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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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I'd love to teach this in my lit classes. Students should know how strange good love can be. But alas, I work in the south. ( )
  mkgutierrez | Oct 23, 2015 |
Man Salter could write. Subject matter not for the easily scandalized, but France and sunlight just drip off the page. If you want some music for reading by, I made a soundtrack to listen to while reading.
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  viking2917 | Oct 10, 2015 |
For all its beauty and its raciness and its formal & informal daring (remember, a book like this coming out in '67 is far different from it appearing today), there is something a bit smoky, occluded, unknowable about this book. It's something that others have done before and since - for example, you can see the influence of Graham Greene but also the way Salter will then influence Ian McEwan (and that's just one single genetic strand) - but Salter does it nearly to a T here. The only problem with that is that the center of the novel, the affair between Anne-Marie and Philip, comes off as slightly more... well, ethereal than it should be. Perhaps that's why the sex works so well; it's imagined, still left somewhat to the imagination. But it leaves the center of the novel empty, leaves us without something to hold onto. Because who is our narrator? We never know. And that vacancy remains, even as the rest of the novel (the great writing, the blush-inducing sexual adventures, etc) rushes in to fill the void.

More on Friday at RB: http://ragingbiblioholism.com/2015/06/26/a-sport-and-a-pastime/
Rest easy, Mr. Salter. ( )
  drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
For all its beauty and its raciness and its formal & informal daring (remember, a book like this coming out in '67 is far different from it appearing today), there is something a bit smoky, occluded, unknowable about this book. It's something that others have done before and since - for example, you can see the influence of Graham Greene but also the way Salter will then influence Ian McEwan (and that's just one single genetic strand) - but Salter does it nearly to a T here. The only problem with that is that the center of the novel, the affair between Anne-Marie and Philip, comes off as slightly more... well, ethereal than it should be. Perhaps that's why the sex works so well; it's imagined, still left somewhat to the imagination. But it leaves the center of the novel empty, leaves us without something to hold onto. Because who is our narrator? We never know. And that vacancy remains, even as the rest of the novel (the great writing, the blush-inducing sexual adventures, etc) rushes in to fill the void.

More on Friday at RB: http://ragingbiblioholism.com/2015/06/26/a-sport-and-a-pastime/
Rest easy, Mr. Salter. ( )
  drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
Good, clean writing, and a great ability to evoke the way the seasons pass in a particular place. Basically, though, it seemed to be an attempt to lend a veneer of profundity/culture to young adult male fantasy. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374530505, Paperback)

"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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