Turbulence by David Szalay

Turbulence

From the acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of All That Man Is, a stunning, virtuosic novel about twelve people, mostly strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the world.A woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence. He returns home to tragic news that has also impacted another stranger, a shaken p...


Details Turbulence

TitleTurbulence
ISBN9781982122737
Author
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Short Stories, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Turbulence

  • Angela M
    2019-06-25
    3.5 rounded up Theres a lot of turbulence in the lives of the characters in this collection of connected stories, not just the turbulence in the plane ride in the first chapter. The stories are too short for me to have felt any emotional connection to any of the characters, but the emotions and issues touched on here were recognizable and in some cases relatable, if that makes any sense. This is a skillfully written book with each story usually a...
  • marilyn
    2019-07-07
    I wasn't sure how I would like a book had us meeting people for only a short time, before sending us off with another person for a short time, over and over again. But I really liked this book despite not getting to know more about each person and what would happen in their life after our brief meeting. I became so used to the structure of the book that I didn't want it to be over and wondered how I would feel when we'd come to end of our journey...
  • Elyse Walters
    2019-09-15
    I wrote a review- lost it - not going to worry about. If I find it - Ill post it later. This thin book was totally enjoyable to me- I was so curious of where it was going to go ... I loved the snapshots of peoples lives. Ha... if I sit next to on the plane -I just might be that annoying passenger who wants to hear all about you. What stands out as a clear message to me is: we dont need to know a person very long to feel connected to them. Brillia...
  • JanB
    2019-10-22
    3.5 stars The world really is a village, a concept brought home in this slim volume. There are 12 chapters, each featuring a different person who is traveling on a flight to a different city. Their stories overlap, with each character suffering a crises and somehow connected to a character in the previous chapter. By the end, the reader has traversed the globe and the story comes full circle. What a brilliant structure for a book and a beautiful ...
  • Victoria
    2019-08-17
    A daisy chain of stories that even this non-fan of short stories found entirely absorbing. The dozen chapters each introduce a character with a link to the previous and while the stories are minimal, the glimpses into humanity are revealing. Starting on a flight from London to Madrid then traveling to numerous cities before coming full circle with the final chapter, Szalay manages to upend your perception of each character as they move from seco...
  • Gumble's Yard
    2018-12-14
    BDP-LHR: David Szalay, who lives in Budapest, was shortlisted for the London based 2014 Booker prize for his book All That Man Is a collection of short stories, examining the crisis of masculinity, and which the judges felt to be eligible as a novel and fulfilling the unified and substantive work criteria.LHR-LAX: The winner of the Booker Prize that year was Sellout a novel set in Los Angeles and which has been criticised as an attempt at stand...
  • Tim
    2020-01-08
    I found this story short and strange in a nutshell. Perhaps someone else will find something different. 2 of 10 stars
  • Sue
    2019-07-19
    Turbulence has proven to be an interesting concept, well executed. While I did not find that every story had identical power, most made me think afterward or caused me to consider something in my own life. This collection of linked stories takes an unusual point for connection: characters either meet while traveling by plane or meet a character from one story who has traveled to the next destination/story.These men and women are linked as parents...
  • Kathleen
    2019-07-17
    Szalays twelve short vignettes circle the globe and feature people that are experiencing some turbulence in their lives. The chapters cite international airport codes, so LGW-MAD covers a flight from London to Madrid. This flight actually does suffer severe turbulence and causes a woman to fall ill while sitting next to a man from Senegal. The next chapter follows the Senegalese man to Dakar where he learns that his son has been hit by a taxi. Th...
  • Scott
    2019-11-26
    "What she hated about even mild turbulence was the way it ended the illusion of security, the way that it made it impossible to pretend that she was somewhere safe . . ." -- the first passenger, on page 8Szalay's Turbulence is a sort-of hyperlink story (or reminiscent of Robert Altman's signature ensemble films, like Nashville or Short Cuts) in which the reader jumps from one character to the next, and the initially murky connections sooner or la...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-08-18
    This is what I think is called a "fix-up" novel, where a string of short stories link together somewhat to form a larger hole. The characters are briefly introduced in relation to a flight they are taking, and another character leaves from that airport and flies to another. Of course by the end there are some connections, but you don't necessarily get a full story from any of the characters, which I ended up feeling was a bit of a shame, because ...
  • Donna
    2019-05-11
    "So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go" - John DenverTurbulence is a group of situational vignettes, each story grabbing the hand of the preceding one through a common character, until at last the book circles round back to the first. The stories span the globe, as one person in each flies to another coun...
  • Robert Sheard
    2019-11-14
    This very brief novela novella reallyis just wonderful. In the twelve chapters, each one titled using the airport codes for a flight one of the characters has made, we meet a series of characters who are all connected in some way. Some of the connections are filial, some merely accidental, but the whole novel demonstrates how all of us are interconnected in some way. It's a very tightly-structured, fascinating series of mini-portraits that are at...
  • Rebecca
    2018-12-04
    (3.5) These 12 linked short stories, commissioned for BBC Radio 4, focus on travel and interconnectedness. Each is headed by a shorthand route from one airport to another, and at the destination we set out with a new main character who has crossed paths with the previous one. For instance, in YYZ SEA the writer Marion Mackenzie has to cancel a scheduled interview when her daughter Annie goes into labor. Theres bad news about the baby, and when M...
  • The Artisan Geek
    2019-04-30
