The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story The Boy Who Fell Out Of The Sky In This Stunning, Emotionally Charged Memoir, Dornstein Pens A Heartbreaking But Profoundly Hopeful Book About Finding Beauty In The Midst Of Tragedy Dornstein Weaves His Own Coming Of Age Story With That Of His Brother David, Who Was Killed In The Crash Of Pan Am Flight Over Lockerbie, Scotland Full Description

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  • Paperback
  • The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story
  • Ken Dornstein
  • English
  • 24 June 2019
  • 9780340899687

10 thoughts on “The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story

  1. says:

    The author lost his brother in the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster This book probably only serves to remember loved ones of his brother, not the average reader Although I felt great sympathy for the author, he obviously has serious emotional problems of his own, judging by his relationships that follow the disaster This book was truly a grind to get through and lacked the author s real emotions in his prose A writer either needs to be willing to give of himself to his readers or don t bother.

  2. says:

    On page 206 of Ken Dornstein s The Boy Who Fell out of the Sky he wondered how long I would dedicate my life to retracing his steps The person he is referring to is his brother, David, who was tragically killed on December 21st, 1988, when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland I, myself, wondered the same thing How much time would he dedicate to retracing his brother s steps, and how long could I stand reading about it While I understand Dornstein s need to grieve the loss of his brother and to make sense of his death, even to write about it, I don t understand the necessity to have us read about it, except in that he is fulfilling his brother s unfulfilled need to write, finish, and publish something of his own This book is a hot mess in terms of chronology, writing style, laborious detail, repetition, etc I struggled to plod through this book it took me over a week hoping that there would eventually be something redeeming about it I am afraid I was disappointed.Lest you think that this is the story of what led up to this act of terrorism, the event itself, and the aftermath, be warned that The Boy Who Fell out of the Sky is not this at all It is Ken Dornstein s painful, long exploration of his brother s short twenty five year life, largely through the reading of the copious notebooks David kept in his attempt to be a writer David clearly suffered from mental health issues you know, the suffering of an artist and all of that Years of abuse at the hands of a pedophile, his parents divorce at a critical stage, and his mother s own mental illness make this understandable I even wondered at times if David had something to do with the Pan Am Flight 103 incident And the author appeared to have had have some mental health issues of his own At times, the two brothers almost became one, and it was difficult to tell whose story was being told Dornstein eventually even dated, married, and had children with his brother s former long time love interest There is much here in terms of thematic material to contemplate the nature of love, memory, loss, grief, divorce, the struggling artist, the battle toward self realization, the repercussions on the victim of pedophilia, the act of writing, mental health, etc However, I don t think most readers will struggle through this to get to the conclusions Dornstein draws about these things.Dornstein says on page 286, There was a time when I might have dedicated my life to findingthat one last detail about David from that one last person still living who d had contact with him, a detail that would somehow end David s story in a way I could live with He finally is able to end this story for himself For me that story could have ended much sooner.As a young adult librarian, I find nothing here that will draw and keep a teen reader Not recommended.

  3. says:

    December 21, 1988 was Syracuse University s 9 11 among the 282 people who were killed when a terrorist bomb blew up an airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland were 34 Syracuse University students who were returning home after a semester abroad Eighteen years after living through this tragedy with the Syracuse community, I discovered this book and still couldn t read it for than a year The author of the book, Ken Dornstein, also lost his brother, David, that day, an aspiring writer who was flying home from London to see his family In an attempt to discover about his older brother, Ken goes on a journey from his brother s closet where he finds boxesof old manuscripts to Lockerbie where he discovers answers to questions he never even thought about He wants some closure tothe tragedy but discovers the parallels that his own personal frustrations, hopes and dreams have to his brother s This is a very thoughtful book written by a loving brother who discovers the essence of the sibling he lost.

  4. says:

    On December 21, 1988, Ken s brother David was killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 flight over Lockerbie, Scotland David was a writer Ken tries to make peace with David s death by reading the stacks of notebooks and letters left behind When doing so he finds something he was not expecting Good book but not what I was expecting At times it feels like a book about Ken than it does about David.

  5. says:

    I see this book as a tremendous act of courage by Ken Dornstein Although it seems he had no other option but to write about his brother s tragic death, he could have written many other stories By entwining his own pain, confusion, faults, longing, and fears with those of his brother s, he gives the reader a double tracked exploration of an often desperate life cut short and a likewise desperate query of what it means to live a life truly your own, or if that is even possible This is a process, not a journey which implies an end enlightened and well carried by Dornstein s thoughtful, beautiful writing.

  6. says:

    With such a story to tell, you d think this would be a stunning read The author s brother, David, who always said he was going to die in a plane crash actually did die in a plane crash and it s not his fault David who always saw his death as the only route to his being published finally gets his wish It s almost too impossible to be true, yet it is The surviving brother, Ken, ends up marrying the late brother s girlfriend and insists it had nothing to do with their shared love and mourning for David How could this not be fascinating And even incredibly, it manages not to be as interesting as you d imagine Put in the hands of a writer who had a sense of momentum and tension, yes But here it sits on the page, lacking a pulse Dornstein is a competent writer, but no .

  7. says:

    The first and last part of the book were interesting It told the story of the airline that was bombed out of the sky over Lockerbie a few years ago The author s brother was on the flight He researched what happened and tracked his brother as best as he could The middle of the book was a rambling of the author s concerning his brother and his piles of notebooks as he aspired to be a writer Also about the author s life during that time Both seem to have mental issues I suppose he was trying to write a tribute to his brother I read some of the middle, but soon realized the need to skip and check out the ending A good choice.

  8. says:

    The first part of this book is worth it as Dornstein s family deals with the loss of his brother David in the Lockerbie bombing However, the book then follows Dornstein s pursuit of finding out who his brother was and the pursuit gets lost in the details What could have been enlightening turned out to be tedious Inclusions of numerous manic and self obsessed journal entries became redundant The loss for Dornstein was life changing and he certainly deserves all of our sympathies Perhaps it was necessary to know his brother to understand why Dornstein wrote this book.

  9. says:

    I gave up on this book after about 120 pages I found both the narrator and his brother who died in the Lockerbie bombing to be whiny, wanky, self indulgent people who needed a ton of therapy Nothing about David s writing struck me as genius, and I found it odd that his brother ended up in relationships with his dead brother s ex girlfriends.

  10. says:

    I learned that listening by listening to NPR, you can find some good reads.

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