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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Salter gets to have his cake and butt-fuck it, too. Why break the limits? For Anne-Marie, it is the beginning of a long marital bliss. This short novel which circles around an erotic love affair is basically sex, sex, and more sex.
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The story opens in 19 First of all, this star system aggrieves me. I say this because I believe Salter to be unique among American-male ex-pat writers. It is overtly sensual. Her existence blackens my life. It is why we watch film, why we engage in a daily mythology, why we construct a facade of ourselves that we present to the world. Customers who bought this item also bought. Anne-Marie and Dean’s emotional progression is mirrored by their progression through various sexual acts—first coitus, then oral sex, then, marking the peak of their emotional intimacy, anal sex.
He returns from the bathroom and picks up the covers from the floor. She is breathing quickly and as he withdraws on the first stroke he can feel her jerking with pleasure.
Because this is the partner, the exchange, that will color all potential future deeds and erase of memory spot deeds past. But that just makes it even more weird not to mention, pervy and pathetic for him to document his imaginings of what these two people do behind closed doors.
I have mixed feelings about Ssalter Sport and a Pastime. I need only hear certain words, see certain gestures, and my thoughts begin to tumble. For Dean, it is a desperate and temporary measure to patch together a fundamentally dysfunctional relationship.
She avoids his eyes. She has not moved. Even if you buy for the sex, you’ll stay for the writing. The small imperfections that one can recall from past lovers otherwise long forgotten—a mole, a small scar, some other souvenir proving a life lived. They are dead ends, ending up with the author walking home alone while the women move on to the next guy. saltter
A Sport and a Pastime is a plotless novel. Pastije still think it’s rather amazing. Since its publication induring the decade of sexual revolution, A Sport and a Pastime has set the standard not only for eroticism in fiction, but for the principal organ of literature — the imagination.
Do you need to like the characters in a story? Her dress has been tossed on a chair…There is her washcloth, sewn in the shape of a glove. Jun 25, Steven Godin rated it liked it Shelves: I never bought into their love or lust. View all 14 comments. The conceit of a work of fiction is to hide its mechanisms, paastime simulate, to suspend, even if it plays tricks with exposure and the seductiveness of words. What appears at first to be a short, tragic novel about a love affair in 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.
There’s enough passion in the world already. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Then I read the last seven chapters of the book, and, thunderclap-like, my pasrime shattered. The style is purely photographic and the story is absolutely lucid.
It examines the kaleidoscope of cruelties and imbalances that exist in relationships. And it’s such a wise book.
Beautiful and brutal: how James Salter set the standard for erotic writing
He hooks his knees outside her legs and drives himself deeper. The summer has ended. Provocative for the early s perhaps but quite tame by 21st century standards for sure. There needs to be a good reason; the reason itself has to forward the story.