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User Review  - sraelling - LibraryThing

I LOVED the first chapters that described the shortstop's amazing fielding capabilities. But once Owen was hit and the president of the college began his pursuit of Owen, I couldn't read any further. Read full review

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User Review  - polarbear123 - LibraryThing

Really enjoyed this, learned. A lot about baseball which I didn't think I would get being English but I did. Loved the characters and an all round great bit of drama. Read full review

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User Review  - dmbkel41 - LibraryThing

Oh how I loved this book! I love books that have a theme, and one that might not be a hook for everyone but can pull anyone in. This book is about baseball, but I feel like if you didn't know a thing ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

A really strong beginning but sagged in the middle and never recovered its momentum. Some memorable characters, some nice writing, but I lost my early enthusiasm for it. Still well worth reading, though. Read full review

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User Review  - indygo88 - LibraryThing

I remember when this book first came out. It got such great reviews & was about baseball (a subject near & dear to me), & yet apparently appealed to many non-baseball fans. I had to get my hands on it ... 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! 

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User Review  - cookierooks - LibraryThing

Could benefit from tightening, it was about 100 pages too long. Baseball and mental breakdowns at a midwestern liberal arts college. Read full review

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