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A Sport and a Pastime Summary
James Salter

Everything you need to understand or teach A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter.

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A Sport and a Pastime Summary

Plot Summary

The story's narrator—who remains anonymous throughout the novel—moves to a small French town named Autun where he is unexpectedly joined by the brilliant though unconventional Philip Dean. The narrator quickly comes to admire him. When Dean becomes involved with a young French girl named Anne-Marie he starts to obsessively piece together—from facts and his own feverish imagination—their time together. Dean ultimately leaves everything in France behind for America but dies in a car accident not long after his return.

As the story opens, the narrator, still living in Paris, is dreaming about living in Autun—or anywhere outside of the bustle and distraction of urban life. His friends, Cristina and Billy Wheatland, have a house there which is seldom use and he takes advantage of their offer to move into it. Philip Dean, who has heard of his move...

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