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Light Years (Penguin Modern Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2007

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“Extraordinary . . . at once tender, exultant, unabashedly sexual, sensual, and profoundly sad. Light Years is a masterpiece.”
—Elizabeth Benedict, Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Remarkable. . . . Salter celebrates the silver-and-golden bitterness of life. Light Years . . . becomes an unexpectedly moving ode to beautiful lives frayed by time.”
—James Wolcott, Esquire
 
“[A] twentieth-century masterpiece. At once iridescent, lyrical, mystical and magnetic.”
Bloomsbury Review
 
“An absolutely beautiful, monstrous, important book.”
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Negra and Viri are a married couple whose favoured life is centred around dinners, ingenious games with their children, enviable friends and near-perfect days passed skating on a frozen river or sunning on the beach. But fine cracks are beginning to spread through the shimmering surface of their life - flaws that will eventually mar the lovely picture beyond repair. Seductive, witty, tender and resonant, "Light Years" is an exquisite novel of lost lives and the elusiveness of happiness.

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Von Ein Kunde am 18. März 2000
Format: Taschenbuch
Salter's poetic prose at times reads too precious. Characters come and go, are left behind- vanish, in a picaresque of loss and despair. What kept me reading was Salter's evocative description of place. He has the ability to distill the essence of geography with the skill of a cartographer while holding fast to the invisible details that bring a terrain to life. Perhaps I am faulting Salter for the book he in fact aimed to write. Light Years is about what the poet John Ashberry calls "time's silent roar" and its indifference to all within earshot of its muted din. Salter's vaporous characters inhabit a ghost-like nether world intimating with each jaded aside: "We are here only for so long, and there's not a damn thing we can do about it." They remain on the page, never jumping full to life- obscure, shadowed, and with the pall of death lingering over them like a coming storm.
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"...photographs, noons. I adore you." Viri makes up these lines to his lover, Kaya. How do I express this-- what I hold in me of this book? I've read it twice, the first time, I was fifteen and sitting in the back of my parents' car and read it whole in four hours in the heat and dry luster of Northern California summertime. I memorized that line, the above one, and when I fell slowly and inexorably into passionate crazy love with *this other author* I spent long days at the beach, scrawling Salter's lines in the sand with a thin piece of driftwood. Salter captures the dense erotic luster of relationships like no one else. I fell in love with this book. It taught me so many things. Ah, I've forgotten about the second time I read it. Yes, that was something. I read it because I knew I had missed the message the first time around. Thoroughly passion-crazed in my own life, I needed to feel the supple prose slip me into dream-world again. What a lovely book. Ai, and read Salter's *Dusk*, as well.
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This novel, set in the period between the mid 1950s and mid 1970s in New York, is the story of the marriage of well-off Viri and Nedra. The chapters are episodic, each one painting a picture of the marriage. Much of the plot (what there is of plot that is)seems to takes place at small intimate dinner parties. The prose is quite beautiful - thick and textured, lyrical and evocative. But it only keeps us distanced from these already remote characters. I felt like I was observing Viri and Nedra under water, or through a thick layer of fog. Why are Viri and Nedra having their respective affairs? Why is the marriage crumbling, while they remain polite and affable with each other? The author never answers these questions other than to suggest it is collapsing under the weight of their own ennui and vacuity.The tumultuous political and historical events of the Sixties never seem to touch the characters in the book. I must admit that the first half of the book left me cold. Viri and Nedra seem self-indulgent people, not worthy of the readers attention. What kept me with the story was the exquisite prose style that Salter has crafted. But more and more I was drawn into and touched by their very sad story even as I still felt distanced from them. Just to immerse oneself in Salter's beautiful writing style made this a worthwhile reading experience.
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Does a good novel really have to have a sophisticated plot? After having read "Light Years" I would rather say, not really. James Salter's book is actually a long Short Story - and to begin with, a book of amazing stylistic virtuosity. It reads partially as lyrics, presents the lives of the protagonists as a collection of snapshots, a family album of Chekhovian stasis and tranquility swept away by the unremitting flow of time. The Universe of the "Light Years" is a strange one. Things seem to happen without any obvious reason, it seems to go without saying, that couples grow tired of their spouses, commit adultery without ceasing to love each other. Reasons or motivations are not really relevant in this book. Although there is indeed a story told, a plot held together by chronology, the texture of the novel is the mirror of a state of mind, of images seen by looking back into the past from an immeasurable distance - from the distance of Lightyears. Salter's novel is a book of unpathetic, repressed sentimentality - a book for nostalgia-stricken dreamers. I relished the story by reading it in small portions, enjoyed the beauty of Salter's descriptions, his fabulous language. I'll read this book again in ten years.
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Von Ein Kunde am 28. Juni 1999
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A wonderfully-written, poignant portrait of a marriage. The end filled me with sadness and the chapters were consistently memorable. Salter is a miniaturist -- that is, he very effectively evokes isolated scenes with memorable details -- but he manages to convey time's passage as well. Salter has to be one of the top English stylists of the century. I marked the novel down one star only because I thought the fate of one of the central characters was not believable.
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