The Flight Portfolio

The Flight Portfolio

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust. In 1940, Varian Fry?a Harvard-educated American journalist?traveled to Marseille carrying thre The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe i...

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Title:The Flight Portfolio
Author:Julie Orringer
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Flight Portfolio
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

The Flight Portfolio Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 29, 2019
    ?To be in Marseille, not Paris, still carried a certain novelty, a whiff of the unknown. If Paris reeked of sex, opera, art, and decadent poverty, Marseille reeked of underground crime, opportunism, trafficked cocaine, rowdy tavern song. Paris was a woman, a fallen woman in the arms ...
  • Laura
    May 03, 2019
    5* The Invisible Bridge TR How to Breathe Underwater TR The Flight Portfolio https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/bo... ...
  • Kathryn Bashaar
    Jul 05, 2019
    Varian Fry is a privileged young man who takes on a seemingly-impossible job. When the Nazis invade France in 1940, Varian and some of his fellow intellectual and economic elites form the Emergency Rescue Committee. Their mission is to save as many European artists and intellectuals as...
  • Liviu
    May 12, 2019
    with the caveat that it is truly hard to write a second masterpiece and The Invisible Bridge is such a hard book to equal, I was a bit disappointed in this one; when i opened the novel it immediately made me turn the pages and I was very engrossed in it for maybe a third but then it ki...
  • Sharon
    May 07, 2019
    I came across this book at the same time I was reading Mary Gabriel?s newest, Ninth Street Women: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, an impressive combination of 20th century history and the Manhattan art scene. The influx of Jewish artists fleeing Hitler, many a...
  • Candace
    Feb 09, 2019
    I did not want this book to end. Don't Google Varian Fry before reading "The Flight Portfolio." Let the novel surprise you. Varian arrives in Vichy France in 1940, with $3000, a visa for a few weeks, and a list of Jewish artists he was to attempt to rescue. Fry is a Harvard graduate ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 11, 2019
    Flight Portfolio is an ambitious, well written, lengthy novel using as its framework the life of Varian Fry. However it should be approached as a novel, not a biography, since there is an added key element of Fry's being gay, referenced by professional reviewers, which apparently did n...
  • Linda Robinson
    Jun 24, 2019
    Excellent read. Lengthy praise to follow. ...
  • Maine Colonial
    May 06, 2019
    I received a free publisher's advance review copy. I have always been interested in learning more about Varian Fry and his impressive efforts to get so many artists out of the reach of the Nazis and their minions. Of course I knew that this book is fiction, but I had the preconcepti...
  • Anne
    May 13, 2019
    I have only read 20% of this novel but must write a small "review" already. I was so excited to learn months ago that Julie Orringer had written a novel, The Flight Portfolio, about the the work of Varian Fry. I started reading it as soon as it was published. To my increasingly great d...
  • Sydney Young
    May 31, 2019
    I didn?t love this book, though I wanted to. So many questions but mainly a matter of heart. The set up, the lover, he was cold, thus, so was I. And Varian was perhaps too flawed? His actions all Coming from a deep selfishness, even his regret in the end. Despite all his protests, I?...
  • Kelly
    Mar 12, 2019
    It?s a tricky thing to write about a real life historical figure. Orringer succeeds admirably in telling the story of Varian Fry, who helped as many as 2,000 people escape from occupied France during the early days of WWII. (He was expelled from France in 1941.) The beneficiaries of ...
  • Rebecca
    Jun 25, 2019
    (4.5) Orringer?s The Invisible Bridge, my highlight from last summer?s reading, was the saga of a Hungarian Jewish family?s experiences in the Second World War; while The Flight Portfolio again charts the rise of Nazism and a growing awareness of Jewish extermination, it?s a ve...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jun 30, 2019
    DNF at 40% I started on audio but it couldn't hold my attention so I switched to print and had the same issue. I've been looking forward to reading about Varian Fry's quest to save lives in France for months but this book has become a love story. While the love story of Fry and Gr...
  • Thekelburrows
    Jun 22, 2019
    Dumb book was mostly dumb ...
  • Ellen
