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Solo Faces

Salter, James

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ISBN 10: 0865473218 / ISBN 13: 9780865473218
Published by North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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218pp. Blue bands across top and bottom of front cover, with white lettering superimposed; in between a light blue grid is superimposed upon a mountain climbing scene, a lonely climber in the distance, mooving up the incline, silhouetted against the silver sky. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall First Paperback Edition, Second Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 002765

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Title: Solo Faces

Publisher: North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Solo Faces exposes the obsession that draws climbers away from civilization to test themselves against the most intimidating and inaccessible mountains in the world.

James Salter's novel captures the adventure of Gary, a roofer of churches, who feels restrained by conventions and flat ground. Unable to find happiness in his life, he travels to southern France to climb to the summits of the Alps. He finds peace and happiness within himself soon after. But when fellow climbers are trapped on the mountain, he makes a daring one-man rescue during a storm that brings him the notice he has always shunned. But the glory quickly dissipates and he returns to the anonymity he prefers, having thoroughly satisfied himself.

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James Salter was the celebrated author of six novels (The Hunters, 1957; The Arm of Flesh, 1961; A Sport and a Pastime, 1967; Light Years, 1975; Solo Faces, 1979; and All That Is, 2013) and three books of stories (Dusk and Other Stories, 1988; Last Night, 2005; and Collected Stories, 2013), as well a memoir, Burning the Days (1997). He also had a successful Hollywood career, most notably as the screenwriter of Downhill Racer (1969). Born in New Jersey in 1926 and raised in New York City, he attended West Point during World War II and served as an officer and a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1945 to 1957. He drew on his combat experiences in Korea for his first two novels, though it was not until the controversial but now-classic A Sport and a Pastime that he considered that he had come close to measuring up to his own standards. He was a recipient of the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2012 PEN/Malamud Award. He died in Sag Harbor, New York, in 2015.

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