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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View all 13 comments. How to Fall in Love Cecelia Ahern. Mar 14, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold. And Salter reminds us of this constantly, in whatever small nuanced way he can. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Rarely are we graced with such a perfect, and such a necessary interlude in media or film as the coupling of Claire Fourlani and Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Blackone of the most skilful and perfect depictions of carnal and emotion bliss offered by Hollywood in the past twenty years. It’s a story of things that never existed. She is youth, if not innocence. 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.


The depiction of France from the point of view of a visitor is stunning, one of the best evocations of place I’ve ever read. Show 25 25 50 All.

Beautiful and brutal: how James Salter set the standard for erotic writing

Perhaps Salter’s books are best read spaced apart? Loading comments… Trouble loading? The great bed begins creaking. You may write ‘prick’ all you want, as frequently as you may deem necessary, for your father is, and has, a prick.

Quotes – Place There is a strong sense of location, conjured by brief snapshots of sights, sounds, and smells the narrator is a photographeroften at the start of chapters. A Sport and a Pastime Book cover.

That’s the feeling I had, that I wouldn’t appreciate the richness otherwise. His prick is hard. This I learned from reading Salter.

They have fallen asleep. Salter makes so many other strange, admirable moves in these pages that it would be difficult to enumerate them all his rejection of constant, linear time; his use of description as tool of narrative authority; his complete rejection of the reader’s desire to know more about our narrator.

The Moon Sister Lucinda Riley. This blue, indolent town. Aug 19, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: The Unlimited Dream Company J. The only fumbles come when he turns to sex.

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Dean pwstime a small, straight mouth and wide-set, intelligent eyes. Perhaps I have no idea, still, about any of this. 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.


This article about an erotic novel of the s is a stub. It is we who give them their majesty, their power, which we ourselves could never possess. The conceit of a work of fiction is to hide its mechanisms, to simulate, to suspend, even if it plays tricks with exposure and the seductiveness of words. There is the seen and the unseen—and pages that burn bright with a rare intensity.

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Her existence blackens my life. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

It’s quite sad and moving, actually. A Sport and a Pastime [is] still one of the most intensely honest books about sexual passion. My entire copy is filled with post-it notes and scribbles.

Maybe more one for the ladies I don’t know, the fact that it’s Salter and as a lover of all things French there was just about enough to satisfy. Jun 26, Nicole rated it it was ok.

Their pastmie is innocent and warm.