By James Salter
"As approximately excellent as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds cost (The manhattan 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 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 lady. there's the noticeable and the unseen--and pages that burn with an extraordinary intensity.
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No, you would never see her again, either. Now the wind began to blow and you had to lie inside your sleeping bag for days and days, just as you did when you were up here with Painter Ben and he smoked two packs of cigarettes a day out of desperate boredom and played solitaire over and over while the tent shuddered and strained and he cried out and the this is the most idlest trip I've ever been on! water froze and the toothpaste froze and your boots froze solid and all and San Marino relish the — your socks except for Elaine's froze and you licked your lips suffering from California orange juice withdrawal and day by day the wind nudged your tent and shrank it around you because the ground had been frozen so hard that you hadn't been able to stake the had to hold all sides them with rocks which the wind comers down so you'd rolled closer and then the six-month darkness came and you frozen scream with a film of ice over your and closer on lay trapped in a mouth and eyes like the Franklin Expedition seamen in their graves on Beechey Island, and as your blood slowly turned to a reddish-black popsicle you dreamed of escaping south but your feet had been so long frostbitten that they were gangrenous and even if they weren't, even if you could start south and south across the frozen sea, you would eventually 36 fail running the test The Ghost of Magnetis M of Orpheus and look behind you, whereupon you would see a white speck sunning looked at itself on greenish ice — a polar bear!
A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel by James Salter