The 1960s. Philip Dean, a footloose Yale dropout, is touring provincial France and sometimes Paris in a borrowed, once elegant car. He begins a mismatched affair with a young shop girl named Anne-Marie. Together they burn in an everyday but stunningly sensual paradise. A Sport and A Pastime established James Salter's reputation as one of the ...
The 1960s. Philip Dean, a footloose Yale dropout, is touring provincial France and sometimes Paris in a borrowed, once elegant car. He begins a mismatched affair with a young shop girl named Anne-Marie. Together they burn in an everyday but stunningly sensual paradise. A Sport and A Pastime established James Salter's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. It is remarkable for its eroticism, its luminous prose and its ability to explore the boundaries between what is dreamt and what is lived, between body and soul.
UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 192 pages. In a small French town in the 1950s, a Yale dropout has an affair with a pretty local shop girl, imagined in every erotic detail by a solitary compatriot. James Salter is the author of "The Hunters", "The Arm of Flesh", "Burning the Days", "Light Years", "Solo Faces" and "'Dusk' and Other Stories".
Fine. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, cover is different to the one on Amazon, (Fiction French Adventure), 192 pages. (The novel follows the progress of both the narrator's fantasies and the realities of a relationship that begins in the heat of erotic attraction and then begins to crumble as the lovers' essential incompatibilities emerge)
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. DJ spine lightly sun-faded, minor wear at spine ends, lightly rubbed, one closed tear, "the second book published by Paris Review Editions, a joint venture of The Paris Review and Doubleday & Company", book is very clean, bright and tight.
this novel echoes the best of ernest hemingway and henry miller without imitating either. it also creates an erotic fantasy that seems absolutely rooted in the minutae of ordinary relationships. but these are lesser qualities compared to what a sport and a pastime does to celebrate provincial france. that is where the real love story exists, within the quiet french countryside that salter evokes with a closely observed reverence for delail that utterly separates his geography from the rest of the world. i honestly don't know another piece of fiction that does this so beautifully and effortlessly, making salter's jewel a work with nothing quite like it.
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