In-Flight Entertainment

In-Flight Entertainment

Helen Simpson / Jul 24, 2019

In Flight Entertainment Poignant funny and perceptive Helen Simpson s fifth collection of short stories deals with the full stretch from birth to death and everything in between A young woman s diary records a blackly far

  • Title: In-Flight Entertainment
  • Author: Helen Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780099546122
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poignant, funny and perceptive, Helen Simpson s fifth collection of short stories deals with the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between A young woman s diary records a blackly farcical escape attempt involving flamenco, murder and wild picnics two students fall in love then almost talk themselves out of it in an argument about the end of the world aPoignant, funny and perceptive, Helen Simpson s fifth collection of short stories deals with the full stretch, from birth to death and everything in between A young woman s diary records a blackly farcical escape attempt involving flamenco, murder and wild picnics two students fall in love then almost talk themselves out of it in an argument about the end of the world a heartfelt anti cancer spell is cast in the desire to protect a friend.Moving effortlessly between tragedy and comedy, from the politics of wanderlust to domestic extremism, this is an intoxicating collection from a master of the genre.

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      • Helen Simpson

        Helen Simpson is an English novelist and short story writer She was born in 1959 in Bristol, in the West of England, and went to a girls school She worked at Vogue for five years before her success in writing short stories meant she could afford to leave and concentrate full time on her writing Her first collection, Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories, won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award while her book Hey Yeah Right Get A Life, a series of interlinked stories, won the Hawthornden Prize.Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name In particular, the mystery author Helen de Guerry Simpson is a different author In 1993, she was selected as one of Granta s top 20 novelists under the age of 40.In 2009, she donated the short story The Tipping Point to Oxfam s Ox Tales project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors Her story was published in the Air collection.


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    1. Helen Simpson is a British writer whose short stories have won many awards, and I very much enjoyed this collection. I like her tone and her style of writing. She paints wonderful images, as when she writes "Nearby stood a bush of peonies with big pink faces, amorous and Elizabethan in their high-colored finery". Or "How moody it was, the weather: hormonal, melodramatic, lurching from thunder to glaring sun and back again in the space of an hour". Several of the stories reference climate change [...]


    2. I'm not sure I liked it, thought the writing was wonderful and yet some of the stories stayed with me in an unpleasant way. I definitely want to read more by this author.*Instead, he felt somehow unnerved, he had a weight round his heart, a nasty sinking feeling; which was not like him at all.**He had an explosive temper, just as Lara did. The two of them were tinderbox touchy, gigantically flinty. She was sick of acting as the lightning rod for all their casual rage.**There are the facts of li [...]


    3. I feel a little harsh giving this two stars, because it wasn't offensive or too dumb or plagued with amateur prose like many other books I have rated similarly but most of these stories felt incredibly weak to me. A lot of them center around bland, unlikeable characters in inconsequential moments, and that's actually worked for me before with other short story writers, but the characters here are just too thin and frankly, so is the collection.


    4. This was a re-read and funny enough it was indeed my in-flight entertainment-- more appealing to me, for some reason, than the wealth of movies on the plane. Simpson has prose that's both gorgeous and easy, almost conversational. This book takes the domestic territory she has mastered into the dystopian. I can remember reading Diary of an Interesting Year in the New Yorker -- a story that presents the encroaching end days in diary format-- and thinking perhaps it was a bit over the top. Sorry to [...]


    5. This was second time round for me and it was no better. There’s nothing badly written or obviously bad, just a bit too preachy with too many unpleasant characters for my liking.


    6. First off, as I typically do with short story collections, let me do a brief run-down of each of the stories:#1 "In Flight Entertainment" (title story, obvs) -- Alan is boarding a flight to Chicago when he pleasantly finds he's been upgraded to first class. While on the flight, he gets in a conversation with the man seated across from him, talking most of global warming and carbon emissions, all while another passenger on the flight falls into what appears to be likely fatal illness right behind [...]


