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James Salter. A Sport and a Pastime

Set in France in the early s, the sad and tender story concerns the erotic affair of American middle-class college drop-out Philip Dean and a young French girl, Anne-Marie, as witnessed by a self-consciously unreliable narrator. The unnamed narrator freely admits that much of his observation is in fact his own fantasy of the couple, and includes a number of sexually-explicit descriptions of their day-to-day existence as he imagines it. Many of the story's events take place in the town of Autun in Burgundy. The book is generally regarded by critics as a modern classic. The book feels utterly true.
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The city, which was almost empty during August, now is filling up again. It is being replenished. The restaurants are all reopening, the shops. People are coming back from the country, the sea, from trips on roads all jammed with cars. The station is very crowded. There are children, dogs, families with old pieces of luggage bound by straps. I make my way among them.

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With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. 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. One of the first great American novels to speak frankly of human desire free of guilt and shame, A Sport and a Pastime inspired Reynolds Price to call it "as nearly perfect as any American fiction I know. Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and air force pilot until his mids, when the success of his first novel The Hunters, led to a full-ti

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The story's narrator—who remains anonymous throughout the novel—moves to a small French town named Autun where he is unexpectedly joined by the brilliant though unconventional Philip Dean. The narrator quickly comes to admire him. When Dean becomes involved with a young French girl named Anne-Marie he starts to obsessively piece together—from facts and his own feverish imagination—their time together. Dean ultimately leaves everything in France behind for America but dies in a car accident not long after his return. As the story opens, the narrator, still living in Paris, is dreaming about living in Autun—or anywhere outside of the bustle and distraction of urban life. His friends, Cristina and Billy Wheatland, have a house there which is seldom use and he takes advantage of their offer to move into it.


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