The High and the Mighty Summary
Death and survival concern Gann in all his works, from the near-documentary Island in the Sky (1944) to the nearparable The Aviator (1981), as well as the autobiography and the superb Fate is the Hunter (1961). In The High and the Mighty, Gann explores the ways in which his various types of people face death, ranging from the newly-wed couple, the Bucks, to the disease-ridden Frank Briscoe. As Garfield, the operations manager, observes the disembarking passengers, he reflects, "you are astonished that there is always a thing so real and near as death.
It is, as you have possibly observed ...
a clever device for the measurement of all men." For some, the experience will change them; for others, it will be a mere memory; while still others will revert back to their original lives.
While one can guess the reactions of some of the passengers, the collapse of...
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Essays & Analysis (6)
355 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Burke Wilkinson
When Ernest Gann is at the top of his game, as he was last year in "The High and the Mighty," he is very, very good indeed. When he is in something less...
207 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by The New Yorker
Mr. Gann's novel of German and French aviators in the First World War ["The Company of Eagles"] is extremely disappointing. Considering the author...
177 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Publishers Weekly
Author of "The High and the Mighty" and other bestsellers, Gann falls short of expectations in ["The Aviator."] It is gripping where it ...
299 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Charles Lee
There is nothing stingy about Ernest K. Gann's sense of melodrama in his new novel, "The High and the Mighty."
The serious reader, if he hasn'...
329 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Coleman Rosenberger
"The High and the Mighty" is a novel which is notable on two counts—as an eminently entertaining addition both to one of the oldest and to on...
192 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Riley Hughes
Mr. Gann's characters [in The High and the Mighty] are types—the overage pilot, the perceptive stewardess, the sinister passenger—but they are not a...