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The Hunters (Paperback)

Author:  James Salter
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375703926
ISBN-13: 9780375703928
Sku: 30505576
Publish Date: 4/30/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  256
Edition Number:  1
Age Range:  NA
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With his stirring, rapturous first novel--originally published in 1956 --James Salter established himself as the most electrifying prose stylist since Hemingway. Four decades later, it is clear that he also fashioned the most enduring fiction ever about aerial warfare.
Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill--sometimes under dubious circumstances--Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. Cleve comes to question himself. And then in one icy instant 40,000 feet above the Yalu River, his luck changes forever. Filled with courage and despair, eerie beauty and corrosive rivalry, The Hunters is a landmark in the literature of war.
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With his stirring, rapturous first novel--originally published in 1956 --James Salter established himself as the most electrifying prose stylist since Hemingway. Four decades later, it is clear that he also fashioned the most enduring fiction ever about aerial warfare.

Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill--sometimes under dubious circumstances--Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. Cleve comes to question himself. And then in one icy instant 40,000 feet above the Yalu River, his luck changes forever. Filled with courage and despair, eerie beauty and corrosive rivalry, The Hunters is a landmark in the literature of war.
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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.
Author Bio
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.

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New York Times Book Review
"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'." - George Barrett 03/04/1956

Chicago Tribune
"A darkly romantic novel about an American pilot reminiscent of Faulkner's Satoris." - Alan Cheuse

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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