    14/5/19My review is up on my Youtube channel: Turbulence Review1/5/19Loved it!! Such an beautiful display of humanity, how we in emotional situations are most vulnerable and open to others! Such a great read! This is going on my crushing pile of books to review on my Youtube channel!! :D30/4/19A sincere thank you to Scribner for sending over this book! I know I say this all the time, but I LOVE short stories!!! :DYou can find me onYoutube | Insta...
  • Paul
    2019-09-14
    Interesting collections of interwoven vignettes. I enjoyed the postulating idea that the human race is all connected. I, unfortunately, felt that the stories themselves were a little too simple. And every story tended to be depressing and or negative (humanity has to have at least one positive within it. right? Or what's the point?).
  • Tuti
    2019-09-05
    loved it! superb collection of 12 interconnected short stories, exquisitely written, exploring the modern globalization of family and human relationship in general, with resulting air travels from spain or budapest to see a sick son or father in london, from quatar to budapest or toronto to seattle to see a daughter etc.a quick, pleasurable, very intelligent, sad & funny read - highly recommended!
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    2020-01-30
    This overlapping and thematically connected short story collection was really fascinating! What worked really well for me was the linearity we followed in terms of the flight paths, and how connection were made between the stories so the reader felt a sense of flow that way. I also loved the geographic reach and range of perspectives (intersecting with different genders, classes, professions etc), and found myself particularly moved by the initia...
  • Krista
    2019-06-13
    What she hated about even mild turbulence was the way it ended the illusion of security, the way that it made it impossible to pretend that she was somewhere safe. She managed, thanks to the vodka, more or less to ignore the first wobble. The next was less easy to ignore, and the one after that was violent enough to throw her neighbour's Coke into his lap. And then the pilot's voice, suddenly there again, and saying, in a tone of terrifying serio...
  • Annette
    2018-12-18
    Not bad, it held my attention and is nicely written but the whole thing is slight. Not even really a collection of short stories though the connections are skilfully made, each story is too short and the whole isn't saying much other than lots of people lots of connections. Another offering by an author who is very talented but has probably been pushed into publication with 'something' to keep their publisher happy.
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    2019-01-22
    Szalay has always propelled his characters into motion and here he takes his approach to storytelling to its natural place: twelve linked people flying from place to place. Each of them is in turmoil and disrupted. The common (unfair in my opinion) criticisms of his incredible book All That Man Is may well have weighed on him and here he has a much broader cast of characters. But toxic masculinity is still his target and he delves with a lovely l...
  • Ron S
    2019-08-14
    Linked together by a simple yet quietly brilliant device, twelve people collectively circle the globe, touching upon each other's lives with far less than seven degrees of separation. The spare writing wastes not a single word and conveys multitudes about our interconnectedness, co-existing with the essential loneliness of the human condition.
  • Alex
    2019-09-05
    3. 5Listened to the audiobook in one sitting. Admittedly not as breathtaking as that other book about international travel (Flights) but it did grow on me with each successive linked short story.
  • Bandit
    2019-01-08
    The concept of interconnectivity has often been utilized in narration, but (for me at least) it seems to have always been more of a cinematic affair. Turbulence, though, does it in book form and oh so well. This slim volume of tangentially connected stories, each jetting off (literally since as the title might have given away they are all tied together by plane flights) where the last one left off until coming around in a circle to where it began...
  • Emily
    2019-07-04
    Turbulence can either be read as a novel, or a set of short stories. Each story has to do with a plane flight, and each new main character is someone who was in the previous story. It was a great setup, but since this book was novella-length, I felt like I didn't have enough time to get to know any of the characters. A lot of them were going through big things, but you only spent a few pages with each of them. Every time I would start to get inve...
  • Petra
    2019-02-03
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is basically 12 short stories, each story with a new main character that has at some point crossed paths with the main character from the previous chapter. In the end, it all goes full circle.I didn't think I would like this book so much. Short stories just aren't my thing. I did wish that some of the chapters were longer so we could learn more about the chara...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    2019-04-11
    Turbulence is a masterful string of pearls, each story connected to the former until they come full circle. Identified by the airport designation code as the chain makes its way around the world. Near the center, there is a profound sentence that encapsulates the entire sense of each story: "It was one of those events ... that make us what we are, for ourselves and for other people. They just seem to happen, and then they're there forever, and sl...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    2019-04-22
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'She was very aware of her failure to be equal to the needs of this moment. 'In these connected stories each character is on a journey, be it on an airplane, within memories, or flying to their future. The title isnt lost on readers, what is life but an irregular motion disturbed not by currents but by every experience, however great or small, one encounters? Human beings, despite their location ...
  • Joseph
    2019-03-20
    Really easy read. Read it throughout one day. I felt like there were so many things missing. It didnt flow. I kept going back and saying to myself are there pages missing? am i missing something? what? I didnt get it. The first chapter leading into the second made sense. Then it got messy. And didnt flow. His characters repeated themselves so many times. I assume that was to fill the pages up? Really easy read. Read it throughout one day. I fel...
  • Mary Beth Keane
    2019-04-20
    Strangely, their life went on outwardly as normal for a while after that, though with a kind of silence at the heart of it. “Strangely, their life went on outwardly as normal for a while after that, though with a kind of silence at the heart of it.”