The rabbi of swat
A re-imagining of the baseball season of 1927 -- the year Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and led the Yankees to the American League pennant. The hero, Morrie Ginsberg, pitches for the New York Giants and struggles with his team to win the National League pennant and face the Yankees in the World Series. While the novel follows Ginsberg's exploits, Babe Ruth is also a narrative voice, commenting on the action and revealing his thoughts and emotions.
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The rabbi of swatUser Review - Book Verdict
The concept is intriguing: in 1927, Babe Ruth, Sultan of Swat, plays against a Jewish pitcher sportswriters have dubbed the Rabbi of Swat. As Morrie Ginsberg's story unfolds, Ruth comments, finding a counterpoint to his own life in Morrie's. Levine (history, Michigan State Univ.), author of Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience (Oxford Univ., 1992), knows the sport and the history of the era cold, but the book never gels as a novel. As a classic story of a Jewish son enraging his father by assimilating American ways (including falling for a blonde showgirl) and the father's eventual acceptance, the book works well. As a baseball story, about an attempt to fix the series, it doesn't work at all, because Levine never makes clear who the players are and never makes them real to us; it's hard to feel the tension when you have to work at figuring out which team is at bat. Recommended with reservations for public libraries where interest in Jewish history is strong.--Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, IA ...
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Peter Levine accomplishes the unlikely in this clever novel of a-historical fiction. I suppose The Rabbi of Swat could be called “alternate history” in that it deftly handles the cultural aspects of ... Read full review