A Sport and a Pastime

James Salter 
<b>The astonishing novel and “tour de force” about a love affair in postwar France from the iconic author of <i>All That Is </i>(<i>The</i><i> New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br /> Twenty-year-old Yale dropout Phillip Dean is traveling Europe aimlessly in a borrowed car with little money. When he stops for a few days in a church-quiet town near Dijon, he meets Anne-Marie Costallat, a young shop assistant. The two begin an affair both carnal and innocent, and she quickly becomes to him the real France, its beating heart and an object of pure longing.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> James Salter, author of <i>Light Years</i> and the memoir <i>Burning the Days</i>, was an essential voice in the evolution of late twentieth-century prose, a stylist on par with Updike and Roth who won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection <i>Dusk and Other Stories</i>. One of the first great American novels to speak frankly of human desire free of guilt and shame, <i>A Sport and a Pastime</i> inspired Reynolds Price to call it “as nearly perfect as any American fiction I know.”<br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>This ebook edition features an illustrated biography of James Salter including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.</i><br /> &#xa0;“As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br /> “Sentence for sentence, Salter is the master.” —Richard Ford<br /> “A feverishly compressed, exquisitely controlled story.” —<i>Los Angeles Times</i>&#xa0;James Salter (1925–2015) was a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and air force pilot until his mid-30s, when the success of his first novel (<i>The Hunters, </i>1957) led to a full-time writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel <i>A Sport and a Pastime </i>(1967) was hailed by the <i>New York Times </i>as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.”&#xa0;&#xa0;
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