A Sport and a Pastime

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Pan Macmillan, 2007 - Americans - 192 pages
8 Reviews

Touring Paris and provincial France in a handsome borrowed car, Philip Dean, Yale dropout, has an affair with a young French woman named Anne-Marie. Their liaison is imagined with candour and sensitivity by an unnamed narrator, whose fantasies become compellingly and hauntingly real. "A Sport and A Pastime" has been hailed as a watershed in American fiction of the 1960s: remarkable for its eroticism, its luminous prose and its ability to blur the boundaries of reality and dreamlife, daytime and nightime, soul and flesh.

'A tour de force in erotic realism, a romantic cliffhanger, an opaline vision of Americans in France' "New York Times "

'Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers . . . he can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence' " Washington Post"

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User Review  - Carbon - Goodreads

I really hated this book. To me it's a novel that celebrates sexual and colonial exploitation. I'll have to outline the story to explain, so if you plan to read the book, don't read on. Here's the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Saswata Bhattacharya - Goodreads

I have, to my experience, read nothing like this novel where one has to take a deep breath before approaching each word that the author offers. An exquisite example of how words, often in ones and ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

James Salter is the author of the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; and two collections of short stories, Dusk and Other Stories (which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award), and Last Night. He lives in Colorado and on Long Island.

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