A Trip to the Stars

A Trip to the Stars A young boy and his adopted aunt become separated when the youngster is kidnapped by his wealthy eccentric great uncle but mysterious ties continue to link the two unknowingly over the fifteen year

A young boy and his adopted aunt become separated when the youngster is kidnapped by his wealthy, eccentric great uncle, but mysterious ties continue to link the two unknowingly over the fifteen year separation.

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A Trip to the Stars

  1. Nicholas Christopher was born and raised in New York City He was educated at Harvard College, where he studied with Robert Lowell and Anthony Hecht Afterward, he traveled and lived in Europe He became a regular contributor to the New Yorker in his early twenties, and began publishing his work in other leading magazines, both in the United States and abroad, including Esquire, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the Nation, and the Paris Review He has appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Norton Anthology of Poetry, the Paris Review 50th Anniversary Anthology, the Best American Poetry, Poet s Choice, the Everyman s Library Poems of New York and Conversation Pieces, the Norton Anthology of Love, the Faber Book of Movie Verse, and the Grand Street Reader He has edited two major anthologies himself, Under 35 The New Generation of American Poets Anchor, 1989 and Walk on the Wild Side Urban American Poetry Since 1975 Scribner, 1994 and has translated Martial and Catullus and several modern Greek poets, including George Seferis and Yannis Ritsos His books have been translated and published many other countries, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from various institutions, including the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts He has taught at Yale, Barnard College, and New York University, and is now a Professor on the permanent faculty of the Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University He lives in New York City with his wife, Constance Christopher, and continues to travel widely, most frequently to Venice, the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and the Grenadines.

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  1. this is then closest thing to a one size fits all book that ive come across whenever someone asks me just for something good i dont know, just with a good story , whatever , i just give them this even when they are much helpful with what they are looking for i give them this and i have had a number of people come back and tell me how much they loved it, and do i have anything like it thats the problem i dont there are shades of it in other books millhauser, harington, carroll all are amazing au [...]

  2. We had voyaged far into space and now we were returning Before leaving the solar system, we orbited the moon and several planets skating along Saturn s rings, probing Jupiter s red spot, and skimming the icy mountain ranges of Uranus We trailed a comet and threaded a swarm of meteors And after Pluto, we were among the stars glittering clusters, bracelets, and crescents that swirled around us page 1 A Trip to the Stars This is a story about fate, and yes, in this story the fate is written in the [...]

  3. Wow I don t remember what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but A Trip to the Stars far exceeded those expectations The story is intricate, beautifully written, and totally engrossing Very different than what I have read recently I read a review somewhere that said the storylines of the two main characters, Mala and Enzo, are like separate wide spirals that get tighter and tighter as they overlap and I really agree with that assessment I am so glad I invested the time I did in re [...]

  4. This may just be the best book I ve ever read A pretty lofty declaration, given how many classics and sentimental favorites are on my list, but a true one nonetheless This is not a quick read you have to be patient with it as it weaves its tapestry of overlapping fates Nicholas Christopher rushes nothing as he establishes the complex web of connections between his characters In the meantime, you will learn about philosophy, history, astronomy, arachnology, art, architecture, vampirology, and the [...]

  5. The Book of Life, Love, Dreams and Epicness Beyond that did not read to me I wanted to like A Trip to the Stars than I did You know that feeling of hearing about the very detailed dream someone has and you feel like you re probably missing a freaking ton of back story The symbols that represent so much don t mean anything to you People are people who wear masks of other people It must mean an awful lot to the person having it It ties in all of those things that they ve been thinking about in th [...]

  6. I absolutely loved Christopher s The Bestiary so I was really looking forward to this book this might explain why I was less than thrilled by it I really enjoy his imagination and the unusual characters he creates but something in this book just fell flat for me I kept thinking to myself, this could be amazing And I don t think this review will be helpful at all because I can t exactly decide what was wrong with the book because on a lot of levels it was captivating and exciting I loved the Hote [...]

  7. Right from the start, the author lets us know that the characters, events, and physical items in the parallel stories of Loren Enzo and Alma Mala, which diverge in the first chapter, will fit together like a puzzle at the end The reader can easily figure some things out yet that did not keep me from wanting to follow all the paths as they moved to their inevitable conclusion On one level this book is a soap opera about several interrelated dysfunctional families falling apart and colliding in a [...]

