soon, we thought this book about a pilot’s experiences of flying would be the perfect September read. Can you guess the book?
Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker
Think back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.
It is about time we read a non-fiction book for Book Club again! As Emily picked this book out, I really don’t know all that much about it! I haven’t read any extracts or reviews – I’m just really looking forward to starting it with no preconceptions. The only hints I’ve had is what the blurb has told me, and the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book, in which Mark Vanhoenacker says:
If you have a favourite photograph from the window seat, please send it along to me via the website ‘skyfaring.com’. I would love to see it.
Isn’t that just wonderful?
Join us for an Introduction post on 1st September. If you can’t wait that long, why not join us for the end of August’s book, Norwegian Wood by Murakami. More info about the Words & Geeks Book Club can be found here.