The Flight Portfolio

The Flight PortfolioThe Flight Portfolio Epub Author Julie Orringer The Long Awaited New Work From The Best Selling Author Of The Invisible Bridge Takes Us Back To Occupied Europe In This Gripping Historical Novel Based On The True Story Of Varian Fry S Extraordinary Attempt To Save The Work, And The Lives, Of Jewish Artists Fleeing The Holocaust.In 1940, Varian Fry A Harvard Educated American Journalist Traveled To Marseille Carrying Three Thousand Dollars And A List Of Imperiled Artists And Writers He Hoped To Rescue Within A Few Weeks Instead, He Ended Up Staying In France For Thirteen Months, Working Under The Veil Of A Legitimate Relief Organization To Procure False Documents, Amass Emergency Funds, And Set Up An Underground Railroad That Led Over The Pyrenees, Into Spain, And Finally To Lisbon, Where The Refugees Embarked For Safer Ports Among His Many Clients Were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, Andr Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, And Marc Chagall The Flight Portfolio Opens At The Chagalls Ancient Stone House In Gordes, France, As The Novel S Hero Desperately Tries To Persuade Them Of The Barbarism And Tragedy Descending On Europe Masterfully Crafted, Exquisitely Written, Impossible To Put Down, This Is Historical Fiction Of The Very First Order, And Resounding Confirmation Of Orringer S Gifts As A Novelist.

Julie Orringer is an American author born in Miami, Florida Her first book, How to Breathe Underwater, was published in September 2003 by Knopf Publishing Group She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney s, Ploughshares, Zoetrope All Story, The Pushcart Prize Ant

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  • Hardcover
  • 576 pages
  • The Flight Portfolio
  • Julie Orringer
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 9780307959409

10 thoughts on “The Flight Portfolio

  1. Tammy says:

    Throughout 1940 American and Harvard grad, Varian Fry, smuggled out of Marseille primarily Jewish avant garde artists Flight Portfolio is a fictionalized account of Fry s work with the Emergency Rescue Committee to save some of the most brilliant minds of Europe from the Nazis Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Franz Werfel, Marcel DuChamp, and Hannah Arendt were among those who received aid This historical novel is not just an exciting narrative of heroism and valor rooted in reality, although it is that It also presents questions about the value of life and how to live In other words, does the ability to wield a paintbrush or pen make that life valuable than that of another without talent And, what is required to live one s life with authenticity rather than to live a lie In addition to these potent questions there is a love story and it is a love story rather than a rom...

  2. Elyse Walters says:

    To be in Marseille, not Paris, still carried a certain novelty, a whiff of the unknown If Paris reeked of sex, opera, art, and decadent poverty, Marseille reeked of underground crime, opportunism, trafficked cocaine, rowdy tavern song Paris was a woman, a fallen woman in the arms of her Nazi captors but Marseille was a man, a schemer in a secondhand coat, ready to sell his soul or whatever else came quickly to hand It doesn t take long to fall in love with Varian Fry who was an American journalist He ran a rescue network in France helping Jewish refugees and anti Nazi s escape Nazi Germany and the HolocaustHe helped between 2,000 and 4,000 people.Julie Orringer who wrote The Invisible Bridge one of my favorite bookshas written a gripping historical fiction again I ve been waiting anxiously and excitedly for years for Julie s second novel Oh it s FABULOUS She educates her readers while totally transporting us back to a time in history in the most intimate ways.The year was 1940Varian Fry was staying at ...

  3. Book of the Month says:

    Why I love itby Brianna GoodmanBefore I tell you why I loved this book, let me tell you why I thought I wouldn t 1 It s over 500 pages, which often makes me wish a book had been harshly edited 2 It s about World War II, and, having read World War II novels than I can count, I ve grown tired of tropes that often repeat in these stories 3 I picked it up during a massive reading slump that left me no choice but to binge watch Game of Thrones So when I tell you this book reignited my reading life and restored my fried brain, it s not hyperbole This book is just that good.The Flight Portfolio is a fictionalized account of the life of Varian Fry, an American who saves renowned Jewish artists from the Holocaust by smuggling them out of occupied France From securing false passports, to bribing police officers, to hustling refugees across the border, Varian and his team risk their own lives daily to save the lives and works of now legendary figures But when a former flame seeks Varian out to save the life of a boy he knows, Varian finds himself torn between duty and love for the man he never thought he d see again.The topics in this book are massive forbidde...

