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INSCRIBED by AUTHOR. Book is in Fine condition with blue boards and gilt lettering. Light grey mark on bottom edge of textblock, light bumping to head/tail of spine. Copyright page has small gold circle sticker. Some fading to board edges. A clean tight copy. Dustjacket is in Very Good condition with light creasing at head of spine. Overall yellowing. Dj flaps have bent corners. Dj is wrapped in clear plastic. Small gold sticker is affixed to plastic cover at tail of spine. 682 pgs. Additional shipping charges may apply to international orders. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 001151
Inhaltsangabe: In the early days of World War II, a blind man sets off in search of the son he never knew, a charismatic Air Force pilot supposedly killed in a training accident. His odyssey leads to the secret heart of a "higher military"--sustained by heroism and a fanatical devotion to flight. By the author of Deliverance.
From Publishers Weekly:
Dickey's second novel, 17 years after the great success of Deliverance, is by no means such a clear winner. It is a massive, ambitious, flawed book with many passages of breathtaking grandeur in both the conception and the writing, but with a puzzling hollowness at its center and moments of of melodrama that seem to have been created with an action movie in mind. The story is slight for a book of these imposing dimensions, and is clearly only an excuse for Dickey to work out a series of often profound, sometimes merely glib ruminations on the mysteries of flight, the nature of war, male bonding, the mystique of leadership and, above all, the starkly contrasting worlds of vision and blindness. Frank Cahill, the rather hazily conceived protagonist, is a newly blind man who journeys with his faithful but ferocious dog Zack to a WW II Air Corps training base in North Carolina where his son Joel has just been reported killed in an accident. He has never seen Joel, having separated from his mother before his birth, but as he goes around the base talking to officers and his son's fellow cadets, a strange picture begins to emerge: of a brilliant, charismatic student who has amassed a cult following called Alnilam (named after a key star in celestial navigation). Alnilam, a group difficult to take seriously, offers him dark hints about Joel's death, and has this scheme . . . . But plot, as noted, is not the novel's strong point. Dickey always writes like the poet he is, and his evocations of the blind man's world of breath, air, sound and movement, of the mysteries of flight, of somber winter landscapes, are hallucinatory in their power. (One experiment, howeverthe running of Cahill's sensations and the visible world in parallel columns on the page at certain momentsis merely awkward.) The characters, except for the base commander, are seldom very convincing, but their talk is a haunting blend of eloquence and rough country speech. There are two harrowingly violent climaxes and a real Hollywood close. Alnilam is by no means an easy read, but for those who persevere there are the very real rewards of a vastly talented author extending himself and creating a world few writers could even imagine.
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Verlag: Doubleday and Company
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good
Signiert: Signed by Author
Auflage: First Edition
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Collectible: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. First Edition. Inscribed by James Dickey to Jim Plath. 1987 Doubleday Hardcover. Stated First Edition. Clean text, tight binding. Mylar-protected jacket is in very good condition. 100% Guaranteed. Signed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 060840
Buchbeschreibung Doubeday & Company, NY, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st. First Edition, First Printing;dj w/unclipped price; 682 clean, unmarked pages; Size: 8 vo. Signed & Inscribed By Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 108614
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, New York, 1987. Cloth. Buchzustand: Very Good+. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good+. First Edition; First Printing. A Very Good+ first printing of the first edition with foxing to page block in alike dust-jacket with edgewear, signed and inscribed by author James Dickey on title page; ; 682 pages; Signed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 23179
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, N. Y., 1987. Cloth. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. First Edition; First Printing. A Near Fine first printing of the first edition with some soiling and foxing to the pages and sunning to the boards in a like dust-jacket with wearing and tearing, signed and inscribed by author James Dickey. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front flyleaf; From the author of Deliverance comes a tale about the journey a blind man takes in search of the son persumed to be dead. Frank Cahill, recently rendered blind by diabetes, travels to an Air Corps camp after the presumed death of his son in a plane crash. It is here that Frank comes to learn the truth of his son and eventually himself ; [xii], 682,  pages; Signed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 70698
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday & Company, Garden City, 1987. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First edition. Near fine with very slight bumping to the corners and soiling on the foredge in a fine dustwrapper. Signed by the author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 353312
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday & Company, New York, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1987. Stated First Edition. Flat-signed by author on title page. Book condition: Near Fine. Jacket Condition: Near Fine+. Original price intact. Minor spine bump and very slight pull of binding from spine at top. Text is tight, clean, unmarked. Brodart archival protective cover included. Signed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000230
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, Garden City, New York, U.S.A., 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1st edition 1987, inscribed by author on title page; Book is in VG condition with some foxing on fore edge, top edge and bottom edge. Pages at bottom near fore edge show signs of rubbing on & off a shelf; typical of a book this size. Dj is in VG condition with NO chips or tears. DJ has faint crease on front that runs from top to bottom on right side. Inscribed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 100747
Buchbeschreibung New York, NY, U.S.A.: Doubleday Publishing, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st Edition. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Doubleday Publishing, 1987, first edition (stated), signed/inscribed on title page by author/Dickey. Book is in very good +++ condition. The boards (blue cloth, with gold lettering [Dickey's facsimile signature indicated on front board, in gold], pages, spine and hinges are secure and in very good condition. DJ is in good-very good condition. Signed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-244704862
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, NY, 1987. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First edition, first prnt. Inscribed by Dickey on the title page. "to -- in living air - Summer, 1992." Beginning foxing on the edges, especially the topedge, rear baord upper corner with weak bump. Unread copy in Very Good condition in a Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Inscribed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1200139
Buchbeschreibung New York, New York, U.S.A.: Doubleday, 1987. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG/na. Some edge wear, some soiling, some toning, some bumping, and a small stain on front cover. First US Edition. ARC/Proof. "Uncorrected Proof" per ffep. Printed Pink Wraps. This book is from the extensive Gatenby Collection amassed over 30 years . Gatenby was the founding artistic director of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, a hugely successful annual event that helped "Time Magazine" declare that Gatenby had made Toronto one of the literary capitals of the world. He also directed the readings at Harbourfront in Toronto, and is the author of "Literary Guide to Toronto," among other books. Gatenby signature and date on ffep. SIGNED by Dickey & INSCRIBED to Gatenby. A unique Association Copy. Inscribed by Author(s). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 025019