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The salt point is the place in the Hudson where the river changes from fresh to salt water. "It's always changing," says Chris, one of the three friends whose shifting affections are recounted in this subtle and accomplished novel. "You can't exactly fix it, but it's there, a point. But it's never the same." Set in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the 1980s (this St. Martin's volume is a much-welcome reprint of the 1990 Dutton edition), The Salt Point follows Chris, Lydia, and Anatole through the crisis that results from Anatole's discovery of a beautiful fair-haired youth that he dubs "Our Boy of the Mall." At first, it is Anatole who falls for Leigh, offering him a place to stay for a while, and respecting the young man's wish not to talk about himself, and not to be touched. But soon Leigh makes himself available to Lydia, as well, permitting her sex without the intimacy he enjoys with Anatole. While the friendship had once centered on Chris, the aloof and ironic focus of both Anatole and Lydia's longing, he now watches warily as his friends battle for the elusive Leigh. When Leigh shows up unexpectedly at Chris's music store, all Chris's good intentions, and his talent for withdrawal, come into question. Paul Russell, better known for The Coming Storm, moves with ease between his characters, alert to every nuance of their conflicting loves and loyalties. --Regina Marler


"Mr. Russell has created a wise, tender, and remarkably engrossing story about human affections—their power and illogic, their preciousness and unpredictability—and about how those affections flare and fare at the 'salt point.'"—Bruce Bawer, The Wall Street Journal

"The Salt Point finds the sacred and poetic even in the slag heap of small-town America."—Edmund White

"Like one of the nastier Henry James novels, The Salt Point shows how very possible it is for all of its characters to do unspeakable harm to each other, without allowing themselves to know what they are doing."—Madison Smartt Bell, The Village Voice

"Russell moves his characters into various striking arrangements with one another as deftly as a chess master and writes about their longings with cool, evocative precision."—The Washington Post Book World


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intriguing psychosexual novel 25. Oktober 1999
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The three main characters conduct deep, self analysis over their individual attractions to and experiences with a young, handsome street "hustler". Each of the main characters (two men and one woman) reflect on their pasts and internalizes his/her relationship with the others and with the beautiful street boy. This infatuation and desire eventually leads to self recrimination and seriously undermines the friendships. This was a good work with much psychological speculation.
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Smart Read 11. Juli 2001
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This book deals with those of us who are gay and are trying to find that perfect partner. I guess it spoke strongly to me because while I am in my early 30s, I was dating someone in his early 20s. While a difference in 10 years may not be much, in this age bracket it does prove to be. The longing to be with someone, falling for the wrong person, and missing the better choice out of blind passion. Wonderful story!
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" The bitter after taste of salt..." 27. April 2001
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Having been swept away with Paul Russell's, " The Coming Storm," I was eager to read his earlier writings. I found myself reading a book that could in many ways be the screenplay for my own life! The man is a genius in being able to transport a reader back to those painfully akward moments of early adulthood when they are battling the inner demons of friendship, loyalty, burgeoning sexuality and the sheer confusion that manifested itself in the 80's -- the era of flamboyant decadence!
Anatole, Chris and Lydia could be the every person's version of the three musketeers. Together through thick and thin, good times and bad, in moments of abandoned logic where suddenly two people come together in a frenzied moment of lust that often abandoned or injured the missing third party.
I was especially fond of the dance of confusion danced by Chris who knew in his heart of hearts who he truly desired but was afraid to listen to that small voice. He is attracted to Anatole but dances ina frenzy with Lydia and then finds himself on the outside looking in as both Anatole and Lydia discover a blond siren named Leigh.
Plot twists and turns, and well versed three dimensional character development allow for this relatively short story to build to a thundering crescendo like climax.
This is one of my favourite writing styles where you enter the hearts and minds of more than one central character. I laughed and cried with each of them, and even tasted those same salty tears as I remembered back to a time when I too felt like an insider and an outsider all at the same time!
This is definitely a book to pick up for those in a nostalgic mood, as well as those curious to know whether Russell's writing could be compared against " The Coming Storm. "
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Even friends hide things from each other 12. April 2001
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The other reviews address the story line of this tale quite well. But what I found most interesting was how the introduction of a mysterious and somewhat sexually ambiguous young man into the midst of close friends suddenly changes what friendship means. No one comes out of this tale looking like a saint, and it will be a cold and calculating reader that will be unable to find a bit of themselves in each character. This book is a character study, with each character at the center of a series of set pieces. A reader looking for a clear plot line won't find one. But the characterizations are superb, the narrative voice expressing each character with an authenticity that is too infrequently found in much of today's literature.
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sorry it ended 19. Februar 2001
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The Salt Point is a wonderful story surrounding the lives of three friends: Lydia, Chris, and Anatole. Throughout the book, the pasts of each is revealed and you learn more about why they act the way they do. Their lives are stagnant and complicated, but satisfying, until Leigh enters the picture. Leigh is a teenager who capitivates the three freinds with his beauty and charm. He likes for everyone to think he's a mystery, in order to keep their attention. Leigh disrupts their lives completely and destroys their misguided happiness. What some people might find too soap operish about the relationships between the four characters, I thought was the greatest strength of Russell as an author because he is able to pull you into the lives of these individuals, as if they are real people, and feel sorrow or anger towards them. How you can just feel your heart ache when you witness how strong Anatole's love for Leigh is that he would suffer so much. When I reached the end of the book, I was disappointed that there wasn't more. I didn't want to leave their world. That is the sign of a great writer.
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