  4. Lisa says:

    The Flight Portfolio refers to a collection of art that Varian Fry hopes will help the cause of Jewish artists trapped in early 1940s Europe But most of his attention is not on the art, but on helping the artists escape Nazi capture This is an ambitious novel that walks the tightrope of telling a historical figure s documented story while also creating his fictional love life.Mostly, Orringer succeeds brilliantly The downside is that the momen...

  5. Candace says:

    I did not want this book to end.Don t Google Varian Fry before reading The Flight Portfolio Let the novel surprise you.Varian arrives in Vichy France in 1940, with 3000, a visa for a few weeks, and a list of Jewish artists he was to attempt to rescue Fry is a Harvard graduate and a journalist of sorts He s married to a woman who is a power at the powerful Atlantic magazine, and who is behind much of the the funding for this rescue effort Arriving in Marseilles, he gathers a group of people around...

  6. Kasa Cotugno says:

    Flight Portfolio is an ambitious, well written, lengthy novel using as its framework the life of Varian Fry However it should be approached as a novel, not a biography, since there is an added key element of Fry s being gay, referenced by professional reviewers, which apparently did not have a basis in fact but is fabricated for plot purposes It is very effective here since it makes for an exciting, poignant storyline I admit to not having ...

  7. Rebecca says:

    4.5 Orringer s The Invisible Bridge, my highlight from last summer s reading, was the saga of a Hungarian Jewish family s experiences in the Second World War while The Flight Portfolio again charts the rise of Nazism and a growing awareness of Jewish extermination, it s a very different though equally affecting narrative Its protagonist is a historical figure, Varian Fry, a Harvard educated journalist who founded the Emergency Rescue Committee to help at risk artists and writers escape to the United States from France, and many of the supporting characters are also drawn from real life.In 1940, when Varian is 32, he travels to Marseille to coordinate the ERC s operations on the ground Every day his office interviews 60 refugees and chooses 10 to recommend to the command center in New York City Varian and his staff arrange bribes, fake passports, and exit visas to get Jewish artists out of the country via the Pyrenees or various sea routes Their famous clients include Hannah Arendt, Andr Breton, Marc Chagall, Andr Gide and members of Thomas Mann s family, all of whom make cameo appearances.Police raids and deportation are constant threats, but there is still joy and absurdity to be found in daily life, especially thanks to Breton and the other Surrealists who soon share Varian s new headquarters at Villa Air Bel which you can tour virtually here They host dinner parties one in the nude based around games ...

  8. Maine Colonial says:

    I received a free publisher s advance review copy.I have always been interested in learning about Varian Fry and his impressive efforts to get so many artists out of the reach of the Nazis and their minions Of course I knew that this book is fiction, but I had the preconception that the fiction characterization would be necessary to assign thoughts and feelings to Fry that couldn t be verified through historical records It turns out there is a lot fiction than that in this book.Orringer has done a great deal of research and gives us the details of Fry s work, which is challenging, frustrating, dangerous and inspiring She also gives us insight into Fry s humanity and the doubts he sometimes has about many aspects of his mission and about himself She s an elegant writer and her descriptions of France, especially Marseilles, are beautiful and evocative These things are obviously all to the good.Historical fiction is a risky proposition The writer is expected to be true to the history, but place fictional characters in...

  9. Julius Adams says:

    I will be a naysayer here.I must be getting old because this novel is like so many others that are not doing it for me The true story is so much better than this And it is an important story about what was happening then, and also for our times But this tritely written book is not the answer Why turn this into fiction, with an understory of gay love that didn t happen and...

  10. Anne says:

    I have only read 20% of this novel but must write a small review already I was so excited to learn months ago that Julie Orringer had written a novel, The Flight Portfolio, about the the work of Varian Fry I started reading it as soon as it was published To my increasingly great dismay and disbelief I find that Orringer has fabricated a male lover for Varian Fry Not only that, but his obsession with this man takes up so much space in the book that it diminishes the focus on the real story, saving refugees, which Fry does while risking his own life on a daily basis This story is thrilling enough all by itself without the added sexual relationship For me, it diminishes rather than maintains my interest and focus Perhaps if I hadn t already read 2 biographies about Fry I would feel differently These include A Quiet American The Secret War of Varian Fry and A Hero of Our Own The Story of Varian Fry I asked myself why a male lover was never mentioned in these biographies Perhaps, I thought, Orringer s research found something these biographers didn t or didn t chose to include But then I found a New York Times review of this book which stated Even the glamour of the homoerotic, which fuels Orringer s engine of suspense, turns threadbare through overexposure In scene after scene, Varian s leg slid...

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