Flight: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jul 11, 2003 - Fiction - 260 pages
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From the award-winning author of Electricity - an absorbing and finely-drawn tale of professional and personal romance in modern Europe.

Martagon, a young and talented engineer and a loner by nature, has devoted his life to his career -- occasionally, and regretfully, sacrificing friendship and family for professional success. He accepts a position masterminding the construction of new, high-tech airport in France, applying his cutting-edge expertise to build it almost entirely of glass.

The land and vineyards on which the airport will be built belonged to a feuding brother and sister. It is Marina, the beautiful, flamboyant, and completely irresistible sister, with whom Martagon falls in love for the first time in his life. The detached and rational engineer is thrown completely off balance, begins questioning the ambitions he once took for granted. He takes risks to be with Marina, compromises himself -- professionally and emotionally -- a mistake that could cost him everything he has struggled to achieve.

Written with unusual urgency and perception about the relations between men and women, Flight is a story of passionate love, morality, self-discovery, professional ethics -- of what happens when solid ground disappears from below, and the only options left are to either soar or fall.

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

In a bold attempt to make civil engineering sexy, this novel has a guy called Margtagon (Martagon??? Isn’t that some kind of gas?), designer of massive glass structures, getting involved with a French ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katong - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this very much. There was just the slightest touch of Ballardian dystopia in this exploration of stress and load-bearing, transparency and motion, in buildings and people and systems. Met ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Victoria Glendinning has written biographies of Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West, and Jonathan Swift, and won the Whitbread Award for her 1992 biography of Trollope. Her previous novels, The Grown-Ups and Electricity, received great critical acclaim. She divides her time between London, Provence, and Ireland.

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