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As a raging blizzard wreaks havoc at Lincoln International Airport outside Chicago, airport and airline personnel try to cope with this unstoppable force of nature that is endangering thousands of lives. And in the air, a lone plane struggles to reach its destination. Over the course of seven pulse-pounding hours, a tense human drama plays out as a brilliant airport manageAs a raging blizzard wreaks havoc at Lincoln International Airport outside Chicago, airport and airline personnel try to cope with this unstoppable force of nature that is endangering thousands of lives. And in the air, a lone plane struggles to reach its destination. Over the course of seven pulse-pounding hours, a tense human drama plays out as a brilliant airport manager, an arrogant pilot, a tough maintenance man, and a beautiful stewardess strive to avert disaster.Featuring a diverse cast of vibrant characters, Airport is both a realistic depiction of the airline industry and a novel of nail-biting suspense....

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Airport Reviews

  • Arah-Lynda
    2019-02-24 18:39

    No man is an island, entire of itself;  every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.            John DonneNo airport was an island either.This book was first published in 1968.  Clearly much has changed in aviation management in the last 49 years and readers must take this into account.  For me, knowing as little as I do about airport management or piloting a commercial aircraft, what stood out the most was the changes in security protocol.  It is no longer possible for people who are not ticketed passengers to get on board a commercial aircraft prior to takeoff and the security protocols for passengers and their luggage is much more rigid.   With this in mind I believe this novel has weathered the passage of time well.To set the scene:A major blizzard has blanketed Lincoln International Airport and is currently wreaking havoc with all arrivals and departures.  Their longest and widest runway is currently blocked by an Aereo Mexican 707 whose pilot yinged when he should have yanged, its landing gear currently mired in the now freezing mud.  All  available maintenance personnel are being directed to this problem which is putting undue strain on air traffic control.  Little do they know that the one chief they are waiting on to expeditiously solve this dilemma is stuck in a traffic jam created by a jack knifed tractor trailer, still miles from the airport.The whole airport was reeling from the roughest storm they had seen in many a year.  It had been raging for 3 days now and there was still no end in sight, making snow removal from all runways and parking lots an ever increasing maintenance burden.  A United Air Lines food truck was lost out there somewhere, presumably snowbound, in the airport perimeter and so far all efforts to locate it had failed. In the main passenger terminal there were  thousands of disgruntled passengers from delayed or cancelled flights.  Baggage was stacked in piles everywhere and still the people kept coming.   Air Line ticket agents, like most all service personnel, were being unfairly harassed by surly passengers, even though they were doing their their level best to satisfy and accommodate.. The blocked runway necessitated redirecting outbound flights to an alternate runway rarely utilized these days owing to the fact that it meant air traffic ascending directly overhead a community called Meadowood and due to the inclement weather most pilots were not adhering to noise abatement procedures.   While perfectly understandable from a safety perspective, the noise complaints were already pouring in.Mel Bakersfeld, the airport general manager, was juggling many different priorities tonight not the least of which was his wife’s insistence that he join her at some social event in the city. His reluctance to leave the airport and do so was putting an unprecedented strain on a marriage that was already coming apart at the seams. Mel’s brother in law, Vernon Demerest, a  senior pilot, was another thorn in Mel’s side.  Captain Demerest was already making noise and stirring the pot about inefficient snow removal practices.  Vernon was at the airport early tonight in preparation for his flight on The Golden Argosy, Trans America’s prestige flight to Rome.  D.O. Gurerrero is a man defeated, a man on the edge of a precipice.  He has lost his home and is currently in a run down flat and he still can’t make the rent.  His wife is working her feet and fingers to the bone trying valiantly to bridge the financial gap and once more D.O has failed.  But this time he has a plan.  He has taken everything of value and every last dollar to his name to finance a trip to Rome on board TWA’s Golden Argosy.  The last money remaining in his pocket is just enough to purchase flight insurance.  He has no luggage and no return ticket.  He holds his attache case close to his chest with the tripwire playing over his fingers.  He means to ensure his wife and children need never worry about money again.Meanwhile in air traffic control we have Keith, who is battling his own inner demons, harbouring suicidal thoughts and teetering on the edge of his very own abyss.Arthur Hailey’s  Airport delivers in spades, with tense human drama, and a full cast of vibrant, memorable characters.  It all takes place over several pulse pounding hours as Hailey deftly brings all the many elements together in an ending that will have you holding onto the edge of your seat.  

