The Man Who Ate the 747 Ben Sherwood's magical, quirky, and gorgeously written novel The Man Who Ate the 747 takes magical realism out of exotic locales and centers it right… The Man Who Ate the 747 Ben Sherwood's magical, quirky, and gorgeously written novel The Man Who Ate the 747 takes magical realism out of exotic locales and centers it right… Fiction Bantam
Book Review

Book Review: 'The Man Who Ate the 747' (2014)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Ben Sherwood; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Bantam

Ben Sherwood's magical, quirky, and gorgeously written novel The Man Who Ate the 747 takes magical realism out of exotic locales and centers it right in America's heartland. J.J. Smith is a blue-blazered, buttoned-down keeper of records, a man who ''authenticate[s] greatness,'' despite an utter lack of anything great in his own life. When he discovers a man in Nebraska who is slowly — extraordinarily — consuming an airplane to prove his passion to a woman, Smith sets off to be a witness — and then a participant — in a fable of love. While the plot points occasionally flirt with predictability, Sherwood's poetic language is nothing short of mesmerizing. A-

Originally posted Sep 08, 2000 Published in issue #558 Sep 08, 2000 Order article reprints