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“Extraordinary . . . at once tender, exultant, unabashedly sexual, sensual, and profoundly sad. Light Years is a masterpiece.”
—Elizabeth Benedict, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Remarkable. . . . Salter celebrates the silver-and-golden bitterness of life. Light Years . . . becomes an unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time.”
—James Wolcott, Esquire
“[A] twentieth-century masterpiece. At once iridescent, lyrical, mystical and magnetic.”
“An absolutely beautiful, monstrous, important book.”
James Salter was born in 1925 and grew up in New York City on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He graduated from West Point in 1945 and began a twelve-year stint in the Air Force, much of it as a fighter pilot. After flying combat in Korea, he was assigned to air squadrons in Europe and there began writing. He resigned his commission after the publication of his first novel in 1956. A second novel appeared in 1961, and his reputation was established with A Sport and a Pastime. In 1989 his collection of short stories, Dusk and Other Stories, won the PEN/Faulkner Award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Meghan E. O'Rourke
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. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by Wayne Ralph
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2000
Salter's poetic prose at times reads too precious. Characters come and go, are left behind- vanish, in a picaresque of loss and despair. Read morePublished on March 18 2000
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 1999
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.Published on July 10 1999 by michael r. harty
A wonderfully-written, poignant portrait of a marriage. The end filled me with sadness and the chapters were consistently memorable. Read morePublished on June 28 1999