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The Hunters [Format Kindle]

James Salter
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Revue de presse

"The contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers. . . . He can . . . break your heart with a sentence."  
--Washington Post Book World

"Anyone under forty may not appreciate how profoundly Salter influenced my generation. [He] created the finest work ever to appear in print--ever--about men who fly and fight."   --Robert F. Dorr, author of F-86 Sabre

Darkly romantic. . .beautifully composed. . .a brilliant war novel." --Chicago Tribune

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Captain Cleve Connell has already made a name for himself among pilots when he arrives in Korea during the war there to fly the newly operational F-86 fighters against the Soviet MIGs. His goal, like that of every fighter pilot, is to chalk up enough kills to become an ace.

But things do not turn out as expected. Mission after mission proves fruitless, and Connell finds his ability and his stomach for combat questioned by his fellow airmen: the brash wing commander, Imil; Captain Robey, an ace whose record is suspect; and finally, Lieutenant Pell, a cocky young pilot with an uncanny amount of skill and luck.

Disappointment and fear gradually erode Connell's faith in himself, and his dream of making ace seems to slip out of reach. Then suddenly, one dramatic mission above the Yalu River reveals the depth of his courage and honor.

Originally published in 1956, The Hunters was James Salter's first novel. Based on his own experiences as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, it is a classic of wartime fiction. Now revised by the author and back in print on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Air Force, the story of Cleve Connell's war flies straight into the heart of men's rivalries and fears.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 333 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Counterpoint; Édition : Reprint (1 septembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008PSP2AW
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 bon livre 8 mars 2013
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C'est un bon roman et n'a qu'un defaut : c est un roman.
J'ai une preference pour les livres relatant le vécu réel de pilotes.