  • Tea Jovanović
    2019-03-14 14:42

    Sjajan komercijalni autor ranga Šeldona i sličnih, a sada potpuno zaboravljen... Samo ga se još bibliotekari sećaju i poneki čitalac koji nabasa negde na neku njegovu knjigu... A nekada se čekali u redu po bibliotekama da se dođe do njegovih knjiga... Šteta...

  • Marc Leroux
    2019-02-27 15:33

    Sometimes it's good to come back to old friends.It's been several decades since I read this last. So much has changed in the aviation business that I'm not sure younger readers would be able to relate to a lot of the details in the story. I'm old enough that I remember being able to go to the gate to see off a family member, or meet someone as they come off of a flight. And when there were empty seats on flights!This is a great book. Once I started, it was hard to put down. Particularly towards the end when the story arcs come together and the pace changes from the details of running the airport and build towards the emergency at the end.There are some great details brought out in the book; the way that airport terminals are designed, the noise abatement procedures that airlines have to follow - and the danger they pose. Some of Hailey's predictions have come through, others not so much. He thought that we would have figured out the boarding process by now, and we haven't. There is still a lot of relevance in the details he puts in. The story is well told, and unlike a lot of writers today, Hailey doesn't see the need to complete all of the small story arcs. It leaves the reader wishing that there was a sequel; we want to know more about the characters. Without using any cliffhangers, Hailey has left us satisfied - yet wanting more.

  • Checkman
    2019-03-25 13:47

    A thick novel at 500 pages. The entire novel covers approximately five hours - that's it. A large international airport outside of Chicago (modeled after Chicago O'Hare) is in it's third day of operating during a massive winter storm. There are numerous crisis to deal with as we follow multiple characters through the novel. Released on 1968 I know that some of Hailey's predictions about commercial aviation have not come true, others have and then there are events that were probably outside of Mr. Hailey's imagination at the time he was writing this novel. However ,despite the obvious dated details throughout the novel (not to mention the depiction of females and relations between men and women), it's still a very effective read. The book grabbed my attention and kept me turning the pages. There are some implausible events ,and a little melodrama, but the story stays away from soap-opera thanks to it's excellent research and attention to details. Mr. Hailey simply focuses too much on how a modern airport functions and ,by compacting the story into such a short time span, there isn't very enough time for the usual soapy elements to intrude. I began this novel expecting to read a melodramatic and sensationalistic novel populated with steely-eyed He-Men and beautiful swooning females. There are hints of that of course (this was a mainstream novel written in the late sixties after all), but what I found myself reading was a well-researched and competently written novel of a modern airport. It's a page-turner. Pure and simple. I believe that even a modern reader under 40 might find this to be an entertaining read. Approach it with the understanding that this is not a current (i.e. written after 1996) book. Understand that it was written in 1966/67 and just read it. You might be surprised. I know I was.Now I'm tempted to read Hotel.

  • Hajar
    2019-02-23 18:37

    one of the most wonderful books I've ever read!you can't put it down when you start reading!

