BAG OF SMOKE by Lonzo Anderson


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The flying Montgolfiers in a dramatic reconstruction with not enough plot to pass as fiction, too much embellishment to serve as biography. It's a genre that may have seemed more valid upon initial publication 1942--than it does today. The telling is both long-winded and overloaded with explanations; it is also clouded by casting weather as a conscious participant: ""The weather seemed to be sorry for all the trouble it had caused and to have decided to do what it could to make the show a success."" The Montgolfiers do get their successively bigger and better balloons up, they do transport livestock and then people, but most of the excitement is lost en route and most of the information may be found in a trimmer, tidier form elsewhere.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1968
Publisher: Knopf