    May 05, 2019
    I loved Orringer?s Invisible Bridge, but was not as impressed with The Flight Portfolio. I was aware of. Varian Fry and his work in Marseille for the Emergency Rescue Committee to get as many artists and thinkers out of France during WWII. I would have preferred more time spent on th...
  • Lisa
    May 12, 2019
    The Flight Portfolio refers to a collection of art that Varian Fry hopes will help the cause of Jewish artists trapped in early 1940s Europe. But most of his attention is not on the art, but on helping the artists escape Nazi capture. This is an ambitious novel that walks the tightrope...
  • Ruby
    Jul 09, 2019
    This is an excellent example of fiction based on real historical figures. It's the fictionalized story of Varian Fry, who went to Vichy France in 1941 to save the lives of a list of artists, philosophers, politicians, etc., who would otherwise have likely died at the hands of the Nazis...
  • Jan
    Jul 20, 2019
    Superb historical litfic, based on an actual young American who worked to help Jewish artists and writers escape from occupied France during World War II and of his life as a gay man. Riveting and well written. ...
  • Tomi
    Mar 21, 2019
    DNF...hard to review this one. I won it on Goodreads, and I hate to leave a bad review...but...well-written, very poetic. However, I expected a book about Varian Fry and his work rescuing people from Nazified France. Instead, it mostly seemed to be a homosexual (and somewhat explicit) ...
  • Allyson
    May 19, 2019
    What can even I say? It takes years of sifting through average, great, and even excellent books to finally dive into a book like The Flight Portfolio, which I may or may not carry with me at all times for the rest of my life, just so I can clutch it to my chest and burst into tears, as...
  • Nicky
    May 27, 2019
    Although I thought the story interesting, the author's esoteric style is very off-putting. The author's depiction of homosexual behavior was a caricature - very fussy and stereotypically heavy on preoccupation with clothing and appearance. The tone of the book reminded me of films of ...
  • Hannah
    Jun 03, 2019
    This book was just boring even though the topic was interesting. I could not get past the writing style or sympathize with Varian and Grant. The best part was the reference to Alma Mahler, who I was familiar with through reading Ecstasy: A Novel, an actually good historical fiction tha...
  • Cherise Wolas
    May 23, 2019
    I expected to enjoy this book much more than I did. It was very interesting to learn about Varian Fry, and his mission and that of his American committee to help famous artists, writers, philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, etc. get out of France to keep them out of the hands of t...
  • Vanya
    May 08, 2019
    The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer is set in Nazi-occupied France where the hero of the novel, Varian Fry, an American journalist, spearheads rescue operations aimed at the secure removal of crème de la crème of European thinkers & artists to the States. At a time when politi...
  • Book of the Month
    May 01, 2019
    Why I love it by Brianna Goodman Before I tell you why I *loved* this book, let me tell you why I thought I wouldn?t: 1) It?s over 500 pages, which often makes me wish a book had been more harshly edited. 2) It?s about World War II, and, having read more World War II novels t...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 12, 2019
    The GOOD. Orringer highlights the impressive role that Varian Fry played in saving the lives of more than 2,000 refugees fleeing Nazi Germany and the complicit Vichy government during 1940-41. The refugees included such famous personages as Hannah Arendt, Jacques Lifschitz, Golo Mann, ...
  • Tammy
    Feb 24, 2019
    Throughout 1940 American and Harvard grad, Varian Fry, smuggled out of Marseille primarily Jewish avant garde artists. Flight Portfolio is a fictionalized account of Fry?s work with the Emergency Rescue Committee to save some of the most brilliant minds of Europe from the Nazis. Marc...
  • Julius Adams
    May 12, 2019
    I will be a naysayer here....I must be getting old because this novel is like so many others that are not doing it for me. The true story is so much better than this! And it is an important story about what was happening then, and also for our times. But this tritely written book is no...
  • Megan
    Jun 27, 2019
    I don't think a book has ever left me so confused as to how I want to rate it. Which is why I'm not rating it for now and maybe with time, I will be able to figure out what I want to rate the book. After a brief synopsis, I will explain my confusion. The Flight Portfolio is a histor...