Rich's Reviews > The Hunters
Aug 23, 2012
Recommended to Rich by: Bash
James Salter's The Hunters is a very good book. Unfortunately, I picked it up just prior to moving, but if my time were mine it would have been read quite quickly. Salter was a previous Air Force pilot and officer, but even still I was surprised to find The Hunters so genuine and free of unrealistic banter. I particularly liked this...
Being in a squadron was a digest of life. You were a child when you joined. There was endless opportunity, and everything was new. Gradually, almost unknowingly, the days of painful learning and delight were over; you achieved maturity; and then suddenly you were old, with new faces and relationships that were difficult to recognize rising up quickly all around you, until you found yourself existing practically unwelcome in the midst of them, with all the men you had known and lived with gone and the war little more than unsharable memories of things that had taken place long ago. It was like the last year of college, and the final examinations just over. Everybody was rushing to leave, many of them friends. Most of them you would never see again.... The rooms were being continually filled with strangers, more of them every week. They knew nothing of the past and its holiness. For them, the war began the day of their arrival, and it would be a long time before they were tired of it and going home themselves, those that finished. Cleve searched, but he could not find himself among them. They were all so inexperienced and confident."Its often when you find yourself in the military feeling like this, holding on to those fading memories, and Salter nailed that emotive sense.
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August 23, 2012 – Shelved
June 4, 2013 – Started Reading
June 4, 2013 –0.39% "Fighters don't fight, as Saint-Exupéry wrote, they murder, and the act was usually done by getting on the tail of the other plane, as close as possible, even point blank, and firing."
July 7, 2013 –12.5% "'That's what makes it a war, I suppose,' Cleve said. 'You shoot at them, they shoot at you.' 'That's right. What could be fairer?' 'Nothing.'"
July 20, 2013 – Finished Reading