James Salter was the celebrated author of six novels (The Hunters, ; The Arm of Flesh, ; A Sport and a Pastime, ; Light Years, ; Solo Faces, . Editorial Reviews. Review. “As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know.” — The New York A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel: Open Road – Kindle edition by James Salter. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or . aris Review Editions had only way to go–up. The first, Harry Matthews’s “Tlooth,” laid an egg. The second, James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime,” slowly.

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He rests his head there. They a sport and a pastime by james salter panting, sweating like athletes. Dean understands s attractiveness to others, he even invites his new photographer friend to be a spectator:.

It is remarkable for its eroticism, its luminous prose and its ability to explore the boundaries between what is dreamt and aa is lived, between body and soul. View or edit your browsing history. Customers who bought this item also bought. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The narrator recalls the love affair between Philip and Anne-Marie with such explicit detail that the reality of it is entirely unclear.


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There are sublimated notes of homoeroticism in the text, jealousies and elaborations. Its narrow courts, the faint rotten odour within, orange peels lying in the corners.

Lovers are cruel and selfish, as well as generous and collaborative; they are imbalanced emotionally even if they match physically. A sport and a pastime by james salter has a small, straight mouth and wide-set, intelligent eyes.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We know that the narrator is somewhat of a timid, solitary man; although he admires many beautiful women from afar, he never finds the courage to approach them.

What appears at first to be a short, tragic novel about a love affair in France is in fact an ambitious, refractive inquiry into the nature and meaning of storytelling, and the reasons we are compelled to invent, in particular, romances. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The opening chapters set the tone they’re a little over-reliant on description in some ways, but as the novel progresses it’s evident that the narrator is trying to set the scene for the events that take place.

When I say to you James Salter is one of my heroes, that is what I mean.


To read Salter’s work is always to embark on a journey through a life lived – the beautiful and the colourless, the tragic and the sustaining. Published 7 months ago. Access supplemental materials and multimedia.

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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

By this, saltdr third novel, he had become the greatest stylist of any contemporary writer. And then they, and we, return to the world, and to the impossibilities that push any of us together with anyone else. The great bed begins creaking. Dean a sport and a pastime by james salter the sexual avatar, confident and entitled. I can understand why this book is so critically acclaimed, with its unique narrative and crisp, simple prose.

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A Sport and a Pastime

We come to know his body thoroughly, as an attentive partner might. Set up a giveaway. Share your thoughts with s customers. But what is love, the novel asks?