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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Even as he contemplates the eligible divorcees of the town for his own satisfactions, he remains passive, perhaps neuter, a receptor for the lust of others.

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

Dean is callow and handsome, he stimulates and elates his lover, but he is terrified of the consequences, responsibilities, babies. You have javascript disabled. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Sometimes he is depressed by her imperfections. This narrator is not so much a photographer as a photographic plate, an exposure left open and impossibly able to a sport and a pastime by james salter back an image of all of their affair.

There’s not much on the internet about this observation, so perhaps I’m off base.

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The labels stick and then peel off. The conceit of a work of fiction is to hide its mechanisms, to simulate, to suspend, even if it plays tricks with exposure and the seductiveness of words. Published 1 year ago. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers. Synopsis With an introduction by Sarah Hall The s. Show 25 25 50 All.


Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Unlimited access to purchased articles. She eats both her rolls and one of his. The reader must be willingly transported into the believable unreal, as here the narrator is transported, via the erogenous imagination, deep into the heart of carnality and blinding emotion.

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. Retrieved from ” https: Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? He juxtaposes mild landscapes with sudden pornographic details.

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Some other favorite moments:. Read more Read less. Though Anne-Marie is the object of his desire and the subject of his incandescent, burning dreams, it is Dean he fixates upon.

On the sa,ter day, we filmed a three-way that took up most of the day. Light Years Vintage International.

On its own terms, sex is information. The “moving wall” represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal.

To read more essays for James Salter Month, click here. Dean takes a lover without promise or reciprocity; he takes her for whatever he can get now, like a colonial.

What appears at first to be a short, tragic novel a sport and a pastime by james salter a love affair in France is in fact an ambitious, refractive inquiry into the nature and meaning of storytelling, and the an we are compelled to invent, in particular, romances.


She avoids his eyes. Product details File Size: Her expectations of marriage are foolish and perfectly reasonable. Moving walls are generally represented in years. So, even if I’m stretching the Surrealist point a bit, this a sport and a pastime by james salter has me thinking of writing an expository essay on the topic.

Now, the writing here can be breathtakingly good, but I equally enjoyed the effort of picking apart the thematic layer. He unfastens her stockings and slowly rolls them off. Our narrator is the perfect voyeur, entirely suited to observation and vicariousness, and although not directly engaged in a menage a trois, his agency is crucial.

Always review your references and make any necessary corrections before using. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? In this brutal and beautiful novel, nothing is reconstituted to save our feelings.

Lovers are cruel and selfish, as well as generous and collaborative; they a sport and a pastime by james salter imbalanced emotionally even if they match physically. The narrator recalls the love affair between Philip and Anne-Marie with such explicit detail that the reality of it is entirely unclear. What happens when this unlucky-in-love romance author decides to break the rules?

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When I try to write about sex, I think back to when I was just out of college and, handy with a makeup brush, took a job to make some extra money doing makeup on a gay-porn film set. Pay attention to names, capitalization, and dates.

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