The Aerodrome

Rex Warner Anthony Burgess

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The Aerodrome

The Aerodrome First published in The Aerodrome is one of the few works of fiction in the twentieth century to understand the dangerous yet glamorous appeal of fascism and the less than satisfactory answer of

  • Title: The Aerodrome
  • Author: Rex Warner Anthony Burgess
  • ISBN: 9781566630252
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1941, The Aerodrome is one of the few works of fiction in the twentieth century to understand the dangerous yet glamorous appeal of fascism and the less than satisfactory answer of traditional democracy and to transmute their deadly opposition into terms of enduring art Rex Warner brilliantly invents, on one side, a thoroughly degenerate Village repreFirst published in 1941, The Aerodrome is one of the few works of fiction in the twentieth century to understand the dangerous yet glamorous appeal of fascism and the less than satisfactory answer of traditional democracy and to transmute their deadly opposition into terms of enduring art Rex Warner brilliantly invents, on one side, a thoroughly degenerate Village representing fallen man, and on the other side a great Aerodrome dedicated to ruthless efficiency The ideological struggle between the idealistic Air Vice Marshal and the hero narrator from the Village is portrayed with poetry, narrative speed, and great simplicity of language It is a great symbolic novel of our time, as pertinent today as when it was written.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      “Remember that we expect from you conduct of a quite different order from that of the mass of mankind. Your purpose - to escape the bondage of time, to obtain mastery over yourselves, and thus over your environment - must never waver This discipline has one aim, the acquisition of power, and by power freedom.”The Vice-Marshall of The Aerodrome was quite the pontificating bastard. He was always ready with a few words of disdain for the way things have been done, and always willing to share hi [...]

    2. Edward on said:

      Introduction, by Michael MoorcockAuthor's Note--The Aerodrome: A Love Story

    3. Rick on said:

      The Aerodome was published in 1941, written by a British novelist best known in the United States for his English translations of classical Greek literature. Subtitled “a love story,” it describes two conflicting world views, the sloppy, traditional English neo-feudal village country life, with its age-old occupations and cultural events (pub, church, agricultural fairs) with a nascent fascist alternative represented by the life at the growing air force base, staffed with airmen trained to b [...]

    4. Steve on said:

      Up until the last 50 pages or so, I was prepared to give The Aerodrome 5 stars. And then the wheels (or wings) came off. What had been a fascinating allegorical novel of ideas, politics (fascism), and religion, written during a very troubled time (1939), devolved into a soap opera like ending. As I was reading the novel, I was preparing myself to write at greater length, but now that I feel so cheated by the experience, why bother? Still, The Aerodrome is worth reading for a number of reasons. W [...]

    5. Anna on said:

      I found ‘The Aerodrome: A Love Story’ via the dystopia library catalogue keyword search, having never heard of it before. As has been the case with the majority of books I discovered in said search, I wouldn’t call it a dystopia. It’s an allegorical fable and seems to me very much like the oeuvre of Magnus Mills. Perhaps a little more pointed, yet the deadpan tone, dark humour, and level of abstraction are very similar. Of course, Mills started publishing nearly sixty years after ‘The [...]

    6. Chuck on said:

      You have to read this book.This is the one of those little known gems that nearly everybody I know who winds up reading it winds up loving it. It's the story of an English village and how it transforms when a military base moves in. It's a great story of modernity--how modernization changes peoples lives, bringing in benefits but crowdint out other things. It's a pretty good love story--of many loves, romantic love, spiritual love, love of ideas. It also attempts to explain how fascism can take [...]

    7. Darran Mclaughlin on said:

      Absolutely brilliant. I can't understand why it was out of print for so long, or why it isn't better known. It is in the line of Wells, Huxley and Orwell and it is the most Kafkaesque novel I have ever read by a writer who isn't named Franz Kafka. It is also an obvious influence on JG Ballard. Rex Warner needs to be rediscovered.

    8. Luke on said:

      Rex Warner is these days more known for his translation of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War than for his fiction. But it's still worth reading his 1941 work The Aerodrome - one of ten he wrote - because though it's flawed, it contains an odd power. Indeed, the book has earned praise from both Anthony Burgess and J.G. Ballard. The latter isn't surprising, as Warner's writing exhibits the same urban sterility and fascination with process and mechanism that haunts Ballard's works. While [...]

    9. Russell Olson on said:

      I hate the phrase "I really wanted to like this." That said, I really wanted to like this book. I did, but to mean it, to have really liked it, I would have probably read it in two or three days as opposed to the five or six days that it actually took me. I suppose it would be easier for someone reading this to understand what exactly I did like and what I didn't. So without any further ado, here is my litany of ambivalence:I likede theme, some of the characters, the conflict between village and [...]

