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A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel (FSG Classics) (original 1967; edition 2006)

by James Salter (Author), Reynolds Price (Introduction)

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Title:A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Authors:James Salter (Author)
Other authors:Reynolds Price (Introduction)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2006), Edition: 1st, 208 pages
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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter (1967)

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A man nearing middle age confesses to being an unreliable narrator while relaying a sexy account of a whirlwind romance in a dreamlike setting. That's the whole shebang. Sublime in its relative simplicity.

Over the story hangs intimations of tragedy, regret, unrealistic expectations, and envy - but most of all, longing for the roads not taken (about fantasizing over the potential sweetness of those roads, despite their pitfalls) and the inability to travel them due to the human conditions of insecurity, and unrealistic (but enviable) opportunity.

The book is never pornographic (but is frequently erotic in a touching, though unreliably idealized, way). The narrator isn't portrayed as non-straight. It isn't sexist (Anne-Marie is sex positive, and jokes about English sex being stodgy). Using the word "nigger" and expressing casual fascination of black people and their relationships in early 1960's France (among a bilingual couple, no less) isn't racist. However, each of these (As Seen On Goodreads!) accusations contains the seeds of potentially productive conversations on the subjects - a praiseworthy achievement for Salter. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
I selected this book after it was referenced in an article in the NY Times. What a disappointment. Perhaps the sex scenes were noteworthy at the time it was written but not so much today. Frankly, i was bored and jumped ship about halfway through. ( )
  AstridG | Oct 27, 2018 |
this a 50's novel that broke ground in writing about sex. Mr. Salter was one of the first American writers to be so open in writing about people having sex. certainly one of the first serious writers. he is a fine writer. it's more then sex. ( )
  michaelbartley | Nov 29, 2017 |
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  lulaa | Jan 13, 2017 |
3.5
Okay I read this book and while the prose was terrific, I couldn't really tell you what the book's about :)

It's a little too deep for a reader like me! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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"As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price (The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story--part shocking reality, part feverish dream --of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There is the seen and the unseen--and pages that burn with a rare intensity.

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Salter chronicles a love affair between a young shopgirl and an American college dropout against the backdrop of provincial France.

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