'Slender, cynical and bruisingly sexy . . . exquisite' Daily Telegraph
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 namedAnne-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.
'Cool, compelling and brilliantly written' Time
'He has written three books that everyone should read before they die: A Sport and a Pastime, Light Years, and his recollections, Burning the Days' Independent
'As Lolita is a kind of valentine to Nabokov's adopted, gorgeously vulgar America, so A Sport and a Pastime is a valentine to Salter's France' Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
James Salter is the author of numerous books, including the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), The Hunters and All That Is; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days, written with Kay Salter. He lives in New York and Colorado.