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A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter digital book - Fable

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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).

Twenty-year-old Yale dropout Phillip Dean is traveling Europe aimlessly in a borrowed car with little money. When he stops for a few days in a church-quiet town near Dijon, he meets Anne-Marie Costallat, a young shop assistant. The two begin an affair both carnal and innocent, and she quickly becomes to him the real France, its beating heart and an object of pure longing.
 
James Salter, author of Light Years and the memoir Burning the Days, was an essential voice in the evolution of late twentieth-century prose, a stylist on par with Updike and Roth who won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection Dusk and Other Stories. One of the first great American novels to speak frankly of human desire free of guilt and shame, A Sport and a Pastime inspired Reynolds Price to call it “as nearly perfect as any American fiction I know.”
 
This ebook edition features an illustrated biography of James Salter including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
 

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16 Reviews

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“too much butt sex”
“Man I know this is about one man's affair being told from the perspective of his friend, an unreliable Narrator who made up half the story cause he wasn't privy to it. But it's SO much more interesting to imagine this is about one man's affair as told by his own critical inner voice. That read falls apart with the ending but up until the last chapter I think that's a pretty solid read of the story.”
“The ambience in this book is suffocating. It's almost like a horror story, wrapped in beautiful prose, set in the dreamy French countryside. Passion and gloom go hand in hand. I loved it.”

About James Salter

James Salter (1925–2015) was a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and air force pilot until his mid-30s, when the success of his first novel (The Hunters, 1957) led to a full-time writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel A Sport and a Pastime (1967) was hailed by the New York Times as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.”

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