A Sport and a Pastime

3.71 based on 4889 ratings & 608 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 03.07.2014
ISBN: 9781447240501
Number of pages: 256


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.

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Robert Frost said that the hope of any poet is to lodge a few poems so deep they couldn't be dislodged, and James Salter has done that again and again. He has become an indelible presence in our literature
A great literary novel but also the most erotic book ever written
Financial Times
A tour de force of erotic realism, a romantic cliffhanger
New York Times