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A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel

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"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.

Review:

"Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever." The Washington Post Book World

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"A feverishly compressed, exquisitely controlled story." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

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"A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliff-hanger; an opaline vision of Americans in France....A Sport and a Pastime succeeds as art must. It tells us about ourselves." The New York Times Book Review

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"Salter particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure." Susan Sontag

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"The encounters of Dean and Anne-Marie seem not to require reading but sensing, as if the touch of the eye were almost too much for reality. And when at last the dream breaks, it is not with a shatter but a silent splintering of crystal fragments." Time

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

James Salter was born in New Jersey in 1926 and is the author of The Hunters, The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, Light Years, Dusk and Other Stories, and a memoir, Burning the Days. He lives in Aspen, Colorado, and Long Island, New York.

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ISBN:
9780374530501
Author:
Salter, James
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Introduction by:
Price, Reynolds
Introduction:
Price, Reynolds
Author:
Price, Reynolds
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
France
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Americans -- France.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.48 x 0.54 in

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Product details 200 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374530501 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Salter inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, and John Cheever."
"Review" by , "A feverishly compressed, exquisitely controlled story."
"Review" by , "A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliff-hanger; an opaline vision of Americans in France....A Sport and a Pastime succeeds as art must. It tells us about ourselves."
"Review" by , "Salter particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure."
"Review" by , "The encounters of Dean and Anne-Marie seem not to require reading but sensing, as if the touch of the eye were almost too much for reality. And when at last the dream breaks, it is not with a shatter but a silent splintering of crystal fragments."
"Synopsis" by ,
"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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