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by Samuel Hynes

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Samuel Hynes
Frederic C Beil (June 1, 2001)
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Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the . Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Flights of Passage.

Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. The Soldiers' Tale, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Samuel Hynes at his home in Princeton, . After serving as a pilot with the Marines in World War II, he taught literature at Swarthmore, Northwestern and Princeton. Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times. Professor Hynes’s books Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator (1988), a memoir, and The Soldiers’ Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War (1997), a study of memoirs, diaries and other writing about war, delivered civilians to body-strewn battlefields and rat-infested trenches to answer the essential question, he wrote in The New York Times.

Flights of Passage book. Samuel Hynes belonged to that generation of American males who were thrust into the maelstrom of World War 2, straight from high school. By the time he was old enough and eligible to join the Marines, the requirement that all pilots must have 2 years of college education had been dropped. So, at 19, he entered flight school and wound up as a dive bomber pilot in the Pacific. Pilots are often brash, loud, and cocky.

very sweet, too short. com User, September 3, 2008. well written, a realistic portrayal of parts of the war that we really don't think that much about, my only substantial criticism is that it is an awfully short book for the price. An Interesting Tale of Aviation Service in the Pacific. com User, December 28, 2001.

by. Hynes, Samuel Lynn. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Recollections Of A World War Ii Aviator.

As a fledgling aviator, Hynes trained chiefly at makeshift military bases near tank towns in America's Sunbelt. Recollections Of A World War Ii Aviator.

Samuel Hynes was Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of THE EDWARDIAN TURN OF MIND, EDWARDIAN OCCASIONS, and THE AUDEN GENERATION, among other books. Hynes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is recipient of an Air Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He resides with his wife in Princeton, New Jersey. an authentic fragment, poignant and real, of a great and tumultuous past.

Why read Samuel Hynes’s Flights of Passage? . Hynes wrote this book 40 years after the war, as a tenured professor of literature at Princeton.

Why read Samuel Hynes’s Flights of Passage? There are probably hundreds of World War II flight-related memoirs. This is certainly one of the best written.

About Flights of Passage. Sam Hynes was eighteen when he left his Minnesota home for navy flight school in 1943

About Flights of Passage. Samuel Hynes served as a consultant on The War, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and appears on camera in several episodes. The War is a seven-part, 14-hour documentary series that debuts on PBS on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Sam Hynes was eighteen when he left his Minnesota home for navy flight school in 1943. By the time the war ended he was a veteran Marine pilot, still not quite twenty-one, and had flown more than a hundred missions in the Pacific theater.

Samuel Haynes (1899 - 1971) was an African-Caribbean Belizean soldier, activist and poet. He was a leader of the 1919 riot by Belizean soldiers who had fought for Great Britain in World War I and refused to accept racial discrimination at home

Samuel Haynes (1899 - 1971) was an African-Caribbean Belizean soldier, activist and poet. He was a leader of the 1919 riot by Belizean soldiers who had fought for Great Britain in World War I and refused to accept racial discrimination at home. In 1925, he composed the lyrics of a song named "Land of the Gods", which later became Belize's national anthem, "Land of the Free".

