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Luminous Airplanes

Paul La Farge

In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a desert festival to learn that his grandfather has died and that he has to return to Thebes—a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language—in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world. La Farge’s ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.

In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a desert festival to learn that his grandfather has died and that he has to return to Thebes—a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language—in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world. La Farge’s ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a desert festival to learn that his grandfather has died and that he has to return to Thebes—a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language—in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world. La Farge’s ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Charles Carroll

Length:

8h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:10

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

04:10


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

06:31


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

03:16


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:48


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

03:52


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

10:39


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

02:27


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

00:58


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

16:36


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

17:34


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

07:28


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

14:02


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

07:30


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

02:55


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

08:25


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

08:31


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

09:24


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

24:51


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

10:33


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

01:06


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

07:07


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

06:56


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

10:20


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

08:59


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

25:59


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

05:24


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

03:07


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

13:08


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

20:15


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

09:07


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

31:53


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

16:35


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

04:22


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

02:50


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

19:51


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

02:52


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

01:56


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

12:02


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

21:51


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

10:43


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

08:58


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

01:36


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

00:33


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

11:10


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

09:51


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

08:44


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

02:09


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

13:31


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

09:53


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

00:14


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

08:30


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

06:44


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

07:53


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

03:47


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

00:20


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

00:07