  • Joaquin Garza
    2019-03-02 19:01

    Aeropuerto es una novela de aeropuerto (duh!). Pero a veces olvidamos que uno de los principales impulsores de este tipo de literatura fue Arthur Hailey. El libro más vendido de 1968 es un thriller de altos vuelos que describe el drama de la operación de un aeropuerto y de las amenazas ahora francamente risibles de la industria aeroportuaria en medio de la guerra fría. Un divertido ejercicio retrospectivo y un drama de periodo sobre muchas cosas que ya no lo son.Los personajes son los mismos de siempre que desarrollara este autor: hombres de acción de mandíbulas cuadradas que, con apenas un atisbo de duda, ejecutan sus tareas con un liderazgo decisivo. Mel Bakersfeld es tan Burt Lancaster. Y su aspecto humano sale a relucir sólo cuando sus presiones laborales los hacen buscar arrumacos con sus compañeras de trabajo (figuras de adorno casi siempre). Es tan sesentas. Piensen en Mad Men y se darán una idea súper clara de los héroes de Hailey.Esta caracterización resulta tan exagerada que Aeropuerto como novela ya no es conocida ni siquiera por su adaptación a la pantalla, sino por la parodia de ésta (al igual que las novelas de caballerías son conocidas más por el Quijote). Hubo tantos aspectos de la trama que no podía sino leer con una sonrisa acordándome de ¿Y dónde quedó el piloto?Pero al final es una lectura de aeropuerto sobre un aeropuerto. Es algo lento al principio pero después engancha a través de una amenaza que la verdad a ojos de hoy suena tierna. Hablando de eso: he aquí una lista de cosas de cómo operaban las aerolíneas y los aeropuertos en 1968 que me parecieron curiosas:• No había checks de seguridad (wtf?)• Un pariente podía ir a despedir a sus familiares no sólo a la puerta del avión, sino hasta su asiento mismo si era necesario (wtf?)• Uno podía meterse de polizón en un avión (wtf?)• La mayor amenaza terrorista era la gente que quería hacer fraudes de seguros de vida (wtf?)Y cosas más normales y que todos sabemos como que antes daban cubiertos de metal y cristalería y todo mundo se los robaba, además de que nadie se rompía las rodillas con el respaldo del asiento de en frente, la comida era decente y se podía fumar en el avión. Ah, y una más es que todo un aspecto de la trama gira en torno a una pista bloqueada por la ineptitud de un piloto de Aeroméxico. Algunas cosas nunca cambian.

  • Stacy
    2019-02-28 12:56

    Day-to-day routine got me and let the precise impression to fade. Still some moments, maybe only general, are going to appear here.Almost 500 pages - there could be a different use for them. Some author would describe more than one generation, some would use it to live a life of a specific character, some would show a reader different worlds or different times - a lot of possibilities. Arthur Hailey decided to use them just for one evening, not even a day. Just a little bit more than ordinary evening, still nothing extra-ordinary. Place.You are introduced to the airport as the main setting of the evening, the centre would sound better. And then you are allowed to visit some other places (imagine cobweb where from the centre you are travelling around and always returning to the start point). Characters. Is there one protagonist? Yes. Is there one POV? No. That is what I like - possibility to get into different mind, to see the situation from different perspectives, to understand the motives and how different lives and actions lead to each other and meet somewhere. Is someone just good and someone just bad? No. Life doesn't divide people into specific group like we were told in fairy tales. Action. Happens. However, mostly psychological. Into your mind. Pages and the text are just a kind of a motivator for it. How it ends?One main question and a million co-questions. The main is solved. Others? Partly. Some clues are given, be sure. Still the main part is left for you to write a continuation into your mind. Maybe some don't like that kind of ending, some prefer everything to be clear. For me it is more enjoyable when you sit for a while just thinking and trying to understand after turning the last page. I do not know why, but the ending reminded me the ending of Gone with the wind. To sum up.Looking for some other masterpiece from Arthur Hailey.

  • Wsm
    2019-03-15 14:46

    Air travel was so different when this book was written.There was none of the suffocating security encountered these days but terrorism was still a concern.Hailey deftly weaves together several sub plots about people working in aviation,airline captains and air hostesses,air traffic controllers,a stowaway and a terrorist.There is also an airport manager who is in the thick of all the action.It all comes together in a compelling climax.The movie adaptation,starring Burt Lancaster is also very good.The book introduced me to Arthur Hailey and I enjoyed his other books as well.

  • Mark W. Cole
    2019-03-19 15:40

    This book was so silly. The Genral Manager of the airport has a brother-in-law who is a seniorpilot and a brother who is an Air Traffic Controller there. I'm surprised that his 14 year olddaughter isn't a stewardess! Of course he's going through a divorce because he's having anaffair. The only redeeming value about this book was it's descriptions of the inner workingson a large airport ca. 1968.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-24 14:34

    AirportArthur HaileyFiction498 pagesThis was a long book to get through. I did not think I would ever finish this book. I almost gave up on this one.

