- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books (Jun. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786861002
- ISBN-13: 978-0786861002
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,665,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flight of Passage Hardcover – 1 Jun 1997
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Rinker Buck began his career as a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in western Massachusetts. He then worked for New York, Life, and Adweek magazines, and his articles and columns have appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers. Flight of Passage is his first book. He and his wife, Amelia de Neergaard, live with their two daughters in Cornwall, Connecticut. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It took over 25 years for Rinker Buck to get all this organised in his head, then put it on paper, but it was worth waiting for.
What we get is the straight story, from his point of view, of the preparations and the journey, the turnaround in relations between him and brother Kern, and the two of them dealing with the expectations of a larger-than-life father who, perhaps secretly, wished to relive fame through the exploits of his sons.
Told against the backdrop of ariel incidents, we find that the ebullient schoolboy prankster has to take (literally) a back seat to his shy, reclusive older brother, who suddenly comes out of his shell.
It never descends into maudlin, or goes over-the-top, it is a straight from the shoulder account of the trip and the souring and cementing of relationships - a damn fine read. *****
The story is set in the mid-sixties, at a time when our country was still rattled by the Kennedy family tragedy, yet not so jaded as to lose interest in the story of two young men in an antique airplane reliving their father's barnstorming days (and repeated, worn out stories of Stearman men and waterbags) and living their own memories to tell stories to their sons someday in probably the same fashion!
Personally, I had much in comman with the author's brother, having attended the same schools, and entered the same profession. I also happen to own and fly a restored Piper Cub. But the magic of this book is it's ability to appeal to both flyers and non flyers alike. It reminds us that we live in a great and beautiful country. It has it's faults, as we all do, and like most families, we have our problems and miscommunications, unmet expectations and misunderstandings, but with experience and "letting go" we appreciate the love that has been bestowed upon us - maybe years later - but a gift nonetheless.
A beautiful story.
But there was more to this book than the 'adventure' itself. This is an endearingly told story also of brothers and how they are able to simultaneously love and hate each other, and how their relationship eventually blossoms. These brothers however, each have a quite different relationship with their father - the one legged former barnstormer pilot Tom Buck. His lively pipe-smoking presence looms imperiously in the background as these boys are literally trying to fly away. The twists and turns in this aspect of the story are told with a beautiful poignancy.
'I looked back several times at my father as he waved, wiggling
the wings for him a couple of more times. Behind and below me,
he was framed by the tail section of the plane, as if in a
picture. I remember the way the sunlight turned the grass
around him a hard green, and the way the image of him was
blurred and kept going double from the slipstream beating my
hair into my face and whipping up tears in the corners of my
eyes. I was filled with an immense sadness and happiness for
him at once, and afterward I couldn't understand why that
particular vision of him moved me so much, or why it returned
so often in my dreams. After a while I just accepted it as a
portrait of contentment between us.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after reading Rinker Buck's best-selling "Oregon Trail". It was a great read. Very moving. I was sad to finish it.Published 2 months ago by seaman
Wonderful innocent US 1060s tale, with great walk-on characters in the background. For me- less 'fathers and sons' stuff and more flying would have been good.Published on 8 Jan. 2014 by B A Jackson
I enjoyed the flying experiences they had and I think the book should have been more about that. Before they even started the flight, Rinker wrote the first third of the book... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 1999
Getting there was their goal, but they got much more than a trip across the country. They found a sense of life from working hard and accomplishing a dream. Read morePublished on 22 May 1999
I bought this for my son, then I read it too. I could really identify since I was driving cross country during that same year in the mid sixties. Don't miss this one.Published on 24 April 1999
"Flight of Passage" is the best book I've read in a good, long time.
The writing is so smooth, so deft--that I literally had to stop myself from reading the book... Read more
I read this book and I loved it! The thing is I'm only 11 years old. It really was funny and it also displayed that nothing was impossible.Published on 1 Mar. 1999