Cassada by James Salter

By James Salter

The lives of officials in an Air strength squadron in occupied Europe surround the contradictions of army adventure and the men's reaction to a tender newcomer, vibrant and impressive, whose destiny is to be a symbol in their personal. In Cassada, Salter captures the unusual comradeship of loneliness, belief, and alienation between army males able to sacrifice all within the identify of responsibility and pride.

After futile makes an attempt at usual revision, Salter elected firstly a clean web page, to compose a wholly new novel dependent upon the characters and occasions of his moment lengthy unavailable novel, The Arm of Flesh. the end result, Cassada, is a masterpiece.

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And the popular poet Billy Collins cheerfully profanes Dickinson舗s woman-in-white mystique in 舠Taking Off Emily Dickinson舗s Clothes,舡 describing how I could plainly hear her inhale when I undid the very top hook-and-eye fastener of her corset Š and I could hear her sigh when finally it was unloosed, the way some readers sigh when they realize that Hope has feathers, that reason is a plank, that life is a loaded gun that looks right at you with a yellow eye. (Collins, Picnic, Lightning, p. 75) Adrienne Rich, in several striking poems, presents a feisty and determined Dickinson.

Page 8) Š Pain has an element of blank; It cannot recollect When it began, or if there were A day when it was not. (page 16) Š Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all. (page 22) Š For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy. (page 25) Š Surgeons must be very careful When they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions Stirs the culprit,舒Life! (page 28) Š Parting is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell.

20). 舡 But unfortunately, the 舠myth舡 she takes such pleasure in describing influenced our later notions of Dickinson much too heavily. Despite her seclusion, a large number of prominent figures came and went through her house. She also developed deep, though largely epistolary, friendships with several people: the clergyman Charles Wadsworth, whom she met in Philadelphia and described as her 舠dearest earthly friend舡; Samuel Bowles, editor of the Springfield Republican; and Judge Otis Phil lips Lord of Salem, Massachusetts.

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