Great CircleMaggie Shipstead

Great Circle

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Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Book Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost: an “epic trip—through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day Hollywood—and you’ll relish every minute” (People).

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There--after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times--collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

Great Circle (Maggie Shipstead) Book Reviews

Great CircleInteresting story. Only complaint,too much gratuitous sex and sexual descriptions..Score: 4/5

Light and entertainingEasy read, light.Score: 4/5

Do not miss this bookThe characters. The history. The circle. I could not put it down and have been sad for days that it’s finished..Score: 5/5

A languorous full circleIt’s a nice story - albeit trite - the takes a trip around the globe to unearth. I’m sure (ironically intended or not) it will make an epic movie with some other seeming hackneyed trope like a Netflix series with Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence staring..Score: 4/5

Great CircleI loved this book. How the characters had similar beginnings but very different lives. You know how sometimes a non-fiction book reads like a fictional novel? This was the opposite…a fictional novel that read like the characters were real! I wished to have known them. Implausible here and there…but heck…that’s the fiction part kicking in. 5 out of 5 stars..Score: 5/5

Too LongWhile the story and writing style are excellent, the plot suffers terribly under the strain of too much filler and too many characters. There were whole chapters in the book that were superfluous. Would have been a great 325 page book. It was laborious and ultimately unsatisfying as a 600+ page book..Score: 3/5

ElicSo unique! Love the various characters and all the interactions over decades..Score: 5/5

Lost me in first few chapters….I hate to say it, but this one lost me in the first few chapters. Once the author described the protagonists’ father showing how he fell in love so quickly by putting his hands in his groin in the bath after meeting his future wife , all I could think was “really”? In this day and age she’s writing like this? And then bam, nine months later and….. well you figure it out. Trash. Not worth anymore of my time. Stop promoting garbage writing please, reviewers..Score: 1/5

Don’t give upI felt the book started so slowly. I find myself an impatient reader and want to be hooked right away. I decided to keep reading. Plod along as it were. I’m grateful I did. The careful building of characters was so essential to the experience. There comes a place where to stop reading was almost not an option. Every character here was rich and complicated. Mysterious and telling. A gorgeous read..Score: 5/5

Great bookFantastic!.Score: 5/5

TediousCharacters were not well developed, dialog was plodding. The protagonist is unlikeable. I forced myself through this and finally abandoned the book during the tedious description of the round the world flight..Score: 2/5

Loved it!Loved both main characters! The storyline weaved to tell an adventurous personal tale..Score: 5/5

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Book Name:
Great Circle
Book Language:
English
Book Category:
Books, Fiction & Literature, Historical
Book Size:
11786913 bytes.
Book ID:
1529801367
Book Release Date:
2021-05-04
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