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I Was Amelia Earhart Paperback – 26 Jun 1997


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (26 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099744112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099744115
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Sullivan on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Amelia Earhart is arguably one of the best known aviatrix of the twenty century. Earhart set many records most notable being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her death has fuelled as many conspiracy theories as those that surround 9/11.
On June 1937, during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, lost radio contact, ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
Jane Mendelsohn's novel is a fictionalised account of what happened to Amelia Earhart after she lost contact with Howland Island, her destination, and the navy.
Mendelsohn's novel is at once a story of a driven, unhappy possibly reckless woman who does not feel alive unless she is flying. The author weaves fact and fiction, the present and the past using first and third person narrative. First person narrative is used as Earhart's own personal point of view while third person narrative is utilised to portray Earhart's life. This moving to and fro, in and out of time and space allows the author to blend, like some exotic biographer's cocktail, layer upon layer of fact and fiction, present and the past, real or imagined until the reader feels drunk from bibliophilic pleasure.
But there is no hangover or altitude sickness as a consequence of imbibing this particular cocktail. Instead one feels the need to continue drinking the book without stopping for breath or coffee.
The novel is written in the style of a diary with short, usually one paragraph long, entries.

"Back then, a plane was called a ship. There were still cabins and a sense of voyaging. There was a reverence for flight because it was so dangerous. People lost themselves. There was no safety."

This diary style way of writing gives the novel a sense of urgency.
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Format: Hardcover
I WAS AMELIA EARHART has as its intriguing premise the idea that Earhart and Noonan being lost over Howland Island is not the end of the story. In this slight but earnest volume, that makes for a great start. It's only 145 pages, but it has the potential for packing a wallop.

Unfortunately, the author is unable or unwilling to choose a narrator for her story, and it suffers as a result. At times it is in first person with Amelia speaking; at times it is a third person overview. The juxtaposition is jarring and, as a result, unsatisfying. If one speaker or the other had been chosen and committed to, this might have been a five star read, because the emotions and behaviors that are a part of the story are compelling indeed.
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Format: Paperback
This novel is the fictive rendering of Earhart's last voyage across the Pacific. The author tells us of an imaginary diary she wrote about her flight as well as about her intricate and eventually loving relationship with her debauched navigator. The reader is very much involved and feels part of the story, a yet to be solved mystery! Especially interesting for lovers of flying, as it allows us to understand the problems of technology and navigation of that time (1930s).
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By Tracey M on 6 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am still reading this book at the moment. But i am finding it difficult who is saying what as there are no quotation marks. Other than that i cant find a fault in this lovely written book about amelia earhart life
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