Takeoff by Daniele del Giudice
The Pilot's Lore

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Takeoff-a ton of inert matter transformed by the pilot into a thing of spirit and beauty. Takeoff-lifting one's shadow off the earth, entering a new element where movement is the very condition fro existence, for, as the author observes, "in life, to choose the wrong wife or the wrong lift is conventionally viewed as being matters of varying gravity, but in piloting an aircraft an act of petty oversight, because of the obvious but decisive fact that in flight there can be no stopping, can be fail." Interweaving observation and dream, Takeoff is a meditation on flying. It carries the reader up to the clouds, into a world governed by different laws, where as we look through the cockpit window-and into our own souls-we see painful new clarity. Whether he is reliving his first solo flight or recounting the mysterious disappearance of an airliner, del Giudice focuses on the edge of experience where a person learns to take nothing for granted.

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Published May 8, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Italian aviator and novelist del Giudice (Lines of Light, 1988) poetically exalts the mystery and the mortal balance of flight in this slender but affecting volume of essays.

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On a solo flight over Italy, no longer confined by the two-dimensional array of ground travel, Italian-born novelist del Giudice (Lines of Light) must adjust his senses to the vertical.

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