It is April 1945, and the war is almost over. Above the landscape of a Germany ravaged by bombing, an aircraft heads through the night. It carries two people for whom the war is not yet over - the General, nursing his wound and his shameful secret, and Freddy, flying him on a senseless mission....
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I read somewhere that the author started this book as a biography of Hanna Reitsch but she was disturbed by what she found in her research and changed it to fiction. I came across this book during my own research into Hanna Reitsch and the story's main characters life is very similar to Ms. Reitsch's. I read this many years ago so my memory of specifics isn't great. I do remember that this was an easy read and mostly enjoyable. Being that I already knew a great deal about the actual historical events and people referred to, I had no trouble following what was going on. If you have no clue that the Ernst mentioned in this book is Ernst Udet, then you might want to have a couple of history books laying around for reference. That doesn't mean you need to be an expert in the German Luftwaffe of the 1930's-1940's to enjoy the story, it holds the readers attention fine on its own.If you're interested in the real Hanna Reitch, her autobiography is The Sky My Kingdom Memoirs of the Famous German World War II Test-Pilot. Also From Nazi Test Pilot to Hitler's Bunker The Fantastic Flights of Hanna Reitsch is quite good.
I did not care for this novel due to the fact it completely lacks emotion. The story follows Freddy, a German woman that wants to be and thinks she is a man. She does not embrace womanhood in any way, shuns romance till she realizes she prefers her own sex, and has no emotions throughout the book whatsoever except some anger at her father here and there. The novel starts with her childhood and desire to fly and follows her thru a fast pasted career testing aircraft for the military. She works for the Nazi government and just turns the other cheek on their goings on. When a plane she is testing almost crashes, the novel tells nothing of what she feels. There is no quickening of the heartbeat or sudden intake of breath. She simply pops a mint into her mouth. Unreal. I use this as a prime example of what this novel is like, clinically and lacking personal feel for characters. It focuses more on the early aircraft of the Germans and their failings and manufacture problems and a fellow named Ernst. It also completely lacks little details that some readers may want to know to better visualize.. like her clothes, her hairstyle, her eye color.. it does not say. You never know what the heroine looks like OR feels.