    7. Lots of the stories had a theme of climate change, as well as the impact flight has on the climate.Many of the stories occurred during travel -- flight, tube, etc.The stories are mostly vignettes in people's lives. The stories have a very British flavor to them (not surprising since she's a British author).


    8. Enjoyable book, however some short stories are written at an advanced reading level as I did find I needed a dictionary next to me to understand some of the material. There were a couple of stories that stood out, one which involved a man travelling on a plane, and his companion passenger, an elderly man who talks of woe about the future of global warming which the other man is completely at odds with. The theme of environmentalism and our carbon footprints on the planet is woven throughout the [...]


    9. I never like short stories, but this was recommended by the blogger "Mid-Life Chic" so I gave it a try. Nope, I still don't like short stories. I want to know more about the characters and the plot.


    10. Helen Simpson's new book contains some of her usual searing portraits of middle class life with its marriages and children but differently from her other books this one chooses to focus a lot on global warming. The writing is top notch as always and her gift for storytelling is apparent in every story here. It's one of the best short story collections I've read in the last couple of years, which, despite its shortness, stays with you longer than it takes to read. The title story concerns a socra [...]


    11. Last week a bloke on a workshop I attended said global warming is nonsense. Helen Simpson’s book is addressed squarely at people like him, and makes no bones about what she feels is the most pressing issue of the day, our imminent destruction if we don’t change our ways. She certainly makes you count up your plane flights – mine I think are 9 (returns), all Europe but I do have a big one to New York coming up (my daughter is studying in the USA for a year). The title story is set on board [...]


    12. I read this book based on the strength of Simpson's short story, Diary of an Interesting Year, which ran in the New Yorker about two years ago. It was one of the most riveting pieces of short fiction I'd ever read, a harrowing account of a couple in the near future fleeing London in the wake of "The Big Melt." It appears in this book as the penultimate entry, bookending the collection nicely, as the first story (if one can call them that) is about a pair of airline passengers debating global war [...]


    13. Theme tune is Come Fly With MeBBC blurb - Poignant, perceptive and dazzling, in this, her long-awaited new collection, Helen Simpson offers acute portraits of lives in transition: of changes for the better, lives stalled and in freefall; of love, loss, and sudden revelations. Warm and funny, the stories are also threaded with a sense of anxiety and fear: of growing old, of commitment, and, most worryingly, of the growing threat to the environment. In the title story, Alan, on a transatlantic fli [...]


    14. The story “Diary of an Interesting Year” appeared in the New Yorker some years back and was so striking to me in its originality, compactness, and grim effect that I was drawn to this collection by Helen Simpson. And “Diary”--set in 2040 in a swampy England ruined by climate change--remains a total gem, no doubt. It’s a great piece to teach in creative writing to demonstrate form, voice, show-don’t-tell, and so on. However, the rest of In Flight Entertainment was disappointing. Simps [...]


    15. This book shows a lot of imagination. I also got the distinct feeling that the author has a lot of knowledge about a many things. So why did I not like this book?I didn't like that every second short story in this book pushed the "global warming is happening and we have to do something now or we will all die soon" theme.I felt the author was definitely on the side of the global warming/climate change advocates and was using this medium to either scare the readers or trying to convince them into [...]


    16. Simpson's short stories are going to linger with me for a while, in a queasy sort of way. It will take me a while to dismiss this feeling. Global warming provides a common thread for many of the short stories, and man's inhumanity to man. Basically,T the characters of many of the stories are recognizable, dislikeable, and difficult to dismiss -- since the reader is bound to identify with elements of each story. --An egocentric businessman inconvenienced by another man's death in-flight.--The rap [...]


    17. In-Flight Entertainment: Stories is a bland book of stories that contains characters that are uninteresting and far from the reader's concern. The contents are made up of stories that read more like reports of small episodes or incidents in a person's daily life and have no drama that might spark the heart to beat faster. In one story a man's lover is more interested in the environment than she is in him. In another, a man loses his hearing and begins to experience internal sounds and perhaps ev [...]


