Saturday 8 February 2014

The Aviator's Wife

This is the fictionalised story of Charles Lindbergh's wife Anne Morrow and the important role she played in his achievements. Melanie Benjamin has done an excellent job of portraying the life in the limelight that this couple led, along with its ups and downs.

A vivid rendering of the years between the 1920s and 1960s paints an interesting historical view of the changing role of the educated woman's place in society. Charles Lindbergh is portrayed as a selfish man to whom Anne must acquiesce. Her achievements are given just recognition in this portrayal of their lives. She is acknowledged as the first female glider pilot in the United States but her role in the support of Lindbergh is all consuming often to the detriment of the relationship and her own reputation as a writer.

Having read this title I am now interested to read Gift from the sea (1955) written by Mrs Anne Lindbergh and read her account of life with Charles.

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