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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

James Salter

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pbgord January 28th, 2006 06:53 PM PST

As with numerous authors, I am knocked out by a couple of books and, for some reason, never get around to the others! That's the case with Salter who has written at least half a dozen novels since the '50s and recently published short fiction -- yet I've only been compelled to read two novels, each of which is a KNOCK-OUT.

Start with A Sport and a Past Time. It's a bit of a dense, sometimes poetic read but it is worth it. A narrator voyeuristically tells the story of a love affair between a young American man and a young French woman. Very sensual, erotic and tragic. I read it more than 10 years ago and writing this makes me want to go back and re-read it.

After you read it, move on to Light Years, Salter's amazing evocation of a marriage. This one I did read twice. Very powerful about intimacy, yearning and loss. Enjoy!


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