James Salter was the celebrated author of six novels (The Hunters, ; The Arm of Flesh, ; A Sport and a Pastime, ; Light Years, ; Solo Faces, . A Sport and A Pastime is a seductive classic that established James Salter’s reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. It is remarkable for its eroticism, . The astonishing novel and “tour de force” about a love affair in postwar France from the iconic author of All That Is (The New York Times Book Review).

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What appears at first to be a short, tragic novel about a love affair pasyime 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.

If you’re interested in reading him this is the one I’d most recommend. But I think they probably reach opposite conclusions. English Choose a language for shopping.

Set in provincial France in the s, it is the intensely carnal story—part shocking reality, part feverish dream —of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a “As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know,” is how Reynolds Names The New York Times described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years.

The narrator describes scenes that he couldn’t have possibly witnessed, and the thing is, I don’t mind because he said himself that spkrt is making a lot of this up.

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I despise myself for thinking of her. Oct 06, Michael Meeuwis rated it it was ok. Search for ” James Salter: Apr 05, Libby rated it really liked it.

I need only hear certain words, see certain gestures, and my thoughts begin to tumble. Life in the large cities is compared to provincial life too. Apr 29, Alex rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I cannot give only a 3 for pages of prose that took my breath away. It shows the oh-so-relatable struggle to find the ingredients for a happy life.

A Sport and a Pastime

Her dress has been tossed on a chair…There is her washcloth, sewn in the shape of a glove. Beyond the sex, I didn’t feel this one like you did I am only putting down details which entered me, fragments that were able to part my flesh.


You will not find a cohesive plot, either. Post a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. The sex, as it is presented, is not perverted.

Nor does it matter how much either takes away. The narrator acknowledges that much of his story including graphic sex is salrer fact drawn from his own voyeuristic fantasies of the With its implausible narrative, one-dimensional characters, and gratuitous sex, I wasn’t impressed with James Salter’s A Sport and a Pastime The book is generally regarded by critics as a modern classic.

This time she is wild.

A Sport and a Pastime Summary & Study Guide

Mann Kann Nicht Alles Haben: Lovers are cruel and selfish, as well as generous and collaborative; they are imbalanced emotionally even if they match physically. Eleven pages into A Sport and a Pastime, the unnamed narrator throws us a curveball: When he feels her jerking on the first stroke, obviously that must be pleasure, according to him. Whether we wish to admit it or not, they are the compass points around which our lives as men revolve, the shoreline rocks our breakers crash against.

But he is also the voyeur who repeatedly confesses his own mysterious incapacity for physical love, sallter emotional handicap that he remedies by imagining the bed sports between the two young people.

It’s narrated by Dean’s friend, and the relationship between pashime narrator is Dean is reminiscent of the dynamic between Nick and Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. Unworthy of the male characters they have been forced to coexist with. After you spend time in his pages, you’ll realise this is more than just an account of Dean and Anne-Marie going from car to hotel room to restaurant to hotel room, sex scene strung to sex scene strung to sex scene.

Do I lack power even though I have the power to write? Material, craft, and affect: Some other guy is describing the very prolific, intimate couplings of his friends, down to the sporf, personal detail.

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Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Dean takes a lover without promise or reciprocity; he takes her for whatever he can get now, like a colonial. The labels stick and sportt peel off. Moreover, the portrayal of sex, in current American culture, too often reduces the act to one of pragmatism, to plot device, or attempts to remove it from popular discourse altogether.

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He fails to respect France and her paztime, and he calculates, on a base level, that money and happiness are bedfellows. This study guide contains the following sections: The rain is falling all around them.

But central France in the early 60s; a young couple driving around in a convertible; she’s in love; he’s…detached and in lust. An evocative near-masterpiece I can’t give it the full five stars because the opening chapters take their time with descriptions sprt sometimes border on dull, though I feel the contradiction when I say that later on, that sense of description has helped establish the scene in which the action unfolds”A Sport and a Pastime” is worth seeking out if you’re interested in topics like “the modern-day American novel,” or if you just want a good summer read that’s not banal.

I’ve read that James Salter has been accused of being a misogynist but if he is then here he’s examining very critically and brilliantly its mechanisms, the ways a man can trick a woman into surrendering up her heart while remaining essentially detached.

In this domain, we have so many selves. They curve in behind and mould it… The sheep move in a current, like a stream – the edges cling, the center continually flows. He is two steps forward and three steps back. Now I like to tell people that I swlter into a fight in Paris, with the pavement, and despite my grit and gall, the pavement easily won.