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  • ISBN 0370106067
  • ISBN13 978-0370106069
  • Language English
  • Author James Salter
  • Publisher The Bodley Head Ltd (May 6, 1976)
  • Pages 308
  • Formats mobi docx txt doc
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1463 kb
  • Size Fb2 1118 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 263

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It is the story of Nedra and Viri.

This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master

This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master. It is the story of Nedra and Viri, whose favored life is centered around dinners, ingenious games with their children, enviable friends, and near-perfect days passed skating on a frozen river or sunning on the beach. But even as he This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master.

James Salter was born in 1925 and grew up in New York City. Like his father, he attended West Point, and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1945. He served for twelve years in the Pacific, the United States, Europe, and Korea, where he flew over one hundred combat missions as a fighter pilot. He resigned from the Air Force after his first novel came out in 1957, and has earned his living as a writer ever since. His work has received numerous awards, including an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1982.

In the principal bath, with its stains, sponges, soaps the color of tea, books, water-curled copies of Vogue, he steams in peace. The water is above his knees; it penetrates to the bone. There is carpeting on the floor, a basket of smooth stones, an empty glass of the deepest blue.

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James Salter, quote from Light Years. The book was in her lap; she had read no further. The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark. The lines that penetrate us are slender, like the flukes that live in river water and enter the bodies of swimmers.

James Salter, quote from Light Years. She was excited, filled with strength. The polished sentences had arrived, it seemed, like so many other things, at just the right time. How can we imagine what our lives should be without the illumination of the lives of others? ― James Salter, quote from Light Years. You must go further than I did," Nedra said

James Salter's 1975 novel, 'Light Years', is the story of a marriage between two highly civilised Americans, Nedra . God knows, it is a likely enough fate for any of us but one, in this book at least, rescued from being mere failure by Salter's uncanny, unerring sense of the beautiful.

James Salter's 1975 novel, 'Light Years', is the story of a marriage between two highly civilised Americans, Nedra (the woman) and Viri (the man). It is a good marriage full of good parties, and then it is a less good marriage full of infidelities. Andrew Miller's 'Pure' (Sceptre) won the Costa Novel Award.

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I was a bowled over by the writing in Light Years and then I grew impatient and then irritated, and then overwhelmed, and then back to awed, and seduced, sometimes within the space of a few pages. Reading this story was like taking a backpacking trip through India. One minute you are swooning in it’s sensory overload and the next you want to catch the next flight to Oslo. The prose is luminous, dense, beautiful and too much of the time just over the top and maddening. Some say Salter is a writer’s writer. I suspect that depends on which writer. He is certainly heavy handed with simile and metaphor (“The emptiness of the wine glasses was “the color of cathedral naves”). The book is saturated. There are times when those devices serve him beautifully and there are times when it’s just … enough, already.

It is 1958 and we are just north of Manhattan in Westchester County. Nedra, her husband, Ari and their friends speak differently from you and me (or at least I hope they do), like certain people of their time who have moved up the Hudson and out of the city to raise their children. They bring with them the bohemian, esthetically elevated ambience of their life in the Village and the upper West Side. They are affluent, they are knowledgeable, they are sure of themselves. When they entertain they drink Margaux sitting beneath a Chagall print and eat cheeses that come in thin boxes from Zabar’s . If no one is around to see you eat oranges and chocolate for breakfast is it still cool? Just wondering.

After a bit, Salter’s characters began to irritate me with their affected habits and their self obsessed lifestyle. They live their lives as though someone is filming it in real time. But okay, we don’t have to like the people we’re reading about.

The Light Years characters all have flaws that draw people to them. Perfection isn’t so interesting so we want something to be off kilter and this novel is chock full of off kilter. The only character who is consistently rendered as physically perfect is Nedra. She is beautiful, thin, tall, sophisticated. We are told that she is interested in the heart of existence (meals, bed linen, clothing). Realy? “She does everything, she does nothing.” And her life is “concealed”. She is a case in point. She drives down to The City every day and shops for goodies at Zabar’s and pops into the art galleries. She shops for lovely clothes and the odd arty thing to bring home and show to her family. She breezes in the door everyday just in time to whip up a clever little dinner. She has a passionate affair. And yet this life is just not enough. She wants more. I tried but I just couldn’t make myself care about how her life turned out.
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Pretention, pretention, pretention. I forgive some of the pretention because of its copywrite I guess. The characters in this book are so bland and one dimensional they almost disappear from the page. They are not based on reality. I found each and every character unlikeable and not worthy of their existence. I wonder if this is what the author had in mind in the first place. Although, I've known people like this and find them insufferable in their artsy pretention. I wish I'd left this novel alone. I'm grateful that I didn't pick it up when it was first published over forty years ago. It would have made me feel really bad about myself that I wasn't from such a 'cool' part of society. John Cheever got across the boorish angst of the times much more satisfactorily and without pretention. Stick to Cheever.
Light Years by James Salter sets a mood, a pace, a feeling about the passage of time, about the beauty and ugliness of the world, and our ability, as people, to make the best of the situations we find ourselves entangled within, to such an accomplished degree it is difficult to even discuss this novel.

As a writer, it amazes me how high a bar Salter sets with this work. He never misses a beat. The passage devoted to light, how the sun or lamps or streetlight illuminate (or fail to illuminate) a location, could be written about and heaped with superlatives.

I won’t say much about this novel except that it should be read; this is especially the case of all those who write.
You pick up this book and you're introduced to Viri and Nedra, a couple who are married (happily, perhaps) at the dawn of the Sixties. They have two kids, and as their lives progress the couple begin to see other people. Eventually they are divorced, and each seeks a new life. Friends and lovers either fall away or die, and finally these two pass from the pages of their own lives. The novel ends.

Sounds humdrum and not worth reading, right? That's where you're wrong: "Light Years," by James Salter, is a beautiful, heartbreaking book about people that, on the surface level, you may not give a damn about. They live the unexamined life, perhaps, or they're part of the beautiful people, with "white people problems" that don't relate to you. But their journey, apart and together, is our journey, the final destination not discriminating between rich and poor, white and black, male and female, and so on. This is a novel about the human condition; that it involves characters who could seriously be considered not even the main attractions of their own story is part of the point.

Marital infidelity reared its ugly head as the preeminent preoccupation of "serious" American novelists and short-story writers after the Second World War, and for much of the book Salter seems to be towing the line (affairs are begun and ended, alibis established, feelings that once moored two people together now drawing them apart). But the focus of his book is less in the salaciousness of illicit attractions and more in the damage done to two people who ostensibly loved one another, at least once, who are now realizing how little they still have those feelings for one another. Salter does this with beautiful prose that is evocative and shattering.

This is a novel of the Sixties, but it's not really about them; I always cringe when I see (usually in film or TV) visual, verbal, or musical cues to let us know when something is set, and there's barely any of that here. Salter knows that in real life, people don't talk about some of the things that eventually dominate an era; not when they're self-absorbed to the point of almost making the reader want them to end horribly. Viri and Nedra aren't sympathetic because of their actions, but in spite of them. The reader must ultimately embrace them as flawed, epically so.

I read "A Sport and a Pastime" last year, and was recommended this book by someone whose judgment I trust. That trust has been rewarded; "Light Years" is a quiet classic of American literature, a book that should be read more often than it is. Lives of quiet desperation have never quite been captured so beautifully.