    18. An entertaining but disturbing collection of stories & vignettes which spare the reader no moments of despair! An apocalyptic view of human weaknesses, culminating in in a stark story of planetary death in the near future. Helen Simpson does have some humour & wit, but the general gloomy parade of people who are losing their balance follows through to the final story, 'Charm For A Friend with A Lump'! I liked the nod to my beloved Crystal Palace F.C. in 'Homework', with its line"He's goi [...]


    19. The theme of this collection is the end of the world, with the cause assumed to be the lack of resources and increased global temperature associated with cheap, constant air travel. Some of the characters have given up hope for the future, some are full of optimism, some are ignorant. It's an enjoyable short read. Kind of a downer, for obvious reasons. Most of its straight realism, but one story delves into the fantastic with a conference of dead writers, who you can meet and talk to and ask que [...]


    20. I picked this small book of short stories at the library. I had not heard of the author before. She is British. There are a lot of quotes praising her writing on the back so I brought it home. The stories are well written, rather caustic, but the theme of the stories made me uncomfortable. Practically every story was about the inevitable end of the world due to climate change. I do believe in climate change but I don't like it to be thrown in my face at every opportunity. I am like many people i [...]


    21. I don't know why I thought this would be a book about fun stories from an airline. It totally wasn't. It started off strong, as short story books like these do and then died a horrible horrible death. Thankfully, the upside was there was nothing to follow, each chapter was it'\s own story, they were short, the book was small and short and it was over quickly. Some where entertaining, some where boring, I don't remember any of them and I doubt I'll remember this book in a month from now. Also, th [...]


    22. Well written, but ugh, what a depressing look at the future of mankind. Each story touches on climate change and it's future effects in some horribly damaging way. Very darkly funny though too--for instance one story is a monologue of a person trying to convince a investor in the need for personal carbon imprint coaches, like life coaches. I really like her collection "Getting a Life" where the thread running though seemed to be modern motherhood, while dry and ironic, it didn't seems as doomed [...]


    23. This is the second collection of Simpson's short stories I've read. I enjoyed this newer collection more than the first. A word of warning: if you think global warming is a load of twaddle, you may want to pass on it. It's the theme of many of the stories. She's a bit heavy-handed about it at times. Diary of an Interesting Year, Homework, and the title story stand out to me, and attending the Festival of the Immortals would be a dream come true.


    24. Another good collection of short stories from Helen Simpson. Sumptuous prose and fresh imagery as one would expect. The climate change references seem a little contrived at times, although in places they were thought-provoking and positively chilling. My favourite of Simpson's collections remain 'Dear George' and 'Hey yeh right get a life.'


    25. Beautiful writing carries you along through these very short stories, some more dramatic monologue than narrative. Somewhat monotone though- the characters all limited by different kinds of dishonesty. But it's worth continuing through this short collection for the last one-I want to memorize it and recite it to myself on bad days.


    26. I'm not a frequent reader of short stories but really enjoyed these. I particularly liked: In Flight EntertainmentScanI'm Sorry But I'll Have to Let You GoSorry?Geography BoyHomeworkThe Festival of the ImmortalsDiary of an Interesting YearClever, witty, satirical, sad, thoughtful and wonderfully done. I would definitely like to read more by this author.


    27. Masterful stories that all are concerned with the environment. And how plane travel destroys it. Although saying that belittles this project too much. The stories are grander than that. And Simpson is a great weaver of narrative. I have enjoyed her recent outings and feel like I should tackle more of her earlier work.


    28. A few of these stories are pretty half-baked - they resemble sketches or first drafts of stories than actual finished products - but more than half of them are well done, touching, sometimes humorous, always affecting slices of life. Simpson touches on global warming in over a third of them, but not in a preachy, annoying way.


    29. Every story in this collection was brilliant. I would highly recommend reading it for both the craft of short-story writing and the feeling it leaves you with about the state of our planet. Should be taught in schools, especially schools in countries where strong environmental measures are not in place.


    30. I picked up this book for $1 because I heard the author discuss it on NPR last year. (And ironically, I read most of it on a plane!) These stories were just okay, nothing that's going to stick with me.


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