A Sport and a Pastime (Paperback)

By James Salter

North Point Press, 9780865472105, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1985

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/22/2006)
Hardcover (5/1/1995)

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A Sport and a Pastime is an astonishing performance, the classic novel from a remarkable writer whose sentences bristle with a singular passion. Salter chronicles a love affair between a young shopgirl and an American college dropout against the backdrop of provincial France. The narrator's cool distillation of events-real or imagined-makes the book both lyrical and tightly, dangerously pitched.

Praise For A Sport and a Pastime

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

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

"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

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