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Machine Dreams (original 1984; edition 1999)

by Jayne Anne Phillips

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Title:Machine Dreams
Authors:Jayne Anne Phillips
Info:Vintage (1999), Paperback, 352 pages
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"Here is the story of flying, from the dreams of ancient Greece to the wonders of the present day, presented in brief, authoritative text and superb watercolor paintings. It is a fascinating story of people and ideas, of adventure and daring, and of flying machines."
--MELVIN B. ZISFEIBN, Flight, A Panorama of Aviation
"The Greeks believed that their heroic dead appeared before the living in the form of a horse....The soul of the deceased was often depicted in horse-shape."

--NIKOLAS YALOURIS, Pegasus: The Art of the Legend

"Now he (Pegasus) flew away and left the earth, the mother of flocks, and came to the deathless gods: and he dwells in the house of Zeus and brings to wise Zeus the thunder and lightning."

--HESIOD, The Theogonty, vv, 284-86
"And the voice said:
Well you don't know me,
but I know you
And I've got a message to give to you.
Here come the planes
So you better get ready. Ready to go. You can come
as you are, but pay as you go...
They're American planes. MNade in America.
Smoking or non-smoking?"

--LAURIE ANDERSON
"O Superman"
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for my family, past and present
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It's strange what you don't forget.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375705252, Paperback)

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, the bestselling author of Shelter introduces the Hampsons, an ordinary, small-town American family profoundly affected by the extraordinary events of history. Here is a stunning chronicle that begins with the Depression and ends with the Vietnam War, revealed in the thoughts, dreams, and memories of each family member. Mitch struggles to earn a living as Jeans becomes the main breadwinner, working to coplete college and raise the family. While the couple fight to keep their marriage intact, their daughter Danner and son Billy forge a sibling bond of uncommon strength. When Billy goes off to Vietnam, Danner becomes the sole bond linking her family, whose dissolution mirrors the fractured state of America in the 1960s. Deeply felt and vividly imagined, this lyrical novel is "among the wisest of a generation to grapple with a war that maimed us all" (The Village Voice), by a master of contemporary fiction.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:06:25 -0400)

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The story of the Hampsons--Mitch, Jean, Danner, and Billy--from the Depression through the Vietnam War.

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