Airport - Arthur Hailey
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Airport - Arthur Hailey

Airport - Arthur Haley


"Airport" is a magnificent creation of the famous American writer, author of many detective stories, Arthur Haley. In this novel, Haley tells about the life of the airport: about the personnel, about the various mechanisms of work that exist as a single complex organism, about the services that meet the airport's earnings, about the passengers, and all those who, in one way or another, are related to the airport. In general, that, in one way or another, in a direct or indirect sense is connected with the airport.

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Haley managed to create a number of parallel storylines that harmoniously complement each other. The novel describes the life of the airport, or rather a specific day, though it's impossible to call it an ordinary day: one of the planes gets a terrorist and drives an improvised explosive device. The airplane that suffers disaster is urgently needed to land, but this can not be done for a raging blizzard in the airport area. In addition to all the difficulties appear in the form of dispatchers, who barely cope with the huge amount of work, hundreds of disgruntled delays in passenger flights, and the arranged protest action in close proximity of residents against the intolerable noise issued by aircraft taking off only aggravates an already difficult situation. Very well described the work of the airport, while the author relieves readers of unnecessary complex technical details.

It also describes the characters perfectly: each character has its ownnot like the other character, while the heroes are not divided by 100% into positive and negative, all have their pros and cons. This is another advantage of the novel: everything is like in real life, there are no absolutely bad or good people. The plot of the novel develops rapidly and each chapter ends at the most intriguing moment, which keeps you constantly in suspense and you want to quickly start reading the next chapter. Until the very end of the novel, the intrigue remains, and it is not clear whether the story will have a happy ending. The author manages to give a touch of tragedy at the very climax of the novel, at the moment of the attempt to land the plane, the description of these actions gives goosebumps.

It is also worth mentioning the appearance of the book, since it is no secret that the more beautiful the "packaging", the more chances it will be bought. Hardcover, thick pages of excellent quality, large, well-readable font.

In the 90s, "Airport" was very popular. To have this novel in the home library dreamed (one might say, everyone) because everyone lived with one spirit in one impulse. To have a good library at home was the dream of many!


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