  • Hitessh Panchal
    2019-03-25 17:54

    My Second Book By Arthur Hailey after "The Money Changers" and I am not Disappointed at all !The book that starts with operations at an Airport during storm and suddenly there is a mishap. A flight gets stuck blocking the Landing Strip, which adds trouble to the functioning of the Airport. On the top of it , an information about an individual carrying a bomb to blast a plane takes away the ground of the feet of all those involved. There are stories within stories of individuals. How individuals like Airport Manager, the ATC, the Pilot, the Stewardess , a broke contractor, a Police officer , a Stowaway , the insurance agent all from different walks of life are connected to the central theme of the book and Arthur Hailey manages it to integrate all so seamlessly , that you don't loose the story at any moment of time. The second part of the book will keep you on the edge and compel you to turn the pages faster in want of knowing what happens next.Meticulous detailing of day to day functioning of the Airport. The book is long , but worth a read. Flawless storytelling !Excellent Read !!

  • Albert Felixovich
    2019-03-15 11:53

    Վատիկը չէր, բայց շատ սխալ ժամանակ էի ընտրել կարդալու: Պարզվեց հոլիվուդյան սցենարով գիրք կատաստրոֆայի մասին հիմա հեչ հավես չունեի կարդալ, դրա համար էլ ձգձգվեց: Բայց ընդհանուր շատ լավ գիրք էր: Լիքը մանրամասներ իմացա օդանավակայանների ներքին խոհանոցից: Թե ոնցա աշխատանքը կազմակերպվում, մանավանդ ֆորս-մաժորների ժամանակ:Եթե ուզում եք թեթևից մի քիչ ծանր գիրք կարդաք, սա իսկականնա )) Հ.Գ. Ուզում եմ մի հատ կինոն էլ նայեմ սրա, շատ հինա, բայց ասում են լավնա )

  • Vikram M N
    2019-03-14 11:41

    The reason I took this book is to explore different writer’s perspective. From what I came to know about the writer Arthur Hailey is that he takes one situation, one place and at a time and digs deep into it, puts every little detail accounted for and gives a vast book. His books are handsomely titled as Airport, Hotel etc. each exploring the respective places. Like the title the book is precise in revolving around everything that happens in that particular place. Great detailing I must say.Generally in a plane hijack or in any situation where crisis happens it’s mandatory to introduce those characters so that we can relate to them, sympathies them. Here also they are introduced beforehand by various means. In fact we come to know what all they do, where they reside, their strengths, weaknesses etc. We know so much that we could even do SWOT analysis about them. Good thing is that as we get to know them so well we feel they are people who’re amongst us and we judge them better. First success of the writer I must say.A guy Guerrero gets into the plane with bomb, then we have a captain, a stewardess and an old lady. These are the guys we connect with in the aero plane but do we really sympathize them? Can’t be said yes instantly, because the people whom we really like, Mel, his brother Keith, Tanya, Joe Patroni are all downstairs working so hard. The other people who had fought or quarreled with them are there in the plane.The way we start to sympathize them is so beautifully done in this book. Even though we don’t like them or we like the people in ground even more we still continue to feel for them. We don’t want them to die and that’s the writers’ success. Generally in an action movie there are so many people dying and we sympathize with none. If their family, their background had been shown things would have been different. That’s what happens here. We know everyone’s background so we are free to think. Though we don’t like them one hundred percent we don’t want them to die because death is one huge punishment.Though Mel is the hero in the book. The absolute charmer is Mrs Quardett. That too the way she tells all her escapade stories are all ROFL moments. If made into a movie this scene will evoke laughter more than any other scene.How much of homework the author would’ve done is clearly there to be seen in the book. Especially during the speech which he makes to the residents about noise reduction he talks about Concorde which was not there when the book got released.But at the start of the book I thought Joe is going to be the real hero of the book. I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t read much of him. He was some guy for sure. The very mention of cigar and straightforward attitude made me curious and read interestingly. Though he digs the airplane out of shambles during the end I really would’ve liked to see more of him even in the middle.Another important thing that I liked was how every story got intertwined. Each character had their own life but the way they all came together for this one moment was interesting. The thrill part happens only at the vague end of the story but still the author was able to maintain the curiosity of the readers by letting out the details in an orderly fashion.But the one thing I didn’t understand is how someone could take a bomb so easily into the airplane in spite of having customs check, baggage check and a lot more. I confess that I’ve become a fan of Arthur Hailey and I’d definitely like to read one of his works in future. A nice blend of pulp fiction and art.

