Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Hunters by James Salter

The Hunters is James Salter’s first novel.  Based on his experience as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it starts off conventionally, and slowly.  If you have read other Salter works, there are moments of the brilliance that is to come; flashes of the later writer.

So, although this work is by no means exceptional, this largely rests with my view of what Salter would later accomplish in works like Light Years and A Sport and a Past Time.  The Hunters reads like a war novel largely written for an adaptation to the big screen (and it was made into a movie).

If you want to read Salter’s work, you can start with this one.  If you read some of his other, later works, your palate will be tainted.

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