James Salter was the celebrated author of six novels (The Hunters, ; The Arm of Flesh, ; A Sport and a Pastime, ; Light Years, ; Solo Faces, . A Sport and A Pastime is a seductive classic that established James Salter’s reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. It is remarkable for its eroticism, . The astonishing novel and “tour de force” about a love affair in postwar France from the iconic author of All That Is (The New York Times Book Review).

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. And I’m the one writing this review. Our narrator is the perfect voyeur, entirely suited to observation and vicariousness, and although not directly engaged in a menage a trois, his agency is crucial. Everything came too easy to him.

Fragments of the novel, read by the late But she wants marriage, and he is, at best, ambivalent on the subject. Salter is less concerned with act, though he describes it often, with tempo and fury, than he is with the psychology that pushes us towards it.

There needs to be a good reason; the reason itself has to forward the story.

Like one heralded away in a grand sarcophagus whose symbolic carvings will have no meaning for the generations that come. When they do write about sex, it is only other men who might find it remotely plausible, let alone satisfying.


The book is told in 1st person, yet we are told throughout by the narrator himself that he is making a lot of this up, including the persona of Dean: Dean casually seduces her, she placidly accepts his attentions none of them is a virgin and they start to meet every weekend in different towns, in cheap hotel rooms.

More important because they are the intuitive in its purest state The dude mentioned above is Dean, who drives a lot of course it’s an On the Road referencebut the author intrudes to remind us that he’s making Dean up. A young American looking for answers to existential angst in France? I really, really liked this.

And you will find some smooth transitions, too.

James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime (Video ) – IMDb

It seems these luminous days will never end. I’m n How rare is it to find exquisite, naked-as-a-jaybird, hot-as-Hades, life affirming sex scenes in a book of lit-fic? Better it is the opening movement to a requiem sung for the premature death of innocent notion of idealistic love.

This is a book for adults. The blue cigarette smoke is rising, the odor of reminiscence. To be crystal clear: His clothes need pressing.


A Sport and a Pastime Summary & Study Guide

Start reading A Sport and a Pastime: Order by newest oldest recommendations. Perhaps it is only a strong woman who can hope to love a feckless man. Read more from the Study Guide.

How their imaginations address their much more prosaic realities through the medium of words? He knows the source of numbers, the path of the stars. View all 20 comments.

Buy the selected items together This item: Now, in blue of autumn that touches the bone. Though impotent, the narrator details everything, lays it bare. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This novel feels dated in its subject matter, and is beset with passages of casual racism and sexual imperialism that are repugnant to me. I am left alone at my table – I always imagine this – watching as they turn and pass through the domed room, among the lighted cases, and at last are gone.

Add the first question. The outset gives the impression of revisiting Hemingway in expatriate France.