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Light Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006

    An exceptional book

    Light years is probably the best book I have ever read. Engaging story, exceptional character development, and best of all, elegant prose. Salter, like Hemingway, is brilliant at conveying emotion, mood, atmosphere and character without any excess language. I actually wept at the book's conclusion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Gorgeously written devastating story

    This is a book I turn to again and again just to read passages because I so love the prose. One of my favorite all-time books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    I discovered Salter by chance, and chose this particular novel o

    I discovered Salter by chance, and chose this particular novel out of all his published work because it seemed relatable. I will be honest, it took me some time to adjust to his writing style, and follow the many characters in the story. I am happy I stuck with it, however, as I believe I have found an amazing author. The novels I normally read are straight forward, usually historical fiction, telling a story of a particular place, time, and/or person. This novel challenged me, made me think and wonder what exactly the author was trying to convey. Several times during the novel, I found myself wondering which character he was talking about - was it a new character or someone else? This style of writing may not be for everyone. I could not, without a doubt, read several books like this is a row. But occasionally it is nice to analyze, rather than be told a story in a straight forward manner. All that said, I found the book very "real" and heartbreaking. Salter showed how we all think "the grass is always greener" yet it may often not be. Many of us live in a fantasy world that if circumstances were different, we would be happy. Salter shows this is not always the case. I would recommend this book to my "thinking" friends, not my beach read pals. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Just amazing

    Can't recommend it enough. Some of the best writing I've ever come across.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Just not that into it

    I just could not get into this book---though I did finish it. I found the characters mostly to be shallow and self-absorbed. None were very likable. I felt little empathy or sympathy for them. The plot was slow-moving and disappointing. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but not much did. Most of the book was dialogue between characters, not action, not setting. The ending just, well, ended. There wasn't much of a wrap-up. I bought the book because the BN Review gave it a good review as did some readers. Guess it just wasn't for me.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    No on writes like Salter.

    I first read this book in a modern novel course in college, and I'm so glad I took that course if for no other reason than to read this book. I've since read two other novels (A Sport and a Pastime, & Solo Faces) and two volumes of short stories (Dusk, & Last Night) by Salter. Light Years is, in my opinion his best work. It is sensual, iridescently melancholy, and serene. A pristine work of art.

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    Posted April 22, 2013

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