The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin Summary Study Guide

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She asks him why he bones other women, when the answer should be obvious--because he can. As Charles put it, "A man can still spread his seed, no matter his age. That's all I did. I followed my instincts."

Heh heh heh. He was spreading his seed.

Meanwhile Anne has been living a life of her own, alone, and has a doctor friend who bones her. But then her daughter finds out the doctor has been boning her, but when her daughter realizes how Charles basically abandoned her, Anne's daughter says she understands why Anne sought out another source of p_nis.

At the end, right before he dies, Charles tells Anne that he has been boning other women for decades. Squirt! Squirt! Squirt!

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The end.

Literary Criticism:

This was a book that didn't have a reason to be written. Charles Lindbergh was famous (and infamous), but his wife had only a minor role in his professional life.  Her greatest claim to fame is that she was the navigator on his failed trip to China. But Lindbergh was the actual pilot. Beyond that, Anne was little more than a cuckolded birthing machine. The story simply didn't have much content to it. There was nearly zero description of Lindbergh's romancing of Anne. There was a section on flying planes. There was a section about Charles's stolen baby, and Charles's love for the Nazis, and then their informal separation. Not very exciting stuff.

The most interesting part, about all the women that Charles boned and impregnated, is only alluded to in passing at the end of the book. That could have been the most interesting part--how Charles went behind his wife's back and impregnated all these women. But we only get a few pages of tangential reference to it.

Other than that, this book is no more interesting than a book about Neil Armstrong's wife, George Washington's wife, Ronald Reagan's wife, or the wives of men who did famous things while their wives, well, were just there. This book could just as easily have been called "The Aviator's Butler" or "The Aviator's Restroom" and had just as much content.

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