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A Sport and a Pastime (Modern Library Series)
     

A Sport and a Pastime (Modern Library Series)

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by James Salter
 

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"A Sport and a Pastime is as nearly perfect as any American fiction
I know," Reynolds Price wrote of James Salter's 1967 novel that tells of the mismatched love affair between Phillip Dean, a Yale dropout adrift in Europe, and Anne-Marie Costallat, a young French shopgirl. An erotic tour de force, licentious yet pure, it is also a hymn to provincial France and

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"A Sport and a Pastime is as nearly perfect as any American fiction
I know," Reynolds Price wrote of James Salter's 1967 novel that tells of the mismatched love affair between Phillip Dean, a Yale dropout adrift in Europe, and Anne-Marie Costallat, a young French shopgirl. An erotic tour de force, licentious yet pure, it is also a hymn to provincial France and has been admired and quoted from since its first publication. Its stunning knowledge and insight have the power to change lives.
        It brings a kind of splendor to the life that refuses to bow to conven-
tion or mores, and, like Cavafy's poems, evokes the illicit in a way that endows it with an astonishing beauty. Brilliantly written and overwhelming in its effect, it remains a triumph on every level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679601562
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/1995
Series:
Modern Library Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
4.87(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.62(d)

What People are Saying About This

Reynolds Price
"In its percular compound of lucid surface and dark interior, its as nearly perfect as any American fiction know."
Ned Rorem
"A Sport and a Pastime is indeed that: the author's particular sexuality invading us like ectoplasm, a joyfilled nightmare of time past which reveals for us again a country which paradoxically we've never visited. Salter reveals a new France."
Kenneth Koch
"A Sport And A Pastime is a masterpiece."

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A Sport and a Pastime 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sentences to die for. Eroticism written as it should be written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why is this book not more famous? Why am I left to write the first review of this book on this site? It is stunningly concise, cutting fiction. And the only reason I can fathom for its relative obscurity is its sexual frankness. But its images and themes go deeply beyond its beautiful eroticism. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the great American novel that you've never heard of - Salter is one of the most underrated writers and this is his masterpiece. The story unfolds with one beautiful sentence at a time. I read this book once a year and it never disappoints.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish that other authors could write as Salter does. Clear, easy to understand language that vividly describes the action (or inaction) so that you easily see it in your minds eye. While this is not a mystery in the conventional understanding of crime novels, I found myself on the edge of my proverbial seat wondering how this story was going to turn out. This book is highly recommended, as is Salter's new novel, All That Is.  
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I find this book to be a hard read. Its only 191 pages yet a week later I am still try to finish this book. Salter writes in a way as if you are eavesdropping on a conversation- which makes it difficult to understand. I constantly wonder whether I missed something. I read a review that describes the book as “… the seen and the unseen”. This is how I feel about his writing. It’s more like the spoken & unspoken. There seems to be a lot “unspoken”. Salter’s vivid imagery is amazingly detailed but the use of metaphors, at times, has me at a lost. His pick of the nameless 1st person narrator is very interesting as I have never seen in writing before (Maybe I need to read more) but it’s definitely not typical. However, the plot of this book is lacking and seems random and without purpose. But I haven’t finished it yet- 30 more pages to go & I am still waiting to see where this book leads me. In addition there were infrequent nonchalant racial remarks (dropping of the “N- word”) that I found a little unnerving to read. Sigh, I know it was the sign of the times (this book takes place in 1967 France). I have read many reviews on this book- interestingly, found many positive comments regarding this book- Many deem this a literary masterpiece. This book is not for the faint of heart (Meaning inexperieneced readers- like me) and requires the reader to really absorb the narrative.