By James Salter
"As approximately ideal as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds rate (The big apple Times) defined this vintage that has been a favourite of readers, either right here and in Europe, for nearly 40 years. Set in provincial France within the Nineteen Sixties, it's the intensely carnal story--part stunning truth, half feverish dream --of a love affair among a footloose Yale dropout and a tender French woman. there's the noticeable and the unseen--and pages that burn with an extraordinary intensity.
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She finished her ice cream and sat clasping her hands tight between her legs; she was rubbing her thighs together and looking for someone to beat her nicely drawn demurely in against her body. and you weren't there It . The . farther south you went the worse got. it Sheet-Rock Fred had sometimes spoken of living true that is in Mexico City for half a year or so; if you went there and waited for a very long time and were lucky you might conceivably see him (if he didn't go to India instead to get cremated beside the Ganges), but then what about Megan?
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37 it thundered. Little and red ants crawled Again you chewed the THIRTEEN STORIES AND THIRTEEN EPITAPHS (When you tender tender needles of evergreens. ) Dandelions and blueflax in the meadow; in a sandier spot you came across the reddish- danced orange treasures of Indian paintbrush. You ran uphill through the tunnels of white aspen and reached another hot yellow meadow browsing with bees, and more aspen forest whose creamy trunks were as smooth which was littered with the grey trunks of windblown trees, some hollow, some swarming with ants, and after much labor among the snapping twigs you came to the crest of the hill and there was a grassy dome where mulleins grew as high as your head and inside each one was a white moth and the blades of mountains rose purple-grey, high above the rolling hills, whose grass was soft like yellow corn-dust, and the smell of dust was good and clean, and there was snow on Humphreys Peak; and you ran laughing down and down again, past a dead black witching-tree with branches like ribs, like the branches in Gualala, like the branches everywhere, and you and then as poles, continued east, with blue shrubs, and sunlight a steep slope of evergreen forest, it flat ridges in the distance speckled with greyish- was night and then morning and the patches of on the chaparral made it and there were clouds over the gold; mountains with cloud-stuff eternally bursting from them in a frozen explosion of purity, and you saw a purple scorpionweed and then trees and dust and mountains.
A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel by James Salter