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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

A Sport and a Pastime (original 1967; edition 2007)

by James Salter

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Title:A Sport and a Pastime
Authors:James Salter
Info:Picador (2007), Edition: 1, Paperback, 192 pages
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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter (1967)


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Um... wow. That was all kinds of bad. Disjointed narration mixed with a non-existent plot combined with bland characters. The trifecta of a sucky ass novel.

There's nothing I liked about this book. Perhaps a line or two. Half the time I wasn't even sure of what I was reading. Then I realize that the characters are but machinations of the unreliable narrator.


Don't get me started on the sex scenes. Holy crap. It was like fucking sandpaper and then trying to ease the pain with a cactus.

Kudos to those that enjoyed this. I couldn't.
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  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
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 |
Salter bats .250 on descriptions of sex--"like ministering to a lunatic" is nice. The entirety of his anal sex scenes are inane, and he is guilty of some serious clunkers. But his sheer beauty in language beyond these crimes is so substantial that I can almost forgive forget the missteps in the bedroom. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
Després de"Això és tot" o de "Last Nights" em vaig atrevir amb aquest pel bon gust que m'havien deixat els primers. No obstant, m'ha costat una mica. En cap cas dic decepcionat, però no he sabut veure cap on anava la història. Llevat d'un parell de passatges espectaculars i una traducció fínissima, m'ha sentit atrapat en la mateixa història tota l'estona. ( )
  the_baptist | Sep 1, 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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