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Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
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Jul 18, 11

Read in June, 2011

I have a feeling I would've liked the movie better even if I'd read the book first. From a style standpoint, the author pumps out metaphors like a coke machine (IRONY ALERT!). He's in love with describing one thing as being like something else, which is fine when done sparingly.

The story's great, though. Annie sounds like the most perfect woman/wife ever created by a writer, Canadian or otherwise. And I spent a fair amount of time wanting to punch J.D. Salinger, which seems about right given my previous experience with his "character's" work. Casting James Earl Jones as a reclusive counter-culture writer in the movie instead of Salinger was a great choice, IMO (as if casting Darth Vader is ever wrong). It's rare in my experience that a movie seems to improve upon a book, but in this case I think Field of Dreams managed to translate the story into something much more emotional and memorable.
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Brooke I agree! The man beats his readers over the head with imagery! I actually found Annie's character really annoying in her "perfection." I mean, really, what woman is like that? She's like a nubile earth-mother nymph who supports his every bizarro whim with a kiss and a bag of homemade cookies.


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