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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (Jan. 31 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780679740735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679740735
  • ASIN: 0679740732
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By headbutler on Aug. 12 2003
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The main characters are named Viri and Nedra, and Lord knows that signals "pretentious." Ignore all that. No one writes about what happens between men and women better than Salter; you can see your own relationships in the 308 pages it takes to track the glory and fall of this marriage between an architect and his thin, troubled wife. And the sense of place! Here he is on the lure the Hamptons held for Nedra: "She was a creature of blue, flawless days, the sun of their noons hot as the African coast, the chill of the nights immense and clear." I started the book in that place on a morning so grey the sky and ocean merged; I read through the rain; I finished at night. A day well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meghan E. O'Rourke on May 29 2004
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This is one of my favorite novels--and one I recommend over and over to friends. Salter's prose is beautiful, limpid, and elegant, and his portrait of life in New York is exquisitely precise, even painful. Each page is full of the kind of sentences you want to write down. It's a novel that has to be read anyone who loves language.
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I'd give this book 4 1/2 stars if I could!! This book knocked my socks off. This is not unusual material, every other book is about fading relationships. Salter describes the every day life of the married couple, Nedra and Viri whom are acting out a marriage rather than being in it. Their affections wandering and alienated. The content is sad but so eloquently displayed before you that you sometimes forget the seriousness of the plot. Oh, and then those beautiful dancing words.... taking you completly by surprise. Salter paints scenic backgrounds where daily life exists, such as in Chapter 2 it begins;
In the morning the light came is silence. The house slept. The air overhead, glittering, it's richness, it's density, bathe in the air like a stream.
The character's were annoying because they had a wonderful life but they just couldn't see it, they seemed immature and non committal. Both of them cheated not only on each other but on themselves.
The question is, is the reality ever as good as the fantasy?
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Like Salter's other books and stories, Light Years is elegiac and haunting. Captures a feeling for a time in post-WWII America when hopes were high, all things seemed possible. An excellent portrayal of the interior life of a marriage, and the subjects of betrayal and separation, lust, and aging.
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By taking a rest on Feb. 12 2001
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The courage to live life as it changes, as the faults that went unseen in the initial rush of novelty emerge, to adapt, continue and be happy, content, this I believe is the heart of this work. The small imperfections that erode to fatal flaws as the years pass, the union of marriage that grows old, and regret and a desire for something new becomes an obsession. And if the freedom is regained can it ever be as it was anticipated. How can anything desired for years, embellished and romanticized for decades ever deliver contentment?
The marriage of Nedra and Viri act more like a parenthetical that contains the entire novel and its events, than they serve as the focal point. The dozens of friends on almost as many levels of intimacy all revolve around the married couple, the former couple, or the individuals they believe they become for a second time. Is contentment the equivalent of stagnation; is it predestined for most, or voluntary for the few?
Mr. Salter continues in, "Light Years", what he has done in all 3 of the novels I have read thus far. The people he creates transcend whatever story he presents them in. The personalities he creates are wonderful not because they entertain with their uniqueness or their contrived eccentricities, but because of how normal they are, or perhaps familiar. This is not to suggest they are cliché, they are everything but that, they are people you know, people you may meet, or a character that you find a part of you is within.
One of the beauties of what this man is capable of with his writing is reaching very deeply into the thoughts and fears that inhabit almost all of us. He does not presume, he does not judge or lecture, he just lets you look through your minds eye, and decide for yourself.
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By A Customer on Sept. 13 2000
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Simply put, this is the the most lyrical and stylistically perfect American novel since _The Great Gatsby_. Read it and re-read it, recommend it to friends. If they don't get it, it isn't Salter's fault!
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By A Customer on Aug. 20 1999
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Not a traditionally told story, the plot is almost entirely incidental. What we are left with is the language, lyrical and beautiful, that can veer from a description of a family to spoons in a drawer, and make it seem like a logical extension of a house and its inhabitants.
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I read this book while vacationing in Italy and attempting to cope with my divorce, a sudden and unexpected loss in my life. This book will knock you out. You'll never forget it.
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