This memoir tells the story of James Salter's life to date, one that consists of two very different careers: Air Force fighter pilot and distinguished writer. A West Point graduate, Salter flew more than 100 combat missions during the Korean War. This book features descriptions of these and other flying adventures. In addition to his stories and ...
This memoir tells the story of James Salter's life to date, one that consists of two very different careers: Air Force fighter pilot and distinguished writer. A West Point graduate, Salter flew more than 100 combat missions during the Korean War. This book features descriptions of these and other flying adventures. In addition to his stories and novels, James Salter is the author of numerous screenplays (including "Downhill Racer"), and spent more than ten years in the movie industry. He has known some of the most talented men and women of his time, and their portraits appear in the book. James Salter is the author of "The Hunters", "The Arm of Flesh", "A Sport and a Pastime", "Light Years", "Solo Faces" and "'Dusk' and Other Stories". He won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction in 1989.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-30 Members of a generation nearing its end are passing along memoirs that remind Americans how innocent life was before 1945, how grand immediately after. And Salter commands a position near the head of this class for his unfaltering skill as a writer and intuitive sensitivity as a chronicler of human relationships. Though he fought in Korea, not WWII, he describes the same postwar euphoria that existed when Americans felt beloved by the world. The bulk of this brilliant memoir recounts the 1940s, '50s and '60s, when Salter was a fighter pilot, then a novelist (Light Years) and writer of screenplays. Combat missions and military culture (Salter graduated from West Point) are described in detail, along with the exotic locales of his Air Force career: the American Midwest, Asia, North Africa. But it is Europe that still enthralls him, and the pages recounting his friendships there with "performers whom the years had yet to deplume" (Irwin Shaw, Roman Polanski) are the most heartrending. Salter fans will recognize the theme of once mighty worlds decaying to insignificance. Everything in this book is colored with the sweet sadness of lossæloss of friends, lovers and dreams. Salter writes about tragedy and regret with irresistible eloquence. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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