'As Lolita is a kind of valentine to Nabokov's adopted, gorgeously vulgar America, so A Sport and a Pastime is a valentine to Salter's France' - Joyce Carol Oates
The best known work of cult American writer James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime, is the story of an affair between a Yale drop out and a girl he meets in France. First published in 1967 to lukewarm sales - perhaps because, the Guardian writes, it was "too salacious for the high-minded, too subtly crafted for the prurient" - it is now remembered as one of the most "most intensely honest accounts of sexual passion ever written" (Sunday Times).
Discussion will be led by the inimitable Clare Conville. Copies of the book are available from the Soho club.