  • Shabba
    2019-02-27 13:34

    This book takes its own sweet time setting the stage. If you pick this, be warned - the first half is only background and buildup. The real action takes place in the last 30% or so of the book. But my mom, who recommended this to me, had told me as much - Arthur Hailey's specialty is that he takes you through the daily goings-on in an establishment such as an airport or a hotel before some crisis occurs. So if you really want to know the ins and outs of the American aviation industry in the 70s, pay attention to every detail in the book. Otherwise, skim.The book had an interesting assortment of characters - but they could have been much, much better.They were by no means flawless, but it annoyed me nevertheless that there was only one significant male character who didn't condone cheating on his wife because, we're informed, she's still beautiful. Good for you, Joe. The important female characters - there are two, three if you squint - aren't really given much of their own backstory though they're important to the plot. Rather, they're described from the male characters' point of view. An ex-wife who is a bitch, a sympathetic colleague who is aging but still hot. A wife who is ridiculously dull and has no idea about her husband's infidelity. A paramour who is bright and pretty and pleasing.A small but significant female role is characterized by the fact that she has enormous breasts. I'm not kidding. In the POVs of other people, her breasts are described on five separate occasions. When her own POV is depicted, she knows they're big and uses them to her advantage with male passengers. Apparently her boobs have hypnotic powers. Go figure. To be fair, this book was written in the 1970s. So I suppose it could be forgiven the blatant gender stereotypes. But they bothered me at every turn.There was no major twist as such, and I thought it ended rather abruptly and unsatisfyingly. Maybe it was there somewhere and I missed it in the sheer torrent of information.Other than that, it was a decent book, and definitely enjoyable. But it doesn't age very well, both in terms of technology and mindset, and that's where it loses out. The things these people thought and said (Also, there's a free moral lecture on abortion inserted somewhere in the book)and the problems they faced are of so little significance to a modern reader as to be boring.

  • Ed
    2019-03-21 12:37

    A stressful period during a snowstorm at a Chicago airport. This 1968 best seller spawned a 1970 blockbuster movie and 3 sequels. The only character to appear in all of the movies was Joe Patroni, head of Maintenance Operations (played by George Kennedy). In addition to the snow caused problems, there is an airborne bomb and several side plots of romance and domestic relations.Novel - The story takes place at Lincoln International, a fictional Chicago airport, mainly over the course of one evening and night, as a massive snowstorm plays havoc with airport operations. The storyline centers on airport GM Bakersfeld's struggles to keep the airport open during the storm. His chief problem is the unexpected closure of primary Runway 30, caused when a departing airliner for a Mexican airline turns off past the wrong side of a runway marker light, burying the plane's landing gear in the snow, and blocking the runway. This becomes a major problem as another airplane, Trans America Flight Two, experiences a midair emergency, aborts the flight to Rome and returns to Lincoln. This requires runway 30 to be made operational---at any cost.

  • Betsy
    2019-03-20 16:51

    I have no idea what it was about this book that appealed to me, but I find all the minutiae about running a big-city airport utterly fascinating, and I've read it countless times since.

  • Marian
    2019-03-14 18:46

    Seriously, Arthur Hailey was an amazing writer. Not to mention a meticulous researcher. His characters were beautifully drawn and his plotting was astounding.

  • VijayaRaghavan S N
    2019-03-14 13:57

    It is unbelievable how Arthur Hailey could fill in 520 pages with the happenings of few hours in an airport (except for, give or take, a couple of flashbacks). And that too, not even one page felt unnecessary. The author takes the reader to 1970s when the aviation industry was still expanding. Me being an air transport freak, I have always loved anything and everything associated with air freight. And that is why I loved every bit of the book for the description of airport and how an airport was run back then.Arthur Hailey was one such guy who could see what the future held for aviation industry. Some of his predictions in the book came true. While some still remain above the reaches of airline industry even now. It was amazing to see how different it was back then. For instance, people who accompanied travelers could even get inside the flight if they had a reasonable excuse, which is only a dream nowadays. He explains how a control room worked and how different sections of an airport were knit together to work in tandem during an emergency.Along with the attractive side of the airport functioning, he also shows the dark side of the airline industry. He shows how sex involving pilots and hostesses are common occurrences (watch the movie Flight) and how the involved airlines company dealt with a pregnant air hostesses later. He also shows that life is not always rosy for airport authorities especially with the internal conflicts and conflicts with the nearby residential community (dumb people).If I go on about the facts that the author cover in this book, I will never finish this review anytime soon. But its not just about an airport and its functioning when faced with an emergency. It is also a crossroad of various lives. Various emotions and feelings. And also romance (yeah you guessed it right...polygamy too...after all, the story is set in US..what more do you expect). Its a mixture of a lot of things. So those who aren't too keen on airport functioning they have the thriller section waiting for them. Those who aren't too keen on thriller they have the story of numerous people written for them. You have a lot of options to fall in love with the book. Its kind of like a book for all.And still why the 4 stars? Because I was surprised how the author evolved from his other book Hospital (from which I am going to deduct a star just because this one was much better than the former). And I know he can spring surprises with his proficiency in story telling.

