** Munich Airport by Greg Baxter


Munich Airport stars the narrator and his elderly father, stuck in the fogged-in Munich airport as they await a flight back home, which will carry them and the coffin of their sister and daughter who died of starvation, after years of living far from home and removed from her family. As the hours tick by, the story of their sad trip to Germany unfolds, as do many other memories, while the father becomes increasingly weak and ill, and the son is not far behind. The author manages to capture perfectly the bizarre atmosphere of airports in general, and airports during long flight delays in particular: how people can be both patient and fed up and how tired minds bizarrely obsess over long-ago adventures. That being said, stream of consciousness stories are hard to sustain over hundreds of pages, and this one flagged, at times.

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