Did Not Finish: Up in the Air

By Walter Kirn

Ryan Bingham’s job as a Career Transition Counselor–he fires people–has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls “Airworld”, finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss’s desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate.




I think it’s important to note the books we don’t finish. One of the first ones for me in a long time was Up in the Air.

I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, since the movie came out. I wanted to read the book first and then see the movie.

I don’t think it’s a bad book, I just think it was right for me. The author can certainly write well and the energy of the whole book is snappy. But the structure of it, following a guy who basically flies for a living, is hard to settle with. So many different places, so many people… It’s hard to settle into.

I read about 100 pages and decided there are too many books in the world I want to read.

Still want to see the movie though!

What do you think? Have you read this book? Think I should give it another shot? Let me know!

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