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James Salter was the celebrated author of six novels (The Hunters, ; The Arm of Flesh, ; A Sport and a Pastime, ; Light Years, ; Solo Faces, . 28 Dec James Salter Month “If you want to learn to write about sex, read Salter.” I went THE NARRATOR of A Sport and a Pastime is an American. 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, .

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I am creating him out of my own inadequacies, you must always remember that. Even now, long afterwards, I cannot destroy the images.

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Then I read the last seven chapters of the book, and, thunderclap-like, my heart shattered. It is a dirge, saltef to whom or for what notion Salter is writing it, I have never quite been sure, because any treatise on love often requires us to re-examine both it and our greater understanding of its devices. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: On the second day, we filmed jwmes three-way that took up most of the day. Black trees and hanging rain. When I say to you James Salter is one of my heroes, that is what I mean.


This blue, indolent town. Henry Miller’s prick; Marguerite Duras’ icy detachment. Not once did the sex in this book make me cringe which is unusual for me.

Nothing can affect you, no revelation, no crime.

A Sport and a Pastime

There Wow, I really liked this. And I see his whole appearance differently.

Our narrator’s fixation on Dean and Anne-Marie is a fixing of time, and a fixing of the timelessness of the sexual moment. The essence of another. Our hero, one Phillip Dean, is gallivanting round the south of France with an eighteen year old French girl, who, as it so happens, has never had any traffic up the old chocolate highway before. Though Anne-Marie is the object of his desire and the subject of his incandescent, burning dreams, it is Dean he fixates upon.

And this transaction is, of course, the truth about sexual love. A Sport and a Pastime: Despite his small output and his own criticism of it Salter is revered among many in the literary community. The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion.

Apr 08, mark monday rated it spot it Shelves: Dean has to brace his hands on the wall. On its own terms, sex is information. Dean is callow and handsome, he stimulates and elates his lover, but he is terrified of the consequences, responsibilities, babies.


Have you read others? This in turn transforms the structure and pacing of the narrative. Snow Falling Jane Gloriana Villanueva. I A sport and a pastime is a pretty good definition of how a certain kind of man treats women in relationships. Retrieved from ” https: Who writes sentences like these?! He’s obsessed with whether made-up Dean will get to try made-up butt stuff. The dude mentioned above is Dean, who drives a lo A few years ago Esquire published a list of 80 books every man should read that was so hilariously penis-centric that even they admitted it.

Because this is the partner, the exchange, that will color all potential future deeds and erase of memory of deeds past. The garter belt he leaves on, to confirm her nakedness.