This is the first James Salter work I have read. His strength is his descriptive passages. Amazing. If you're on the look out for 'new' writers whose abilities revitalize your time spent reading, Mr. Salter is in that category. Born in 1925 James Salter is no doubt influenced by Kerouac and his 'life as an amusement' outlook and hence the way this book unravels. I found it hard to put the book down and forward to picking it up. The descriptive passages made the reading take on a pace that made me wonder if it was planned that way. I would recommend this short book to anyone looking for a change of pace. I will be looking at other of his works.