Last Night: Stories
Critics call novelist and short-story writer Salter a writer's writer. These stories (some previously published in Esquire and The New Yorker) also confirm that he's "a reader's writer" in his exploration of universal themes (Rocky Mountain News). Reviewers unanimously applaud Salter's gleaming, precise prose and haunting retrospection, which reinforce complex and sophisticated characters and themes. "You can practically smell the cigarette smoke and hear the booze-scratched timbre of Salter's c...more
Short stories intrigue me. The reader only gets a slice of the character's lives and that is so true with James Salter. In these ten stories, you enter right in the middle. Things have happen...more
The effect was cumulative. From start to finish I followed a series of unrelated but analogous and increasingly involving incidents, each featuring lovers in a varying states of desire, devotion or disrepair. The book, a short story collection, opens with a simple wedding and ends with a couple’s botched go at euthanasia, which wound up seeming the beginning and ending of one loosely woven account, a continuum of relationships. To start I was yawning; by the end I was too verklempt to breathe.
James Salter is really an under-appreciated writer. While he's considered to be more of a writer's writer, he really has an impressive way with words. This set of short stories explore human relations in a realistic and heartbreaking way. At the beginning of each, you are drawn in an...more
Recommended by Shawn, Powells.com
Ten short stories are included in this collection. Some have characters or situation that overlap and give the book a way to link the stories together. Just because characters aren't likable doesn't mean that the stories aren't well written; some of the situations captured are appalling but, really,...more
Notable stories: Platinum, Give, Last Night.
the stories are absorbing, and the prose is lovely: clean, concise, and structurally pleasing and surprising--
"They had twin beds in the apartment off Venice Boulevard and also that summer in Malibu in a house rented from an actor who had gone on location for six weeks. There was a leafy passageway that led to the beach. She didn't wear a bik...more