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The Flying Years

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November 8, 2005 | Paperback |  5.25 x 7.25, 176 Pages | ISBN 9781593760793
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“By placing all the entries, from Salter’s fiction and nonfiction, as near as possible in chronological order, the reader can see how the pilot turned his diary into literature.” —The Columbus Dispatch

A singular life often circles around a singular moment, an occasion when one’s life in the world is defined forever and the emotional vocabulary set. For the extraordinary writer James Salter, this moment was contained in the fighter planes over Korea where, during his young manhood, he flew more than one hundred missions. As The New York Times noted, “It isn’t often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it; Saint-Exupery was one; Salter is another.”

James Salter is considered one of America’s greatest prose stylists. The Arm of Flesh (later revised and retitled Cassada) and his first novel, The Hunters, are legendary in military circles for their descriptions of flying and aerial combat. A former Air Force pilot who flew F-86 fighters in Korea, Salter writes with matchless insight about the terror and exhilaration of the pilot’s life.

The editors, William and Jessica Benton, have gathered selections from a journal Salter kept during the Korean War, published here for the first time, and assembled selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author’s celebrated memoir, Burning the Days.

About James Salter

JAMES SALTER is the author of six other books, including Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and Dusk and Other Stories, for which he was given the Pen/Faulkner Award. He is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between New York and Colorado.

 

Praise

“Above all, the book collocates some of the finest aviation writing of the twentieth century, otherwise hard to find if not altogether out of print.” —Booklist

“[A] slim volume that nonetheless packs a forceful punch. It’s slimness is due in part to the author’s voice, marked by brevity, and his uncanny ability to freeze a scene. . . . and to capture a character with a mere trickle of words.” —The Rocky Mountain News

“By placing all the entries, from Salter’s fiction and nonfiction, as near as possible in chronological order, the reader can see how the pilot turned his diary into literature.” —The Columbus Dispatch

“A splendid thing in a small package is this flying book. . . . All the voices have a superb command of the English language and vividly depict the sensations and human interactions involved in flying.” —Publishers Weekly

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