Cassada

Salter, James

Published by Counterpoint Press, 2000
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An uncorrected Proof Copy. Fine. ; 0.9 x 8.3 x 5.5 Inches; 256 pages; James Salter revisits his second novel, The Arm of Flesh, making extensive changes and rewriting many portions entirely. The resulting work Cassada combines the untamed vision of a young military pilot with the clarity and power of a masterful writer. James Salter is one of America's greatest prose stylists. His first two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh , are legendary in military circles for their descriptions of 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 a pilot in wartime.The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe encompass the contradictions of military experience and the men's response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada , Salter captures the strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride. One of Americas greatest prose stylists, James Salter is often praised by literary readers for the clear, shimmering surface of his writing. His first two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, are also known in military circles, where his descriptions of flying and combat are legendary. A former Air Force pilot who flew F-86 fighters in Korea, Salter writes with matchless insight about the terror and exhilaration that accompany a pilot in wartime.In returning to The Arm of Flesh forty years after writing it, Salter has identified structural weaknesses that have caused him to reconsider his second novel altogether. He is now engaged in a complete reworking of the narrative, an all-but-new novel entitled Cassada. The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe--Captains Isbell and Wickenden, Lieutenants Sisse, Godchaux, Grace, and others--encompass the contradictions of military experience and in particular the response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada, Salter captures a strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: James Salter revisits his second novel, The Arm of Flesh, making extensive changes and rewriting many portions entirely. The resulting work combines the untamed vision of a young military pilot with the clarity and power of a masterful writer

One of America's greatest prose stylists, James Salter is often praised by literary readers for the clear, shimmering surface of his writing. His first two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, are also known in military circles, where his descriptions of flying and combat are legendary. A former Air Force pilot who flew F-86 fighters in Korea, Salter writes with matchless insight about the terror and exhilaration that accompany a pilot in wartime.

The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe-Captains Isbell and Wickenden, Lieutenants Sisse, Godchaux, Grace, and others-encompass the contradictions of military experience and in particular the response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada, Salter captures a strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride.

About the Author: James Salter has been described as the writer most admired by other writers. As Washington Post critic Michael Dirda wrote, "He can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence." At one time a regular officer and a fighter pilot during the Korean conflict, Salter ended his military career to become a writer in 1957. He is the author of five novels, including the highly acclaimed A Sport and a Pastime and Light Years. His collection of short fiction, Dusk and Other Stories, was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1988. Salter's memoir, Burning the Days, was published to great acclaim in 1997, as was the revised edition of his first novel, The Hunters.

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Title: Cassada
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication Date: 2000
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