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A Sport And a Pastime [Anglais] [Broché]

James Salter , Reynolds Price
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A Sport and a Pastime "As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price ("The New York Times") described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story--part shocking reality, part feverish dream --of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. T... Full description

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  • Broché: 185 pages
  • Editeur : Farrar Straus Giroux (22 août 2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0374530505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374530501
  • Dimensions du produit: 21 x 14,1 x 1,4 cm
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 daté et surfait 9 juillet 2013
Par M. Senacq
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D'abord je n'ai pas aimé le ton du récit, très distant et analytique et donc froid. Le narrateur qui intervient par endroits ne me gêne pas, même si on ne saisit pas bien son rôle (de faire-valoir du héros ? d'antithèse ?).
Ensuite les 2 protagonistes : on ne comprend pas bien ce qui les rapproche. Pour un étudiant de Yale (même un dropout) s'amouracher d'une petite vendeuse de milieu modeste est assez peu crédible. Et d'ailleurs, ils n'ont rien à se raconter, leur principale activité étant le sexe.
Il y a beaucoup de sexe, et ça n'ajoute pas grand-chose à l'histoire. A l'époque on a pu trouver ça érotique, aujourd'hui ça ne choque plus personne et donc ça tombe plutôt à plat. Certes c'est bien écrit, c'est même la seule chose qui m'ait vraiment plu dans ce roman. Les descriptions de ces petites villes de province françaises sont remarquables par leur acuité, témoignage d'une époque révolue.

Enfin l'histoire : quelle histoire ? c'est superficiel et prétentieux. Il ne se passe pas grand-chose, et je n'ai pas réussi à m'intéresser aux deux personnages, qui restent de carton pâte pour ne pas dire carrément antipathiques (surtout Philip Dean, qui est un vrai parasite)
J'espère que les autres romans de cet écrivain unanimement admiré sont de meilleure facture, en tous cas je ne recommande pas de commencer par celui-ci.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Bonne écriture 2 février 2008
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J'aime l'histoire, mais c'est manquer quelque chose. L'écriture était magnifique, particulièrement en faisant face aux matières sexuelles. J'ai obtenu un vrai sens du jeune de la vie quotidienne, de leurs sentiments de fluctuation et d'amour. Et leur excursion de la France était vive et réaliste. Cependant, à la fin, j'ai espere quelque chose de plus.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pure and simple joy! 7 novembre 2000
Par Glenn McLeod - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter. North Point Press San Fransisco 1985
On the surface this is a love story. Phillip Dean, an American dropout from Yale, and Anne-Mari Costallat, a French shop girl, live and love, love, love... for several months in France. As the observer/narrator tells the story, one is never quite certain whether the narrative is an objective account of the life of Phillip and Anne-Mari or a fabricated wish fulfillment of a frustrated stymied paramour of the beautiful Claude Picquet. In the end it doesn't matter as the story ebbs and flows inexorably and smoothly through the shimmering French countryside to its tragic conclusion.
The writing is astounding. I stopped time and again to read and reread passages as the combinations of words and phrases evoked emotions and feelings that I thought not possible given the simplicity and directness of the words. There is a conciseness to both the story and the language. So much is said with so few words that one sometimes regrets that this parsimony of words brings the end too soon. I wanted the novel to continue so I might continue to savor this beautiful writing.
A wonderful novel that I will continue to read for years to come.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eros imagined . . . 22 août 2005
Par Ronald Scheer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like Salter's other novels, this book is a study in hero worship. Here the hero is not a fighter pilot ("The Hunters") or an alpine mountain climber ("Solo Faces") but a lover, whose intensely erotic affair with a young French woman is imagined by the novel's narrator, a casual friend who scarcely knows him. Phillip Dean (like a real-life counterpart James Dean) is in his twenties, good looking, intelligent, and with a fatal attraction to fast cars. (Dean Moriarty of Kerouac's "On the Road" also comes to mind.)

As a movie, this would be NC-17 material. Far from romance, it's a graphic portrayal of the unpredictable interplay of desires and emotions between two people physically attracted to each other. And in its fascination with the shifting moods of lovers consumed by their passions, it is "very French."

Though published, and apparently set, in the 1960s, the book captures the look and feel of post-war France. The provincial towns where it takes place are lifeless and silent, seemingly exhausted. Salter's gift for seizing sharply drawn impressions from fleeting images makes the settings almost jump from the page. Written in present tense, his sentences are short and often fragmentary. While evoking the great weight of history, his images have the immediacy of the present. An American reader who has traveled in Europe will recognize the emotions Salter describes.

