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North to the Orient

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

(Book - 1967)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
North to the Orient
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In 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh set off on a flight to the Orient by the Great Circle Route. The classic North to the Orient is the beautifully written account of the trip.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Company, 1967
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 0156671409
Branch Call Number: 910.4 L74n 1967
Characteristics: x, 147 p. ;,21 cm

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In 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh set off on a flight to the Orient by the Great Circle Route. The classic North to the Orient is the beautifully written account of the trip.


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Aug 22, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is such an interesting snapshot of a very particular time in history. In 1931, after the first flights, but before people regularly traveled by plane, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and husband Charles took a two-seater prop plane from Maine to China over an arctic route. Navigation was calculated using sextants and slide rulers, radio was transmitted in Morse code. However, one aspect of this snapshot of 1931 is that Lindbergh takes on a persona that, to post-feminist me, seems very bound by her time - that of the "little wife." Her husband (very rarely does she refer to him as Charles, he's always "my husband") is masculine and dynamic and decisive while Anne paints herself as ignorant and scared and practically useless. However, she learned Morse code and how to use a radio for this flight, and spent many hours in the air sending and receiving invaluable information! Not so useless! Lindbergh's writing is slow and lyrical, quite a change from some of the other books I've read this summer! She uses imagery to great effect and has some wonderful insights into the places she saw and the people she met.

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