    10. Taka on said:

      Pretty good--My newfound hero John Gray called this book "extraordinary," and so I had to go read it. It's a fast read, engaging throughout. The prose is dense and old-fashioned (with long sentences punctuated by long clauses), but it's always remarkably clear. My beef with the book has to do with two different aspects of the novel, and one is its mode of storytelling, and the other the plot verging on melodrama. Though the first-person narrator is a likable character, he does A LOT of telling i [...]

    11. Christian Schwoerke on said:

      This allegorical novel is an entertaining polemic about the virtues and vices of casual English democracy and idealistic fascism. What makes the allegory murky and adds to the humor is that the obvious antithesis of democracy and fascism is shown to lie at another level: one where the antithesis is natural man vs. aspirant man, which speaks of the inherent (religious) nature of humankind. What is added to the conceptual muddle is that natural man is religious, inherently, and it's in trying to c [...]

    12. Ygor Speranza on said:

      Great potential, interesting setting. Starts of Kafkian and ends up feeling like a dystopian soup-opera, of sorts.

    13. Feliks on said:

      Its a very subtle and disturbing novel. Insidious strands of uneasiness and tension emerge from out of nowhere, as you coast along with it. For those craving dystopic and atavistic titles to read when they've finished with Kafka and Orwell---I very much agree with Anthony Burgess that this work is the equal to anything by those names. Its superb.The writing is slightly dorky in places--its simplistic prose rather than dense or opulent--and characters make several unrealistic speeches in the firs [...]

    14. Val on said:

      anthonyburgess/about-aThis is an allegory, a dystopian novel and a warning. It was published in 1941, an unlikely time for an author to be less than reverent about the Royal Air Force (the Royal is not mentioned, but the village is very English). It shows the attractiveness of militarism, with its glamour and sense of order, but also the dangers in allowing its complete domination.The story is firmly rooted in the author's present, a country village with an aerodrome built nearby to defend the c [...]

    15. John Cooke on said:

      THE AERODROME by Rex Warner is a brilliant exploration of the insidious creeping allure of fascism, offering a powerful anti-fascist warning for sleepy democracies. Published 1941. Truly a classic.

    16. Rachel on said:

      Initially hard to read, but got into the swing of it after several pages. I think the author did a great job in helping the reader connect with the main character, Roy, even through the stiff writing style. Coming from Generation 9/11, it was hard to stand the degree of restraint by the villagers at the attitude of the Air Force men (or their actions). However, in a small rural population heavily exposed to a military regime, it was a necessarily evil for civilians to survive. Otherwise an inter [...]

    17. James on said:

      I discovered this novel upon finding a reprint paperback edition in a bookshop in the mid-nineties. I was familiar with the author as a classicist (Caesar, Men & Gods) yet unaware of this novel. It was a felicitous discovery for this is one of the best allegorical novels that I've ever read. The story is not complicated, but the action is horrifying in the determination of the state, represented by the airforce, attempting to implement the eradication of sin. This is to take the form of the [...]

    18. David on said:

      It's a cute little trick until, more and more, everyone appears to be related to everyone else and you fall out of love with it and realise that you liked it best when he was a happy fascist, and then you think "Well, what does that say about me?""When I held Bess in my arms, naked or clothed, I felt assured that I was laying hold of a brilliant, a better, an unexpected world, never thinking that I was doing only what every other man had done and what had finally satisfied nobody."

    19. Alberto on said:

      This book is not as 'popular' as other contemporary distopias that have become part of the world's literary canon, but still deserves some attention as the reader could relate it to both '1984' and 'Brave new world'. But this is not its only merit, I really found it well written and interesting by itself.

    20. Kevin on said:

      Great story, but it took till most of the way through the book to figure out if the author was satirizing the philosophy of the Air Vice-Admiral or presenting it as (forgive me) admirable. On the whole, I tended to sympathize with the "bad guy," even after I was sure he was supposed to *be* the bad guy.

    21. Bill Hammack on said:

      Liked it a good deal, really a well done book - like an magic allegory, it has these leaps of logic that are believable in the world created by the author - yet I found it a bit too didactic to really great literature. It seems topical to the 20th century, much like Orwell's 1984.

    22. Brettsinclair70 on said:

      Rural life trampled by mechanisation, fascism and the Air Vice-Marshal

    23. Interzone on said:

      Eight years older than 1984 , its claim to be regarded as a modern classic is as sound as that of Orwell's novel. We shall see.

    24. Jon on said:

      Once I was through the first page I really enjoyed, missed some of the deeper allegory about fascism. Thought Warner had a great style with a timeless nature, would recommend as a good read

    25. Terry Wylis on said:

      A wonderful study in emotion, love, secrets and deceptions, set in the British countryside with all its restrained passion. Bravo!

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