The Flamboyant

The Flamboyant In the tradition of Beryl Markham s West with the Night The Flamboyant tells the story of Lenora Demarest a strong willed soft spoken American beauty intent on becoming the first aviatrix in her ad

  • Title: The Flamboyant
  • Author: Lori Marie Carlson
  • ISBN: 9780060935603
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of Beryl Markham s West with the Night, The Flamboyant tells the story of Lenora Demarest, a strong willed, soft spoken American beauty intent on becoming the first aviatrix in her adopted country of Puerto Rico Born in 1900, on the cusp of divergent eras, Lenora epitomises the glamorous, wealthy, adventurous women of the 1920s and 1930s who balanced romaIn the tradition of Beryl Markham s West with the Night, The Flamboyant tells the story of Lenora Demarest, a strong willed, soft spoken American beauty intent on becoming the first aviatrix in her adopted country of Puerto Rico Born in 1900, on the cusp of divergent eras, Lenora epitomises the glamorous, wealthy, adventurous women of the 1920s and 1930s who balanced romantic, Victorian sensibilities with decidedly modern forays into traditionally male arenas When an affair with a dashing aviator and friendship with the spirited Amelia Earhart awaken her passion for flying, Lenora captivated by two cultures and loved by two men finds herself on an exhilarating path towards independence Set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial politics, The Flamboyant pays tribute to a woman generations ahead of her time.

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    1. I wanted to like this book as the story line about an aviatrix in Puerto Rico is right up my alley, but the way this is told is quite poor. The novel tends to be rushed to put it mildly. It often skips an entire year or even four years between chapters or parts, and not very much changes. The young heroine, Lenora, does not take up flight till over halfway thru the novel. Except for an occasional outing in the air, (also note there is no detail about flying at all except what things look like be [...]

    2. A rewarding book to read. The slow tempo of the book seemed reflective of the culture where it was set in Puerto Rico. The short chapters resembled like diary entries. Despite their brevity, each was a complete episode. The plot kept me guessing until the end. The characters were likeable - all were people I'd like to know better. The historical and political aspects gave interesting background about the culture, relationships between groups, the feminist movement, and aviation. It made me want [...]

    3. In entirety, the pace of the story is slow. Even if this fact was dragging as a whole, it didn't fail in vividly describing the lifestyle of a young and adventurous woman in the form of Lenora. This helped shape a picture of the status of women and the world in 1920s and 1930s. As a whole, it did lack a sense of conflict, which is somewhat bland in the story.

    4. I struggled to connect with his book. Perhaps it was the lack of dialogue? I could be misremembering (since I eventually did skim most of this book), but I felt the narration jarringly outweighed conversation. Also there were so many section breaks, so many years passed over. I don't know. I just didn't enjoy this book much.

    5. If you're looking for twists n turns in the plot, you'll be sorely disappointed for the book is quite predictable. i can't really put my finger on what i like exactly but it can be a good beach book or a travel companion

    6. Historical novel loosely based on aviatrix Clara Livingston, who was inspired to take up flying by a man who later unsuccessfully pursued her as a wife. She was an independent woman growing up in the 20s in Puerto Rico and Chattaqua, NY.

    7. Very cultural, vivd imagery. About Puerto Rico, the island feel, doesn't tie up nicely at the end but worth the read.

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