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FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE : REFLECTIONS OF A WORLD WAR II AVIATOR

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270 pages - 1989 - Used, good condition
This beautiful book is the autobiography of a Marine bomber pilot during the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special features Dedicated copy, Reprint ( First published in 1988 )
Condition Used, good condition
Number of pages 270
Published date 1989
Language English
Size 13 x 20 x 2 cm
Author Samuel Hynes
Editor Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd

Description

During the Second World War, the author was a young Marine bomber pilot. He flew more than a hundred missions against the Japanese at Okinawa and Ulithi. ( ... ) What he remembers best and describes so eloquently in this memoir are the sensations he experienced in his rites of passage from untrained Cadet to war - weary aviator, from youthful innocence to manhood.

 

( ... ) His lucid, deceptively simple style immediately engages the reader in his exploration of the mysteries of coming of age in wartime.

 

With humour and compassion, the author presents unforgettable portraits of his fellow aviators. Neither judgmental nor sentimental, his disciplined understatement communicates an acute sense of the spectacular madness of war - the exhilaration and tedium ; the admiration for a pilot's prowess, even when that pilot is an enemy ; the impenetrable absurdity of the death of friends. At the same time, he gives us a sense of the wondrous feeling of flying - that exquisite harmony which exists between a pilot and his machine aloft in the insubstantial air.

 

These images of a young aviator's war rank with the very best literature to come out of the Second World War.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Samuel Hynes

Samuel Lynn Hynes ( August 29th, 1924 - October 9th, 2019 ) was born in Chicago ( Illinois, United States ). He was raised in Minneapolis ( Minnesota, United States ) and upon graduation from high school was accepted in the Navy's Air Cadet Programme. 


After attending Navy Flight School, he received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1944. As a torpedo - bomber pilot in the Pacific, he flew more than 150 combat missions against the Japanese, earning an Air Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Samuel L. Hynes remained on active duty until January 1946. Under the G.I. Bill, he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota ( Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota ) in 1947. In 1952, he returned to active duty for one and one - half years ( Korean War, 1950 - 1953 ). 


After flying in the Korean War, he received his Ph.D. ( Philosophiæ doctor : Doctor of Philosophy ) from Columbia University ( New York City, New York, United States ) in 1956. 


Becoming an author, he won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Soldiers' Tale in 1998. He discussed his experiences as a pilot in the documentary series The War by Ken Burns ( 2007 ). The latter interviewed Samuel L. Hynes again for The Vietnam War ( 2017 ), where he discussed his experiences at Northwestern University ( Evanston, Illinois ) during its anti - Vietnam War protests.  


Samuel L. Hynes was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University ( New Jersey, United States ). His other books include The Patterns of Hardy’s Poetry ( 1961 ), Edwardian Occasions ( 1972 ), A War Imagined ( 1990 ), The Growing Seasons ( 2003 ), The Unsubstantial Air : American Fliers in the First World War ( 2014 ) and On War and Writing ( 2018 ). As a literary critic, he wrote extensively for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books and The Sunday Times


Samuel L. Hynes died of congestive heart failure in Princeton, at the age of 95. 


( sources : Wikipedia, FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE : REFLECTIONS OF A WORLD WAR II AVIATOR, www.princeton.edu )

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