Mais pour un roman c est un bon roman, on s'y croit (dans le ciel de la guerre de Corée) en le lisant et c est déjà pas mal, on sent que l auteur est un passionné d aviation et qu'il a frequenté des pilotes de chasse.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Timeless Classic That Stands Alone in Aviation Literature 18 avril 2000
Par Wayne Ralph - Publié sur
I am re-reading The Hunters by James Salter for about the fourth or fifth time, and continue to be amazed at its density and subtlety, and the truth of its story. Almost nothing in the history of air warfare has been written that compares with it for quality or maturity. It is the best psychological profile on the character of the fighter pilot and especially the mammoth ego of the fighter ace, ie, one who can claim 5 or more victories in aerial combat. Readers may want to compare The Hunters with Salter's more recent memoir Burning The Days, since the latter book includes the non-fiction story of Salter's own F-86 Sabre tour in Korea in an equally evocative way, but written more than 40 years after the event. The Hunters is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of air warfare, the Korean War, and the personality of the fighter pilot. It is an excellent work of high literary standards, that foreshadowed the achievements of Salter's non-aviation books that came later.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Psychological study of men at war 29 septembre 2002
Par Ronald Scheer - Publié sur
Much has already been said here about the precision of Salter's crisp, clean style. It's Hemingway over ice with a splash of bitters. If you love language, you will read every word. Much also has been said about this book as an accurate portrayal of flying and a great novel of warfare.
What I would add to all that is how "The Hunters" is a fascinating account of the dynamics within a group of highly trained men who engage in a high-risk occupation. The central character Cleve begins the novel as a well respected flyer, a cut above the rest, and admired by the less experienced men around him. Fiercely independent and reserved, he has a somewhat aloof personal style that makes him all the more respected and even idolized.
Enter a younger, hotshot flyer, brash and egotistical, the opposite of Cleve in every respect -- and, we are led to believe, somewhat less than honorable -- who quickly establishes himself as an equal to Cleve, determined to be seen by the commanding officers as superior. The rest of the novel is a psychological study of "grace under pressure" and the eventual failure of Cleve to maintain his position in this hierarchy of men, where the respect of others is the reason for being.
This drama of the individual against a closed social order that first praises and then abandons him is compelling from beginning to end. I recommend the book not only to readers looking for well-written accounts of air warfare. Its nuanced portrayal of the shifting dynamics among men in an all-male setting makes it excellent material for gender studies, as well. For another Salter book that picks up some of these same themes and writes about them just as eloquently, read his novel "Solo Faces."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Novel 24 décembre 2000
Par R. Albin - Publié sur
This was the first of several excellent novels (Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and A Pastime) by this author. Based on his own experience as a fighter pilot in Korea, The Hunters is the story of an American pilot who wishes to become an ace. Written in direct, deceptively simple, and precise language, The Hunters is an examination of the demands of wartime viewed through the prism of this relatively solitary pursuit. Salter conveys the experience of the Korean war and dog-fighting beautifully. Unlike most war novels, this book is a psychological novel preoccupied primarily with moral issues. The key questions are what is the appropriate way to live, and its obverse question, what is the appropriate way to die? This is the type of novel that Hemingway tried to write in For Whom The Bell Tolls. Where Hemingway failed, Salter succeeds. This deceptively modest book is much better than most of the serious American literature published over the last 50 years.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best aviation war novel extant 9 octobre 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur
The Hunters , James Salter's first novel, just reissued in revised edition by Counterpoint Press, is arguably the best aviation war novel ever written. It is also noteworthy as an historical document of the cold war which will be instructive to many modern readers. Although it presents the fighter pilots of its day in full swashbuckle, the novel's intense drama comes from the internal tension of individuals reacting to strange and hostile environments and events. Yet it is a very good read.
The Hunters is a first-rate novel about a war written by a warrior. If Hemingway and Stephen Crane became famous by writing about war, neither logged any real time as warriors. James Salter, on the other hand, actually talked the talk, walked the walk, and lived the life of the jet fighter pilot in combat when even the name, jet fighter, was itself new.
Salter knew and flew with some of the major Aces of his day as well as other pilots who would achieve international fame later such as future Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Virgil Grissom. So it is important for the reader to remember that James Salter not only wrote of those who had the right stuff, he had it himself. He was still flying jets when he wrote The Hunters.. Its successful publication made it possible for him to give up his Air Force career to become a full-time writer.The Hunters explores how it was to fight the first of our string of bureaucratized wars emerging from the Cold War. Although the Korean War (1950-1954) was euphemisticallly named a Conflict, for the American fighter pilots there, outnumbered six to one by the enemy, it was a very real war.
