I fun romp back in time to the BSC - and to their early days, nonetheless. The book was cute. It was fun how they incorporated old facts and even brouI fun romp back in time to the BSC - and to their early days, nonetheless. The book was cute. It was fun how they incorporated old facts and even brought people back from the dead! ; ) Clearly we're far beyond the age of the intended demographic, but if you're a former fan, you'd still enjoy it....more
In one of my favorite books, Wonder Boys (also by Chabon), the main character Grady Tripp is described as writing a novel that just goes on endlesslyIn one of my favorite books, Wonder Boys (also by Chabon), the main character Grady Tripp is described as writing a novel that just goes on endlessly without any real end in sight...Reading this book felt like that a lot of the time! The only difference was that instead of endless, overly detailed description (which is supposedly what Grady Tripp fell victim to), I felt that this book did not have enough - he contstantly introduced new concepts and characters, with little explanation, and I had trouble keeping track of them all.
The book focuses on baseball as a theme, and I love baseball, so I appreciated some aspects of that theme in the story. I also appreciated Chabon's writing, which usually is glorious and which, even in this largely mediocre book, managed to maintain some of its luster. Each time I thought about picking up the book again to read more, a feeling of dread swept over me, but if I got through one sitting long enough, it started to draw me in a little, and I did want to read it through to find out what happened in the end.
I'm glad I read this b/c Chabon is my favorite author and I would have just remained curious otherwise, but a warning to his other fans: You are likely to be disappointed here....more