  • CL
    2019-03-02 14:34

    For those of you as interested in airports and air travel as I am, you will love this book purely for the detailed look inside the workings of an American airport in the 1960s. The security procedures are non-existent and the definition of a stowaway is a little old lady who manages to get on board planes without buying a ticket, not an illegal immigrant taking his chances in the freezing cold hold of the plane. I would love someone to rewrite this book in the post 9/11 world. Despite those differences, bar a few chauvinistic comments (after all, this book was written in the '60s), everything is still relatable.The "thriller" element is very much a slow-burn rather than a quick-paced Jack Reacher type novel. If you're reading for that angle alone, you'll probably be disappointed.I think this book could do with an epilogue. You get introduced to quite a few main characters whom you learn surprisingly a lot about that you can't help but want to know where they are at a month down the line.

  • Nehal Gupta
    2019-03-24 15:51

    Airport by Arthur Hailey is the kind of book which can be enjoyed by patient readers who can survive the first 150 pages of the book. In this book, the first hundred and twenty five pages are a tad bit boring with the author first introducing characters then straying of to the progress in aviation technology. The novel gathers up some pace after the 125 odd pages and then continues faster still. This was welcomed pleasantly by me, who was contemplating leaving the book and the rest of the book worked out fine. the incredible slowness in the beginning and the straying off the course by the author in some places reduced one star from my review. The book, after gaining enough momentum becomes unputdownable. You crave for more action and it is duly provided by the author. In all, this book is a satisfying read with surely a 'nail-biting climax'.

  • Adeleh
    2019-03-11 13:35

    ترجمه 150 صفحه‌ای ذبیح الله منصوری از این کتاب 476 صفحه‌ای در واقع اصلا ترجمه نیست. توضیحات اضافی در مورد وسعت آمریکا و مسافت طولانی بین شرق و غرب آمریکا و توضیحاتی که در جای جای ترجمه در مورد فرودگاه و عملکرد موتورهای هواپیما آورده شده واقعا توی ذوق خواننده میزند. برگردانی که آقای منصوری انجام دادند اسمش ترجمه نیست، حتی آن را اقتباس هم نمی‌شود نامید. وقتی قسمت های پر از هیجان کتاب را چه در نسخه انگلیسی و چه در ترجمه محمد بهفروزی با ترجمه آقای منصوری مقایسه کردم حقیقتاً تعجب کردم که هیچ چیز از هیجان و جذابیت کتاب باقی نمانده و اصلا چطور چنین ترجمه ای میتواند چنین رمان پر طرفداری را به مخاطب فارسی زبان بشناساندتوصیه می‌کنم اگر قصد دارید ترجمه فارسی این کتاب را بخوانید حتما ترجمه محمد بهفروزی را بخوانید

  • Ostap Andrusiv
    2019-03-10 19:52

    Після “Отеля” питання “Що читати далі?” відпало само-собою. “Аеропорт” пішов на ура. За вікенд. Артур Хейлі — він як крутий повар: бере просту каструлю (готель, аеропорт), додає в неї інгредієнти, які були вирощені на власній дачі (говоні герої, працівники цих закладів, чудово знають особливості своєї роботи), наповнює страву життям (вирішеннями буденних і не дуже проблем) і додає трохи приправи за смаком (персональні особливості героїв, їхні життя). В результаті виходить першокласний суп з унікальним неповторним смаком!Резюме: “Аеропорт” — крута книжка, але “Отель” — мій фаворит. Всеодно, Маст рід!

