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This review is from: Last Night: Stories (Paperback)These stories - mostly of infidelity with unusual twists - have wide-ranging, semi-glamorous settings: the military, LA TV people, Wall Street dealers, literary types, New York high-lifers... People in this comfortable world say, 'He was a poet, of course', and go off 'with a man named Rodriguez who owned some beauty parlours'; in particular, middle-aged men are liable to risk it all for sights like 'the faint trace of bones like pearls that ran down her smooth back'. Smooth female beauty ('Ardis possessed extraordinary skin, luminous and smooth, a skin so pure that to touch it would make one tremble') is everywhere, alongside mild irony ('it had been a while since Adele had married'), judicious similes ('She was a kind of cheap goddess') and poised, weighted and classy paragraphs and dialogue (too long to quote, but just open the book anywhere)... If a good short-story, for me, is easy to get into, makes you inhabit the characters' worlds quickly, surprises you, and ends just at the right time and in the right way, then these fit the template beautifully. Something really subtle and hard-worked is going on, making them so fine that I'll even forgive them their patrician tastefulness. I'd definitely read more by this writer. Any recommendations?
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2011 21:37:59 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
Yes Bob - read A Sport and a Passtime for the story of a delightful love affair with even the sex described with tremendous sang froid and delicacy. Really love Salter's work.
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