In World War II Sam Hynes was a young Marine bomber pilot. He flew more than a hundred missions against the Japanese at Okinawa and Ulithi. But now, some sixty years later, it is not the mechanics of flying and war-making that remain uppermost in this pilot's memory. What Hynes remembers best and describes so eloquently in this memoir are the sensations he experienced in his rites of passage from untrained cadet to war-weary aviator, from youthful innocence to manhood. Hynes tells the story of his training and fighting, and of the growing up that went with it, by re-creating the world of the 1940's as he knew it. A Midwestern boy, he was just eighteen when he left home to learn to fly and turned twenty-one at the war's end. In the decades since, Hynes has become an established author; and here his lucid, simple style engages the reader in his exploration of the mysteries of coming of age in wartime. With humor and compassion Hynes presents unforgettable portraits of his fellow aviators. Neither judgmental nor sentimental, his disciplined understatement communicates an acute sense of the spectacular madness of war--the exhilaration and tedium, the admiration for a pilot's prowess, the inpenetrable absurdity of the death of friends. At the same time, he gives us a sense of the wondrous feeling of flying--that harmony that exists between a pilot and his machine aloft in the unsubstantial air.
  • While I have great respect for his service to our country, and he is a good writer, I have to say that I found the book rather dull. It's my own fault for not reading more of the posted reviews, but 3/4 of this book is about training to become a pilot. It's interesting for a while, but eventually gets repetitive. When he does finally head off to the war it's almost over, and most (but not all) of his missions are rather mundane. Not his fault, to be sure -- but it doesn't make for great reading. There are a few exciting and memorable passages, but much of the book is filled with exploits about drinking too much, singing bawdy songs, and (other) marines chasing women. It is a decent coming of age story, and his descriptions of his love of flying are memorable. But if you are hoping for some exciting combat stories, best to look elsewhere.

  • As Mr. Gravely mentioned, I also noticed the DeLand connection. I wasn't necessarily looking for a book; rather I was searching the Web to see if I could find out more about the DeLand Naval Air Station where my father was stationed between 1943 and 1945, a CPO A.R.T. whose primary job was to install and repair radar equipment and antennas on Dauntless dive bombers (SBDs). When my search hit on Professor Hynes' book, I just had to buy it.

    I thought I would stop reading when I found the information I was looking for, but I found myself becoming engrossed in the story and had to finish it. I'm glad I did.

    I contacted Mr. Hynes on the hopes he had met my father (who passed away several years ago), since Dad had told me he rode in a number of the planes in order to get flight pay. Mr. Hynes was gracious enough to retrieve his flight log and look for my father's name, but it appears they did not cross paths. In his response, he alluded to his attitude at the time toward the enlisted men who kept the planes flying.

    I'll admit that my rating of this book might not have been as high had it not been for the personal connection, but it is what it is. I'll not repeat the details you can get from all the other reviews--they're pretty accurate, for the most part. But I will say that if we only record the actions of the best, the most efficienct, the most consciencious, and the bravest, then we haven't told the whole story.

    I think most of the men and women who served during that time were sick of everything to do with the war by the time it was over. On that note, I'll close with the last two lines of a poem my dad wrote back then: "And this is the sad story of a disgusted gob, I hope to hell I never get another antenna job."

  • Great writing, of course (see my review of "The Growing Seasons" by this author). Not quite as masterful a story, but I'm sure it reflects his life at the time. Maybe a bit light on substance but then Sam was in a kind of vacuum, as were many others on both sides. But, hey, I was in the air force too and I know that the peer-pressured goals were (are?) getting laid and getting drunk. I'll never get over being astonished that these young guys could go out and party and drink like fish until 2 or 3 AM and then get up before dawn and still and move those dangerous machines around with such alacrity. A mystery.

  • WW2 history buffs, especially those who enjoy Naval and Marine Corps Aviation history, will not want to miss this book. My father was a Navy pilot and flew TBMs off the USS Wasp during the same period. I was a mechanic on Marine Corps F4Bs in Vietnam. So this book was interesting to me from two perspectives. Well worth the price and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The author's enthusiasm for writing this book shows in the first three-quarters or so that deal with his dive-bomber training. The writing is agile and his interest is obvious. Then, when he moves into combat, which involves the late stages around Okinawa, his interest appears to flag, as well as the quality of writing. He fails to deliver on the promise, in a sense, and appears bored with the subject.

  • Bought this for my boss, a Marine Vietnam vet, who much enjoys reading. However, he is picky about what he reads and is a bit hard to buy for. After reading reviews, I took a chance on this book and another Samuel Hynes book, The Soldiers' Tale: Bearing Witness to a Modern War, and bought them both for him for Christmas. He tells me truly enjoyed both.

  • Another unforgetable book by Sam Hynes

  • Excellent