Meanwhile, the story is layered with ironies. The narrator himself seems to have a life that is almost empty of eros, and he reminds us that for all its graphic detail, he has imagined all the intimacies of Dean and Anne-Marie's affair. Maybe the lesson in this has to do with our own perceived inadequacies and voyeuristic curiosity about the private lives of others, especially celebrities and public figures. Almost 40 years later, Salter's novel stands up very well today, its vision and its ambiguities more pointed than ever.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Year of Living Sensually 26 août 2001
Par Doug Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the opening pages an unnamed narrator describes the French countryside and small towns he is traveling through by train. The writing is flawless, sharply observant and evocative of a locale and country that is traditionally linked with romance. As the narrator settles into a rented villa and begins to explore the night life of the small village he has decided to spend some time in we become aware of a peculiar habit of mind he has. The narrator likes to imagine the inner and private lives of strangers he meets. This is woven into the narrative in a way that makes it exciting to read as you don't always know just how much of what he relates is observation and how much created out of an imagination fueled by some personal need to embellish. The narrator is dedicated to a life of inaction so much so that he is relieved to find the woman he admires from a distance is no longer available. The books title is taken from the Koran and as Salter says in his autobiography is meant to be ironic as in its context it is meant to refer to the insignificance of this life in comparison to the life to come. But the narrator is no follower of traditional thought or beliefs and his only pastime is that habit of mind. Entering into his world is his exact opposite Dean. Outwardly handsome, exuding a sense of adventure, recently arrived from Spain, and immediately gaining the attention of women he also gainds the attention of our narrator. The two become friends....apparently. For here the clues as to what is observed and what is imagined becomes grey. Nevertheless this is not a distraction, rather it makes for an intriguing complexity to the narrative. Dean is soon involved in an affair which is highly charged, almost purely physical in its nature. Dean and Anne-Marie frolic in every way imaginable, including the favorite way of that most depraved of Frenchman, Sade. All could well be an invented affair but maybe not. The writing is so succinct and yet so rich in detail that as a reader you really don't care. It is a good sexy story. Eventually Dean who has been living out of his rich American fathers pockets must return to America but what a ride it has been. Dean leaves his rare sportscar in the care of our narrator but as soon as Dean is gone the car shows signs of decay. Every detail of this story from the descriptions of the French towns to the weather, which is often foul, to the sex scenes and trips to Paris is exceptionally told. This book has enough interesting aspects to be much longer but unfortunately it does end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Floating through words 6 septembre 2007
Par TheLonelyArtistClub - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I read this book a few years ago as a young, wide-eyed college student. Recently, with more experience (both literary and in life) I've come to it again and I'm still amazed by Salter's ability to put me into a trance. I can see a little bit of the Hemingway influence that people have pointed out (and I believe Salter himself has listed E.H. as an influence), but more than anything else, I see this novel as owing a debt to "The Great Gatsby," with it's unreliabilty and dazzling lights.

Salter's language is not perfect throughout, his style falters for brief moments, but for most of the novel it is nearly impeccable. The unnammed narrator is one of the greatest (and maybe the most) unreliable narrator of all time, starting in the second chapter with the words "None of this is true. I've said Autun, but it could easily have been Auxerre. I'm sure you'll come to realize that. I am only putting down details which entered me, fragments that were able to part my flesh. It's a story of things that never existed although even the faintest doubt of that, the smallest possibility, plunges everything into darkness. I only want whoever reads this to be as resigned as I am. There's enough passion in the world already. Everything trembles with it. Not that I believe it shouldn't exist, no, no, but this is only a thin, relfecting sliver which somehow keeps catching the light."

One of the most common criticisms of the book is its erotic, nearly pornographic, content. To some I would say that it's worth the possiblity of being offended (or merely shocked or even aroused) just to experience the pure beauty of Salter's prose. To others I would point out the historical context of the novel. After Grove Press won the right to import and sell D.H. Lawerence's "Lady Chatterly's Lover" American novels across the spectrum were, and many still are, saturated with sexual content. Salter, more than any other writer I've read (and I've read a a lot) deals with sex in a manner that is almost too poetic to be real but too grounded to be surreal.

In the introduction to this particular edition (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006), Duke University Professor and acclaimed novelist Reynolds Price argues that this novel "is as nearly perfect a narrative as I've encountered in English-language letters, a more brilliant and heartbreaking portrayal of young sexual intoxication than I've found elsewhere, and an unbroken exercise of prose that leaves me proud of my native language and of a fearless man who labored to lay it out with such useful opulence." I can't help but agree.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Objectification as Art 31 mars 2006
Par Linda Burkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat authentifié par Amazon
Salter has an incredible sensuous style, so I'm giving this three stars because I just like how he puts the words together on the page. But for me this books feels utterly dated. It was apparently written in the 1960's and it shows -- disaffected American (Dean) hangs out in France, has lots of erotic yet completely emotionally unfulfilling sex. No one communicates very deeply with anyone, nothing seems to have a point and of course it all ends badly. I suspect it seems much more meaningful if you are a certain sex (not mine) and beyond a certain age.

The sex (did I mention there's lots of it?) is vividly described yet weirdly depressing. Why? Maybe it's because I'm a woman and the woman in this story is treated as an absolute object. There is no real effort made to get into her head, and she appears to exist solely to be a docile receptacle for Dean's sperm. For all the emotional involvement our hero feels for her, he might as well have just bought an inflatable doll. So yeah, I find that kind of depressing.
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