The Hunters (Paperback)

Author: Salter, James

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Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9781619020542
SKU 228790196
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1619020548
Release Date 8/21/2012
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James Salter
Salter was born James Horowitz and attended New York City's Horace Mann School, where he published poetry in the school magazine. He then went to West Point, his father's alma mater, graduating in 1945. He spent 12 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and was based mainly in Europe, but he did serve in Korea, and his war experiences served as material for his first novel. (He has since repudiated his first two books, though one--THE ARM OF FLESH--was completely rewritten and published in 2000 as CASSADA.) Salter's first successful novel, A SPORT AND A PASTIME (1967), an erotic novel about an American man's romance with a Frenchwoman, was written when he lived in France from in the early '60s. In 1975, LIGHT YEARS was published--a novel about divorce, following which his own marriage broke up. Salter has written screenplays (most famously, Robert Redford's DOWNHILL RACER, in 1969) as well as novels, but is not a prolific writer--and he regrets that he didn't begin until he was in his mid-30s. Long considered an underestimated "writer's writer," Salter is revered for the clarity and precision of his language, and his deep insights into the lives of people who are often, in one way or another, peripheral--often artists or expatriates. He has two sons and two daughters. In 1997, he published his autobiography, BURNING THE DAYS.
"A darkly romantic novel about an American pilot reminiscent of Faulkner's Satoris."
"James Salter, a West Pointer who went to Korea as a jet fighter pilot, has written a novel of that Far Eastern event that has none of the hokum that (for the sake of specific comparison with recent popular Korean war tales) marks James Michener's output. But if you want to set aside such caricatures of men at modern war, if you wish to know that breed of man our times have developed..., curl up for a flight with 'The Hunters'."
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Annotation James Salter's first novel is about a fighter pilot in the Korean War, of which the author is a veteran. Published in 1956. THE HUNTERS tells the story of Captain Steve Connell, who after an endless number of missions, finds his confidence waning--to the point where he begins to question the meaning of not only what he is doing but his entire existence.
Editors Note Captain Cleve Connell has already made a name for himself among pilots when he arrives in Korea during the war there to fly the newly operational F-86 fighters against the Soviet MIGs. His goal, like that of every fighter pilot, is to chalk up enough kills to become an ace.|But things do not turn out as expected. Mission after mission proves fruitless, and Connell finds his ability and his stomach for combat questioned by his fellow airmen: the brash wing commander, Imil; Captain Robey, an ace whose record is suspect; and finally, Lieutenant Pell, a cocky young pilot with an uncanny amount of skill and luck.|Disappointment and fear gradually erode Connell's faith in himself, and his dream of making ace seems to slip out of reach. Then suddenly, one dramatic mission above the Yalu River reveals the depth of his courage and honor.|Originally published in 1956, The Hunters was James Salter's first novel. Based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it is a classic of wartime fiction. Now revised by the author and back in print on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Air Force, the story of Cleve Connell's war flies straight into the heart of men's rivalries and fears.
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