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JIM CRACE, GUARDIAN – ‘A whole wide world of significance’
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MICHAEL PRODGER, EVENING STANDARD – ‘Picaresque history’
DAN JONES, DAILY TELEGRAPH – ‘Tremendously inventive’
LEV GROSSMAN, TIME MAGAZINE – ‘Thrilling history’
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‘A book as delightful as it is unexpected ... [an] extraordinary cabinet of drifting aerial wonderment, a book that will linger and last, as it floats ever upward in the mind’ Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal
Holmes presents a full-blown, lyrical history of the same subject, investigating the strangeness, detachment and powerful romance of ‘falling upwards’ into a seemingly alien and uninhabitable element. He lovingly charts ... a history full of awe and inefficiency ... A truly masterly storyteller’ Evening Standard
‘Endlessly exhilarating ... packed full of swashbuckling stories, as well as fascinating historical accounts of the use of balloons. It is also a singularly beautiful book, wonderfully designed and illustrated and quite clearly a product of love’ Mail on Sunday
‘What Holmes teases out ... is that ballooning gave us, quite literally, a different point of view ... This exhilarating book, wonderfully written, generously illustrated and beautifully published, captures all that and more’ Spectator
‘Holmes conjures an extraordinarily vivid, violent, thrilling history, full of bizarre personalities, narrow escapes and fatal plunges. A peerless prose artist, infectiously curious’ Time MagazineReseña del editor:
Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.
In this heart-lifting book, the Romantic biographer Richard Holmes floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s. It is a compelling adventure story of the kind that only Holmes could tell.
Dramatic sequences move from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of beautiful Sophie Blanchard; the revelatory ascents over the great Victorian cities and sprawling industrial towns of Northern Europe; and the astonishing long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise, and the French photographer Felix Nadar.
Later we find balloons used to observe the horrors of modern battle during the American Civil War (including a memorable flight by General Custer); the legendary tale of sixty balloons that escaped Paris during the Prussian siege of 1870; and the terrifying high-altitude flights of James Glaisher FRS who rose above seven miles without oxygen, helping to establish the new science of meteorology as well as the environmental notion – so important to us today – of a ‘fragile’ planet.
Besides the aeronauts themselves, readers will also discover the many writers and dreamers – from Mary Shelley to Edgar Alan Poe, from Charles Dickens to Jules Verne – who felt the imaginative impact of flight and allowed it to soar in their work.
Through all these adventures, the narrative continually lifts off in unexpected literary and scientific directions, exploring the interplay between technology and science fiction, the understanding of the biosphere, and the metaphysics of flight itself. Most of all, through the strange allure of the great balloonists, Holmes offers another of his subtle portraits of human endeavour, recklessness and vision.. NOTA: El libro no está en español, sino en inglés.
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Buchbeschreibung William Collins. Hardcover. Zustand: Good. No Jacket. Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers G0007386923I3N00
Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Zustand: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GOR005106834
Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Zustand: Fine. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GOR008796853
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Hardcover. Zustand: GOOD. Has little wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 0007386923_abe_gd
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Zustand: Very Good. 1610980902. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers U9780007386925
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Hardcover. Zustand: Fair. This book has some DAMAGE, which is usually a tear, a sc dents, bent or stainon the edge, pages are clean, no missing pages. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers C-gj24-07270
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Hardcover. Zustand: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 2096755
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Zustand: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. Please note the Image in this listing is a stock photo and may not match the covers of the actual item,950grams, ISBN:9780007386925. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 8808038
Buchbeschreibung William Collins, 2013. Hardcover. Zustand: Very Good. Hardback with dustjacket. Some shelfwear to DJ otherwise no damage, internally clean. Very good condition. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers I15E60006
Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. Zustand: As New. Shop stock, very slight shelf wear, Near perfect. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers RO01569