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Solo Faces

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by James Salter
 

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

James Salter 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

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

James Salter 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 dissapates and he returns to the anonymity he prefers, having thoroughly satisfied himself.

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Solo Faces contrasts a devotion to mountain climbing with the earthbound tugs of love and ordinary life . . . A beautifully composed book that will remind readers of Camus and Saint-Exupery. It exemplifies the purity it describes.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“[Salter is in] the great modern tradition of Conrad and Hemingway and Malraux.” —Samuel Hynes, The New York Times Book Review

“A terrific novel--compelling, sad, wise, and kindhearted. Mr. Salter's prose is rare and stunning . . . How energizing it is to read a novel with a real hero in it--and a real hero he is.” —John Irving

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865473218
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/01/1988
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
335,027
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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 ofDownhill 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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Solo Faces 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Rand is a climber who has lost his way and is fixing roofs in California. One day, he heads to nature and bumps into an old climbing friend. It reignites his fire to climb and conquer. He leaves everything behind and heads to France. He encounters other climbers and accomplishes great climbing feats. Along the way, however, he burns bridges and hurts people. It's not his intent, but a consequence nonetheless. At the core, his only love is climbing and he is most at east in the presence of nothing but the steep face of a mountain.