  8. 3.5A Trip to the Stars is an epic in the truest sense of the world it tells the story of multiple journeys across the globe, and beyond, and the intersections of our lives that have a profound impact on ourselves and our future.While I admired the sheer imaginative scope of this novel it was like travelling the world from the comfort of my own bed I felt a detachment from the prose, like an outsider looking in Part of the reason is that most of the story is narrated to us by the two main charact [...]

  9. Oh I love this so far Now that I am finished I still love it The last third got a bit slow for me, and I was left still peckish at the ending until a friend pointed out that perhaps NC was making room for a sequel Harrumph I still feel there was a key meeting missing, but I d be willing to forgive this if NC delivers of this world and its people The story is imaginative and just plain fun The bazillion star references mostly made me smile Only a few were ill placed, causing some sighing and Yes [...]

  10. Why do we continue to read books that we consider terrible Do other people have enough discipline to stop reading This book ia pretty ambitious, and tries to tell lots of semi related stories that cross a variety of genres from within the lens of two protagonists.The stories though with few exceptions are of a couple varieties rich, super interesting people live their awesome self satisfied existences and poor, super gorgeous people drink themselves into stupor and pursue pleasure until they acc [...]

  11. I really wanted to love this book At first I was enchanted by all the star and spider references, the magical realism, the underlying theme of the search for lost things but after a couple of hundred pages it just seemed to fizzle out I think it was the overly detailed descriptions of the inhabitants of The Hotel Canopus I couldn t keep straight the convoluted relationships of 3 generations of women, all of whom had names which started with the letter D I just kept wondering why I should care ab [...]

  12. I m a little befuddled by some of the rave reviews of this book I m not sure if I ll finish it I was enjoying it as some very light reading, but moving very slowly though it, and not really caring that much about the characters Mala s love affair is pretty standard man fantasy stuff incredible sexual connection, woman doesn t have emotional needs, they don t need to talk but it s not the amazing connection that NC apparently wants us to believe I mean, they don t feel comfortable talking to each [...]

  13. This was a wild ride I don t even know what shelves to put it on Magic mushrooms are entirely optional, but they could enhance your enjoyment of this escapade Put on your psychedelic 3 D glasses and enjoy the trip See you when you touch down.

  14. This review attempts to avoid spoilers while presenting something of a synopsis of the plot Personally I don t think it needs spoiler warnings but if you like going into a book knowing nothing about it then let me just say that I very much enjoyed this book and highly recommend it I wish I had written it I could give a story higher praise but not much A Trip to the Stars is an extremely engaging, well researched story with a lively cast of unforgettable characters.The plot spans the 15 years fro [...]

  15. 4 METEOR SHOWER STARSWe had voyaged far into space and now we were returning Before leaving the solar system, we orbited the moon and several planets skating along Saturn s rings, probing Jupiter s red spot, and skimming the icy mountain ranges of Uranus We trailed a comet and threaded a swarm of meteors And after Pluto, we were among the stars glittering clusters, bracelets, and crescents that swirled around us.Well, if I thought reviewing ASOIAF was a tough task, then I definitely know nothing [...]

  16. From Chanticleer Book ReviewsA Trip to the Stars will take you to exotic locales and allows you to glimpse into the realms of magic, music, memory, and time travel along with acquainting you with other mysterious talents of the story s fascinating characters.Some of whom you will wish could become your friends others with whom you will wish could feel your wrath.The story opens with the young Alma and her ten year old nephew Loren enjoying an afternoon planetarium show The drama starts when they [...]

  17. I really have no idea how to review this book I really enjoyed the rich, textured and deeply layered story, and the main two to four characters were very enjoyable, but all that being said, even though I tried to read this carefully, I feel like I probably missed a lot The astral symbolism throughout the book was immense, and I think I probably missed bread crumbs and clues along the way because I am not well versed in astronomy and celestial navigation SPOILERS That all being said, I did enjoy [...]

  18. Recommended by my friends Marla and Kerfe, A Trip to the Stars has everything that I want in a book great story, characters drawn beautifully even the dog Sirius is given a personality , and the hum of synchronicity throughout the book At age ten, Loren is kidnapped at a planetarium he grabs a hand, thinking it is his young aunt s, and winds up being spirited away He had been adopted, his hippie parents were killed in a car crash, and the person who finds him, and brings him back, is his uncle, [...]

