By James Salter

The lives of officials in an Air strength squadron in occupied Europe surround the contradictions of army adventure and the men's reaction to a tender newcomer, shiny and impressive, whose destiny is to be a logo in their personal. In Cassada, Salter captures the unusual comradeship of loneliness, belief, and alienation between army males able to sacrifice all within the identify of accountability and pride.

After futile makes an attempt at usual revision, Salter elected firstly a clean web page, to compose a wholly new novel established upon the characters and occasions of his moment lengthy unavailable novel, The Arm of Flesh. the outcome, Cassada, is a masterpiece.

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Poe employs satire in this story to make a “fuller use of comic distortion” (Thompson 9), and the tone of the story is filled with ironic comments on his narrator’s actions. The juxtaposition of the horror of the narrator’s actions with his matter-offact relation of these actions reveals Poe’s satiric attitude toward the narrator and his crimes. As Thompson states, “When the satirist makes use of irony, he pretends to take his opponents seriously, accepting their premises and values and methods of reasoning in order to eventually expose their absurdity” (9).

His ankles and wrists were left naked for several inches. . ” Bon-Bon plays the perfect host to the devil, placing on the table several more bottles of Chambertin, drawing chairs comfortably near the fire, and waiting until his guest speaks first. Bon-Bon is not fearful, but instead looks forward to a lively philosophical exchange with the devil, and “to elicit some important ethical ideas, which might, in obtaining a place in his contemplated publication, enlighten the human race, and at the same time immortalize himself— ideas which .

Aphrodite” in the final version]—poison! Horrible! ” The startled narrator tries to awaken his host but finds him dead, having deliberately drunk poisoned wine. The ending strongly suggests that an illicit affair between Bianca, the beautiful young Marchesa di Mentoni, and the mysterious Byronic stranger has overwhelmed both with hopelessness, leading them to keep their final assignation with each other through suicide. the Marchesa di Mentoni, was married to an older Venetian nobleman. The likelihood of this source is strengthened by Poe’s familiarity with Thomas Moore’s notorious biography Byron, which recounts the affair in detail.

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