Iron and Silk (1987)
GUEST REVIEW by Andrew Geller
Outstanding autobiographical account of pre-Tienamin Square China. The bizarre intersections of absurd beauracracy, Party cadres, and the timeless traditions of the ancient Chinese culture are handled with a wit and grace rarely seen. A quick and uplifting read. Also an excellent choice for the Movie/Book page.
NOTE from Orrin:
This book is from the excellent Vintage Departures imprint. They publish a series of books about world travels and pretty much every book they've put out that I've read is terrific (see below).
Salzman's story truly is uplifting. At a time where cultural diversity is a centrifugal force in much of the world, it's interesting to see the benefits (and amusement) that can come from cultural interaction.
-WIKIPEDIA: James Salter
-INTERVIEW: James Salter, The Art of Fiction No. 133 (Interviewed by Edward HirschISSUE 127, SUMMER 1993, Paris Review)
-ESSAY: James Salter’s Strange Career (JEFFREY MEYERS, salmagundi)
-ESSAY: James Salter’s style: a neglected master of the American novel (Jeffrey Meyers, 8/07/22, The Article)
-ESSAY: Beauty in the Ordinary (Carla Baricz, 12/10/20, Ploughshares)
-REVIEW : of Light Years by James Salter (Anita Brookner, The Spectator)
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-READERS GUIDE : Lying Awake by Mark Salzman (Book Browse)
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