By James Salter
"As approximately ideal as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds rate (The big apple Times) defined this vintage that has been a favourite of readers, either right here and in Europe, for nearly 40 years. Set in provincial France within the Nineteen Sixties, it's the intensely carnal story--part surprising fact, half feverish dream --of a love affair among a footloose Yale dropout and a tender French woman. there's the visible and the unseen--and pages that burn with an extraordinary intensity.
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Everything I think or have thought is true. Weak things collapse. Tell your friends how much you dislike them. I promise I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m a professional. I promise there are more examples of how to mistreat people than anything else. I promise to professionally make you an example. 25 HEIL ME! Sorry I clipped your fingernails too short but it’s hard to do with scissors–please don’t be mean. You can put your fingers in my mouth I have a feeling that will make them better. When I lick the pulp beneath your nails you will feel better and maybe I will too.
Yes I get hard when you are mad. Yes nothing gets me hard anymore. 28 MY LITTER-SKULL If you don’t kill your bad thoughts, your bad thoughts will kill you. It’s the same with your pets and the same with all your relatives I guess. 29 SOMETHING TELLS ME I’M GOING TO DIE IN AN ALLEY When your hand is a field it will make many things. When your hand is a field it will be covered in dirt. When you stand face to face with the things you’ve made but do not like, it will define you in some way. And when your hand is a field your tongue is a cloud.
I am not accomplishing anything—my feet are shovels and all my sperm are tailless. Is good feeling. 17 THE NAP At the grocery store today I saw a very huge woman on a motorized vehicle. There were kids running circles around her. When I got outside with my groceries there was snow falling and I knew the snow was disappearing when it hit the ground. I also knew that I was at the part of the nap where I realize the nap is long. Very long. I was at the part of the nap where I realize the nap is long and that it will end itself without my permission.