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Publisher Comments:

A riveting combination of fiction, journal writing, and memoir, Gods of Tin is Salter's own story of his days as a fighter pilot in Korea.

A singular life often circles around a singular moment, an occasion when one's life in the world is defined forever and the emotional vocabulary is set. For the extraordinary writer James Salter, this moment was found in the fighter planes over Korea where, during his young manhood, he flew more than one hundred missions. As the New York Times noted, "It isn't often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it; Saint-Exupery was one; Salter is another."

The editors have gathered selections from a journal Salter kept during the Korean War, published here for the first time, and assembled selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author's celebrated memoir, Burning the Days. As the editors comment in a brief introduction, "It is, as a record of the day-to-day, mission-to-mission life of a young fighter pilot, a remarkable document by any standard. But it provides as well a view into the 'crucible of a writer's beginnings, like pencil studies that precede a painting, in which the essential qualities of the artist's hand are unmistakable.'"

Review:

"A splendid thing in a small package is this flying book compiled from several earlier works of fiction (including the great novel of Korean War aviation, The Hunters) and memoir, and from Salter's journals. Salter graduated from West Point in 1945 and went straight into the Army Air Force, later the U.S. Air Force. His training was not always smooth — he once lost his way over Pennsylvania and crashed into a house in Massachusetts. But he survived to qualify in fighters and to fly a tour of duty (100 missions) in Korea in F-86s, shooting down one MiG. After the war Salter flew fighters in Europe before resigning from the Air Force to embark upon a distinguished literary career. The text has excerpts from The Hunters; another novel about the European years, Cassada; his previous memoir, Burning the Days; and an unpublished diary from the Korean tour. Although it's sometimes difficult to tell whose voice one is hearing, all the voices have a superb command of the English language and vividly depict the sensations and human interactions involved in flying. Forecast: For lovers of superior aviation writing, this book will be a treat; its appearance may help bring some of the author's other books back into print. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Packs a forceful punch....Its slimness is due in part to the author's voice, marked by brevity, and his uncanny ability to freeze a scene." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[T]he book collocates some of the finest aviation writing of the twentieth century, otherwise hard to find, if not altogether out of print. Let us hope this book will inspire the reprinting of some of those from which it extracts." Booklist

Review:

"Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure. He is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as yet unpublished books I wait for impatiently." Susan Sontag

Synopsis:

Selections and photographs gathered from a journal kept by the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author during the Korean War are assembled with selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author's celebrated memoir, Burning the Days.

Synopsis:

A singular life often circles around a singular moment, an occasion when one's life in the world is defined forever and the emotional vocabulary set. For the extraordinary writer James Salter—recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award—this moment was contained in the fighter planes over Korea where, during his young manhood, he flew more than one hundred missions. The editors have gathered selections and photographs from a journal Salter kept during the Korean War, published here for the first time, and assembled selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author's celebrated memoir, Burning the Days. As commented in a brief introduction, "It is, as a record of the day-to-day, mission-to-mission life of a young fighter pilot, a remarkable document by any standard. But it provides as well a view into the 'crucible of a writer's beginnings, like pencil studies that precede a painting, in which the essential qualities of the artist's hand are unmistakable.'"

About the Author

James Salter is the author of six other books, including Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, and Dusk and Other Stories, for which he was given the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between New York and Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593760069
Author:
Salter, James
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Editor:
Benton, Jessica; Benton, William
Editor:
Benton, Jessica
Editor:
Benton, William
Author:
Benton, Jessica
Author:
Benton, William
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Korean War
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Photographs
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7 x 5.5 in 9.6 oz

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Product details 192 pages Shoemaker & Hoard - English 9781593760069 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A splendid thing in a small package is this flying book compiled from several earlier works of fiction (including the great novel of Korean War aviation, The Hunters) and memoir, and from Salter's journals. Salter graduated from West Point in 1945 and went straight into the Army Air Force, later the U.S. Air Force. His training was not always smooth — he once lost his way over Pennsylvania and crashed into a house in Massachusetts. But he survived to qualify in fighters and to fly a tour of duty (100 missions) in Korea in F-86s, shooting down one MiG. After the war Salter flew fighters in Europe before resigning from the Air Force to embark upon a distinguished literary career. The text has excerpts from The Hunters; another novel about the European years, Cassada; his previous memoir, Burning the Days; and an unpublished diary from the Korean tour. Although it's sometimes difficult to tell whose voice one is hearing, all the voices have a superb command of the English language and vividly depict the sensations and human interactions involved in flying. Forecast: For lovers of superior aviation writing, this book will be a treat; its appearance may help bring some of the author's other books back into print. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Packs a forceful punch....Its slimness is due in part to the author's voice, marked by brevity, and his uncanny ability to freeze a scene."
"Review" by , "[T]he book collocates some of the finest aviation writing of the twentieth century, otherwise hard to find, if not altogether out of print. Let us hope this book will inspire the reprinting of some of those from which it extracts."
"Review" by , "Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure. He is among the very few North American writers all of whose work I want to read, whose as yet unpublished books I wait for impatiently."
"Synopsis" by , Selections and photographs gathered from a journal kept by the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author during the Korean War are assembled with selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author's celebrated memoir, Burning the Days.
"Synopsis" by ,
A singular life often circles around a singular moment, an occasion when one's life in the world is defined forever and the emotional vocabulary set. For the extraordinary writer James Salter—recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award—this moment was contained in the fighter planes over Korea where, during his young manhood, he flew more than one hundred missions. The editors have gathered selections and photographs from a journal Salter kept during the Korean War, published here for the first time, and assembled selections from two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, and from the author's celebrated memoir, Burning the Days. As commented in a brief introduction, "It is, as a record of the day-to-day, mission-to-mission life of a young fighter pilot, a remarkable document by any standard. But it provides as well a view into the 'crucible of a writer's beginnings, like pencil studies that precede a painting, in which the essential qualities of the artist's hand are unmistakable.'"
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