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Solo Faces

A Novel

James Salter

North Point Press

This novel exposes the obsession that draws climbers away from civilization to test themselves against the most intimidating and inaccessible mountains in the world. Salter captures the adventure of Gary, a roofer of churches, who feels restrained by both conventions and flat ground. Unable to find happiness in his life, he travels to southern France to climb to the summits of the Alps. He finds peace and happiness within himself soon after. But when fellow climbers are trapped on the mountain, he makes a daring one-man rescue during a storm that brings him just the kind of attention he has always shunned. As the noted literary critic A. Alvarex has written, Solo Faces is "one of the few novels I have read which captures the genuine feel of climbing . . . Complex and sophisticated."

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Praise for Solo Faces

"Solo Faces contrasts a devotion to mountain climbing with the earthbound tugs of love and ordinary life . . . A beautifully composed book that will remind readers of Camus and Saint-Exupery. It exemplifies the purity it describes."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"[Salter is in] the great modern tradition of Conrad and Hemingway and Malraux."--Samuel Hynes, The New York Times Book Review

"A terrific novel--compelling, sad, wise, and kindhearted. Mr. Salter's prose is rare and stunning . . . How energizing it is to read a novel with a real hero in it--and a real hero he is.--John Irving

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James Salter

  • James Salter was born in New Jersey in 1926 and is the author of The Hunters, The Arm of Flesh, A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, Dusk and Other Stories (winner of the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award), and a memoir, Burning the Days. He lives in Aspen, Colorado, and Long Island, New York.
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Solo Faces

A Novel

James Salter

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North Point Press

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