  • Anna Semenova
    2019-03-23 11:42

    I decided to read this book because it's been quite popular among russian students these days. So usually when I do such things I do not enjoy "the popular books" as it was the case with "To kill a mockingbird", for example. But this one is a treasure! I can say that probably it's one of the best I've read in Engish so far. Surprisingly, not being a bit fan of adventure stories, still I was glued to the book even on escalators in the tube. The plot is simple but I was so worried for the passangers of the flight! 5+ stars and my sincere recommendations!

  • Artem Huletski
    2019-03-12 19:36

    7 сложнейших часов из жизни аэропорта. Уникальный по своей тематике роман; роман-самолёт, рассматривающий каждого героя как самостоятельный незаменимый в работе всего механизма отсек, со своими переживаниями, хлопотами, личной жизнью. Несмотря на появляющийся местами героический флёр, отлично понимаешь, насколько разнятся человеческие цели - от посадки терпящего крушение самолёта до выигрыша электрической зубной щётки.

  • Gerard
    2019-02-28 12:38

    Great story, spun brilliantly, and precisely! Sad that we ran out of Arthur Hailey's novels as he has only eleven to his credit!

  • Susan Liston
    2019-03-13 11:48

    Very strange. As the movie (and it's parodies) can have escaped few, it's not a spoiler to say this is a thriller about a damaged aircraft attempting to land safely. This happens in the last 100 pages or so. The other 300+ are an odd assortment. Clearly Mr Hailey did a TON of research on the running of a large international airport, based, I assume on O'Hare. This for the most part was, to me, very interesting. As it was written in the late 60s, some of it is wildly of of date, of course, but that had historic value. And some of it is still valid. (if that is NOT your cup of tea, beware, it can get a bit dry at times. Also, right in the middle of an exciting moment, a character might just feel the need to tell a few tidbits about airport parking structures or bond issues concerning new runways. Like I say, it's a strange book) The characters who converge into the doomed aircraft are detailed along the way in short bursts. Some of that is fun, but here is where the predictable sixties potboiler sexism is unfurled. Lots of cheatin' men...but hey, the old ball and chain is either boring and dowdy or a total bitch, so what's a fella to do? And lots of beautiful women for them to cheat with who fill out their trim uniforms in all the right places. But that is to be expected, I suppose, even if it sets the teeth on edge. A side plot that keeps popping up about a group of residents who live under the flight pattern and are upset about the noise gets tedious and I give you permission to skip if you wish. Overall, it was reasonably entertaining, but I do think the ending was weak, we have no followup on any of the passengers after the plane lands, and that is a big flaw, to me, anyway. Here was a book screaming for an epilogue.

  • I_ty_toje
    2019-03-12 12:52

    Несколько переоцененная на мой вкус книга.Хейли создал почти свой жанр - скажешь "производственный роман" и первым на ум придет он (а часто и единственным). И в этом произведении есть все за что можно любить такой подход - много описания аэропорта, его взаимодействий и подходов (отметим что с тех пор изменилось практически все - и досмотр, и службы, и диспетчеры. Сейчас намного больше автоматизации и роботизации); много героев, которые так или иначе связаны с аэропортом; самое главное - очень много действия, неплохое нагнетание и повышение градуса происходящего. Когда мы говорим о героях впечатление уже неоднозначное - если главный герой прописан великолепно, у него есть и второй план и дети дома, и жена, и любовь, и самолет в небе, и противники. То с второстепенными куда больше проблем -вначале романа о них говорится довольно много, но в конце их линии обрубают по одной страничке. И зачем? И почему? Их так расписали в начале, а впоследствии, это ружье отозвалось холостым выстрелом.Всем кто любит жанр - читать обязательно. А мне не показалось мастрид :)

  • Anna Logvynova
    2019-03-05 14:58

    Книга интересная, но во время чтения постоянно думала о том, что хотелось бы прочитать такую же, но про современный аэропорт, узнать, как все устроено сейчас. "Отель" по-прежнему в очереди на прочтение :)

  • Prashanth Baskaran
    2019-03-06 17:35

    What a blast! Read to understand about airport operations. Read it if you like thrillers. Just read it.

  • Anirudh Topiwala
    2019-03-23 13:39

    The tempo is very mellow. If not a persistent reader will easily lose interest. The biggest flaw is that too much detailing is given for the support characters than the main story.