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Light Years by James Salter
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Jun 15, 2010

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

This is a beautiful, sad book. Its beauty is that of a winter landscape, something frozen, except, there is no hope of a thaw. What is never mentioned is that these people are completely inured by their wealth and social class. They are "good" people who take pleasure in raising children, loving (in and outside the marriage bond), learning and having friends. But they have no purpose to their lives which are like one long, indolent afternoon and the result is something very, very sad. This is a book that made me happy to not have a lot of money. To have something at stake. If you've ever longed to be an independently wealthy bohemian, let this be the antidote. :)

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