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The Ringer

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Morton Martin Spell -- a once-brilliant, now-infirm seventy-five-year-old writer -- is sliding into delirium. He thinks Mount Sinai Hospital is an exclusive golf course and his catheter is a gym bag. His only link to reality is his thirty-five-year-old nephew, who makes his living as a hired gun for thirteen softball teams and still goes by the name College Boy.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Vusmiles99
Apr 23, 2008 Vusmiles99 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vusmiles99 by: Rich Bleakley
Fast read, will have you laugh out loud, great for the commute to work. Its almost like two books in one. The first half follows the main charater as he basically just floats through life carelessly and then when everything suddenly changes he is forced to finally grow up.
Rachel
Dec 06, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
The cover blurb from The New York Times Book Review reads, "the jokes are plentiful and very high in quality," which strikes me as a particularly straight-faced way to say something is funny. Having read 84 pages of The Ringer, I can see where the NYT is coming from. The book, or at least the 84 pages of it that I read, is full of clever turns of phrase and smart asides, but they're the kind of thing that make you nod and say, "oh. Yes, I see," rather than actually laugh. Scheft's narrative styl ...more
Lexi
Aug 14, 2011 Lexi rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the second of Bill Scheft's books I've read, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more. Even when it wasn't clear where the book was going, it sucked me in and I didn't want to put it down.
Amanda Cohen
Dec 16, 2014 Amanda Cohen rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Smart, funny, at the same time the characters are relatable and eccentric. Couldn't put it down.
Dawn
Dec 19, 2015 Dawn rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
Guess I'm in the minority here, but I had to quit after 25 pages. I couldn't stand the writing and it's not funny at all. Maybe I'll come back to it someday.
Brian
Apr 04, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it
Wierd and hilarious. A story about a guy that rents himself out to local softball teams - he's the ringer. But that's only the backstory.
Rebekkila
Nov 22, 2011 Rebekkila marked it as to-read
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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christina givens
Jan 31, 2011 christina givens rated it it was ok
I found it a little slow to read. The story was interesting but it left me wondering if there shouldn't have been more to the ending. Well worth the read though.
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