A Sport and a Pastime by James SalterAs 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 bright with a rare intensity.
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In a small French town in the s, a Yale dropout has an affair with a pretty local shop girl, imagined in every erotic detail by a solitary compatriot. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.
Post a Comment. A literary blog by Brian A. A Sport and a Pastime is a derivative novel, descending very obviously from the European-set fictions of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Miller not a bad trio to emulate, by any means , but the familiarity of setting and subject is overcome by the sheer force of Salter's art. Almost every page contains a quotable example of Salter's eye. Here are a few selected at random: Certain things I remember exactly as they were.
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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. Taffy Bro. Grief is the Thing with Feathers English Edition. Max Porter. Lisa Taddeo.
Please select the Educational price if you are purchasing the film for a school or university library. If you would like to arrange a screening, please contact us at , or info checkerboardfilms. Thank you! This minute documentary traces the writer James Salter's lifelong love affair with France, unforgettably expressed in his masterpiece, A Sport and a Pastime. The novel, a transcendent examination of sexual desire, follows an ill-fated love affair between a Yale dropout and a young French girl, played out in the villages of Burgundy in the s. Salter, who began a career as a fighter pilot before resigning to become a writer, has been praised as a contemporary American master by Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, and Susan Sontag, among others.