  19. In short, this book is about a young boy whose adoptive parents die, and his 21 year old adoptive aunt takes him under her care After only a couple weeks, he is kidnapped This book covers the next 15 years of their lives until they finally see each other again There is not a single wasted word in this book The story is told in alternating chapters out of each of their lives Just when you get completely wrapped in her story, you re plunged into his Everything is tied together Parts of his story s [...]

  20. With apologies to my friend who recommended this book, I hated it After searching for the correct word or words to describe it, I think I finally hit on it ponderous Christopher spends page after page describing locations and surroundings in detail but in the end, you don t feel immersed in the scene.He also spends many pages telling us what each character is thinking or the meaning in each situation But it never seems to get us closer to the next step in the plot I would rather he spent half as [...]

  21. Oh, be still my steady heart This book still has me reeling It s in a class entirely of its own, and I ve rarely been so absolutely enthralled with a novel The only reason that I gave this four stars instead of five is because it s a complicated, long read It ll take anyone a while to get through, even though it s not necessarily that long of a book It s not the sort of book you d want to rush, though Nonetheless, there was some weirdness towards the end I won t mention what for the sake of not [...]

  22. A great story as long as you are able to not get tired of 57,000 coincidences Quiet injections of implausibility Funny how you can accept vampires on the Rio Puerco, NM magic tiger warriors among the Ng i d n t c thi u s , and tarantulas that can imbue psychic powers through their venom but become frustrated when the author falsely describes local vegetation like mesquites and Bursura s in Reno, NV and Ironwoods in Las Vegas It s the Mohave Desert It gets way too cold there in the winter for Bur [...]

  23. I couldn t put this book down Involving issues of destiny, chance, nature, power and mysticism, the author alternates between two stories until they emerge together having really been one all along The story begins with a kidnapping and follows with strange and amazing characters, star fascination, spider bites, estranged family, feuds, mind reading mostly in Nevada and Hawaii I already want to reat the book again

  24. Loved this story as it deals with the lives of two people lost to each other Their stories are told in consecutive chapters and chart the adventure they both have in finding each other The story telling is brilliant and as with all good tales it made me want to go out and buy Captain Cooks Journals and chart his adventure myself What a journey I went on with both characters.

  25. The novel A Trip to the Stars is a startling find, especially given that I found it on the bargain table at Chapters for 2.50 The novel chronicles Mala and Enzo an aunt and her 10 year old nephew who are seperated one fateful day at a planetarium The remainder of the book follows their seperated paths and their various quests to get back to one another The book is filled with lost people, who are seeking lost things It was this description of the lost people looking for lost things that drew me [...]

  26. Leaving a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, 10 year old Loren grasps the gloved hand of a woman he mistakes for his aunt, Alma It will be fifteen years before Loren sees Alma again Her name will be Mala, his name Enzo, and the separate journeys they take before they are reunited are the focus of this epic, fantastical story of love, betrayal, spiders and stars It is a pleasure to suspend belief as A Trip to the Stars unfolds Mala and Enzo relate their stories in alternating sections and a world of [...]

  27. I ve enjoyed the work of a few magic realists in my day, and was looking forward to Christopher s take on the genre After slogging through 150 pages, A Trip To The Stars is fated to remain unfinished its pretensions have deflated its attempted realism of any emotional power.An orphan kid, Loren Enzo gets separated from his charge in 65, then shuttled to an exotic hotel in Nevada where he receives an eclectic education Meanwhile his young aunt, Alma Mala said charge drifts through life and lovers [...]

  28. Well I finally finished the book and to be perfectly honest I was a little disappointed.I actually preferred the sub stories about the spiders, the stars, Captain Cook etc to the story itself.I liked the fact that Enzo and Mala were reunited at the end and that Gezo Cassiel is Enzos Dad It all tied together very nicely so all credit to the author but it really wasn t what I hoped for.I wanted all those things it was intimating at the stars, the Atlantis connection the angels, the vampires came t [...]

  29. The first time I read this, it was the kind of thing where once I finished it I had to lay back on my pillow taking deep breaths for a while to soften the transition back to reality Really fun to read, pretty thoroughly a magical rich indulgent escapist kind of thing with a guy protagonist that I still sort of have a crush on in jr high I used to dog ear one or two love scenes and read them at school and feel really subversive cause it was a Catholic school and another really attractive protagon [...]

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