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THE ART OF FIELDING

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An amiable, Middle American, baseball-centric coming-of-age tale.Henry Skrimshander seems bound for nowhere special, and fast. He's good enough out on the field, but not quite good enough for the Majors or the Ivy League; as he knows, "College coaches were like girls: their eyes went straight to the biggest, bulkiest guys, regardless of what those guys were really worth." Through good dumb luck ... Read full review

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Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Stuart Shiffman

Bill Veeck spent a life in baseball and often observed that it is a game to be savored, not gulped. Perhaps it is the meandering pace and quiet interludes that make the game compatible with literature. Writers including John Tunis, Robert Coover, Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth, to name just a few, have captured the essence of the national pastime in novels that are as unique in their form and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat_F. - LibraryThing

4 stars This is one of the rare ones where I race to the finish the first time, just to find out what happens, and then immediately go back and start sections again, just to savor the prose ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shutzie27 - LibraryThing

Chad Harbach's debut novel begins strong, creating a world the reader easily becomes immersed in and introducing characters that one wants to get to know better. The writing is smooth and flowing, at ... Read full review

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

Every page of the writing in this campus baseball novel is absorbing, every character seems larger than life, and in some cases mythic figures that will live on off the page, and many of the ... Read full review

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A lovely read about coming of age and baseball. As some one who is not a fan of baseball and knows only the basics of the game, I was truly impressed with the detail and writing quality of the author. This allowed readers like me become completely enthralled within the book.
The main character, Henry Skrimshander displays all the insecurities of ourselves and of what may our future possess, our inner struggles. Pitted against social struggles such as the Mike Schwartz' and Owen Dunne'. In the end, what is it that we wish to accomplish?
This book highlights this conflict within ourselves. Should we please ourselves or should we please others. What will I be happy doing?
 

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Thoroughly enjoyable
Hard to describe. I was on such a great journey with all these very real and damaged characters, that I missed tube stops and cancelled plans just to read Harbach's realized slice
of east coast Americana. In order to top this on his next book he ll have to pull out something truly sensational. Well done Chad! 

Review: The Art of Fielding

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

This book left me with the warm and fuzzies and I'm glad I read it. I had a hard time getting into it (definitely a change of pace compared to the last book or two I read) but by the end I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

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User Review  - helen the bookowl - Goodreads

This book deals with some interesting topics; among others are homosexualism and failing when you need to succeed. It also deals with baseball and it was very interesting for me to get into that world ... Read full review

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