A Sport and a Pastime

A Sport and a Pastime

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 13mm | 144g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0330448811
  • 9780330448819
  • 30,936

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'A Sport and a Pastime ... Slender, cynical and bruisingly sexy, the novel represents the first full flowering of [Salter's] mature style; his exquisite sentences and extraordinary evocation of place. Daily Telegraph 'Two of his previous novels [including] A Sport and a Pastime, from 1967, are regarded as classics ... The writer Reynolds Price also thought A Sport and a Pastime "perfect",' Irish Times 'Now deemed canonical ... A Sport and a Pastime [is] still one of the most intensely honest books about sexual passion.' Sunday Times
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About James Salter

James Salter is the author of numerous books, including 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; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days, written with Kay Salter. He died in 2015.
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4 35% (2,879)
3 27% (2,168)
2 10% (827)
1 3% (247)
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