The novel begins with Captain Cleve Connell's assignment to the preeminent F-86 interceptor wing of the Korean War to fly the required hundred missions. This wing, consisting of several F-86 Sabre squadrons had the task of protecting our bombers, fighter-bombers, and ground forces from Communist aerial attack by maintaining control of the skies. Every day the F-86s went out organized in flights of four to seek out the technologically superior invading MiG-15s. Each flight was made up of two elements each consisting of a flight leader, or shooter, and his wingman. Flight integrity-sticking together-is paramount to making the system work. The leader becomes mere meat without his wingman's defensive support. The most sacrosanct rule of all is-A wingman never leaves his leader.Regulations aside, what makes the system really work is the unspoken pact of honor which every pilot makes with his fellow pilots. Cleve symbolizes the experienced flight leader as a man of virtue who adheres strictly to the honor-bound rules; he reaches moral crisis when his wingman, Pell, violates the pact by going off on his own without announcement to pick up easy kills leaving Cleve undefended before the enemy.
Aerial combat in Korea was even more demanding of its pilots than earlier wars. The jet engine's speed and its ability to climb quickly to altitudes never before attainable extended the battlefield to that frigid, no man's land in the stratosphere nine miles above the earth. High altitude became a formidable opponent in itself. Consider the impact bailing out at 40,000 feet. No pressure suits existed then and every pilot knew that lack of oxygen could make him brain dead in minutes, or that he would freeze to death if he opened his parachute too soon if he wasn't killed by the chute's violent opening shock. Reliable statistics show that the generation of pilots flying these early jets faced malfunction rates, with all the attendent problems, approximately twenty times higher than the modern F-16 pilot is required to face.The dangers were compounded by the crippling rules of engagement imposed by our government; our pilots were forced to fight at maximum distances from their home airfields, whiile denied the right to attack MiGs, or their bases, in North Korea. These conditions made it common for the Sabre Jets to run out of fuel over a hundred miles from home. This meant that pilot's often found themselves strapped to a seven ton glider which, with a flamed-out engine, had lost most of its desire to fly. Yet the wingman's code of honor called for additional heroics as pilots sticking together saved lives and airplanes, sometimes through the wingman's using one of his own wings to keep the flamed-out aircraft in the air.
Because the Korean War was unpopular, Washington looked for ways to give it positive spin. Since the F-86s outscored the MiGs ten to one, aerial victories became staple news items and Aces came to be lionized. Given this it is no surprise that commanders sometimes squinted when pilots broke discipline to illegally seek out MiGs solo. Too often such breaches resulted in immediate public adulation by the press instead of courts-martial the regulations called for. The novel turns on this point. Cleve, a flight leader, is denied Acehood because he is an honorable man; he flies by the rules. He loyally breaks off pursuit of personal glory to go to the assistance of other pilots in trouble. But his brash wingman Pell is troubled by no similar scruples. When Pell leaves Cleve in the lurch to sneak off and get an easy kill, the MiGs almost destroy him. Yet Pell, now a MiG killer, is protected from military justice and ironically, exalted by the wing commander who is also the chief judge. Eventually Pell gains international renown as a MiG killer and Cleve is unjustly relegated to non-person status.
Salter portrays this intense drama in a very quiet, economic, yet finely evocative prose. For a first novel, his structure is exceptionally coherent, as one might expect of a novel, but James Salter admits he conceived the book all-of-a-piece before he wrote it. More important, the novel foreshadows the skills he will develop in selecting the exact word to make an incident tellingly poignant. It also foreshadows his subtle ability through a phrase, to create gripping visual images in the readers eye.In contrast to life in war, the novel also provides insights into Japanese life and culture in the post-war mid 50s. To reduce combat fatigue, fighter pilots are sent to Japan after every six weeks of aerial combat for R&R (Relaxation and Rehabilitation). Through these vignettes Salter portrays with great sensitivity the warrior sans sabre as at his most vulnerable in the clash of western perception and eastern culture. Not without irony we see these young warriors of middle America cast out of a monastic life in Korea react to the voluptuously baroque fleshpots of Japan.
Salter's hero, Cleve Connell escapes from the flesh pits to devote his R&R time to learning as many of the nuances of Japanese culture as he can from a Japanese artist and his teenage daughter. Standing alone as a delicate description of a relationship between an older man and a young woman, this chapter points to Salter's future ability as a mature writer to portray women with exceptional sensitivity and completeness.
One of the unavoidable handicaps of attempting a novel like The Hunters derives from the difficulty in separating fiction from the reality upon which it is based. Salter only knew several wing commanders and only a few bushwhackers like Pell. So historians, as well as those who have walked the walk, will continue to find it difficult to deny the urge to link up Salter characters with real-life counterparts. Suffice it to say here, however, that the men usually identified as Salter's villains or semi-villains in this book, have played out real lives in which their sins have more or less caught up with them. So the novel has about it some clairvoyancy.
Again, most readers will find that The Hunters, reads like a very first rate adventure tale, which it is; others will be pleased that it reads like a first rate novel, which it also is. These two elements combined make The Hunters a must for most book lover's list.
George Thomas is a former Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot. He, like Salter, flew the F-86 and a number of other jet fighters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Persistent Images 25 juillet 2005
Par G. Styles - Publié sur
I read "Hunters" a year ago and am currently reading "Cassada", Salter's other flying novel. As good as his writing is, and as gripping the situations he describes, what earns this book 5 stars is the way Salter's images persist in the mind. They are so crisp and seem so right that you can't shake them. I'll never fly an F-86, but I think I've got a good idea what the view from up there would have been like.

Highly recommended.
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