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Wonderful review. I'm so glad you liked this as much as I did. What a fine writer he is. I could identify with Cleve as well and that Pell, haven't we all come across a man like that? What amazed me was how well it was written, how subtle but also very, very suspenseful. And, like you said on my blog - it couldn't have ended any other way.
This is the year of discovering amazing auhtors for me. First Richard Yates and now James Salter. Discoveries like these make the readalongs so worthwhile in my opinion.
Thanks you participating.


Yesterday a friend told me about an author of whom he had read almost his whole oeuvre in a relatively short period of time. Today I find a review by you of a book by the very same James Salter. Too much coïncidence for me. Now I will look if my library has one (or more) of his books. Beautiful review Danielle.


The last part with that chase scene where they were after Casey Jones was indeed gripping. It was a very powerful ending both with Cleve's camera not functioning and how he passed on the honor of shooting down Casey as well as that final final battle. I am sort of curious about Salter's memoirs now, though I think I want to read more of his fiction firt. I really must read Richard Yates, too. And I agree with you on readalongs--I have found so many good books this way and I always get more out of a book (especially one like this) when I read with another person or a group--so thank you for keeping the readalong going and I am happy this year has been better so I can actually participate--last year was awful!


James Salter is easily someone I can confidently recommend! I wonder which books your friend read (though it sounds like all of them?), or which they enjoyed the most? Whichever one you pick up I think will be a good reading experience. You'll have to let me know which you decide on!


How great that you've found another author that you like so much. I love it when that happens. I've never read Salter, but I'll have to keep an eye out for one of his books. :)


On my list.

Just before reading your most excellent review here I read my daily feed from The Writer's Almanac and saw that today, June 10, is James Salter's birthday. Here's what Writer's Almanac had to say:

It's the birthday of novelist and short-story writer James Salter (books by this author), born James Horowitz, in New York City (1925). He attended West Point and became a pilot in the Air Force. He flew 100 combat missions during the Korean War, and served as a squadron leader in Europe before retiring in 1957 to become a writer. His first two novels, The Hunters (1957) and The Arm of Flesh (1960), were based on his experiences as a combat pilot. Next came what he called "the first good thing I wrote," A Sport and a Pastime (1967), a novel about the love affair between a Yale dropout living in Paris and a working-class French girl.


Do watch for him--he is really good. I ordered two of his other novels and they arrived in the mail today, so I am eagerly perusing them and hope to pick one of them up very soon to read!


Wonderful--he is a great writer and certainly deserves a broad audience! How serendipitous that the 10th was his birthday. And thanks so much for sharing that entry about him. It sounds like his own life experiences really shaped his fiction and I am so glad he decided to take up writing full time. I ordered two of his novels and they came today. One of them is A Sport and a Pastime which I might just pick up this week to read! It sounds somewhat autobiographical as well.


Yes, I think he read most of them. He liked Solo Faces best he said. I'll definitely give him a try, but we have to be past the half way mark of Night Train to Lisbon because that is a really profound story which needs a lot of my attention.


I will see what Solo Faces is like--I bought a couple of his novels, but like you I am into a few other stories demanding my attention so I will have to wait to start another of his books. I can see where Night Train to Lisbon would call out for it to be read alone. I think it was made into a movie, too, wasn't it?

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