Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games
A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly inspiring and utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti's long-out-of-print final book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the concepts of leisure, American-s
The last is the beloved metaphor of Bart Giamatti, Renaissance scholar, Yale president, etc. At the end of his life he made his w ...more
Not really my subject of interest, even though I once took a college class , or two, on leisure studies in the United States. ...more
We know our heroes are personally flawed. But Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds no more diminish the sublimity of their game than pedophile priests, adulterous rabbis or murderous imams decrease the transcendence found in cathedral, synagogue or masjid. Wayward priests – and i ...more
Ingrained in my memory of my youth, is the summer of 1989. Just a few days before I entered high school, Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader was banished by baseball for gambling. The baseball commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti was suddenly someone famous to me. He, the outsider intellectual from Harvard, had ...more
Anyway, Take Time for Paradise is a really Interesting read. There are three parts to the book and being approx. 130 pages it is a relatively quick read. Part 1 is more philosophical and the terminology may slow you down if you are not familiar with it.
I found the comparison of sports and leisure fascinating and really well argued. The American reverence for both ...more
It’s an unanswerable question but Giamatti left some clues within the book on his t ...more
A very kind recipient of the First Reads ARC passed this to me as she was unable to read/review.
The first two chapters of this extended essay were quite wi ...more
The topic itself was quite entertaining, once a state of reading nirvana is attained. Giamatti pours his philosopher's soul into the musings of societal influences and reflections on play, games and, eventually, that of the sport of professional baseball.
So, today there are more college educated and insight ...more
Received last night, will start as soon as current read is done. 6/7/11
Started and finished last night. 6/12/11
Not really a review, because I am not sure what the author really was trying to say. I entered this giveaway because first, I saw a baseball diamond on the front cover, second, the blurb sounded like it was a philisophical examination of fans and their reactions to baseball. (view spoiler)[I was so disappointed when half the bo ...more
I am so sad that I didn't enjoy this book. I didn't even finish it.
I could barely get through the first pages. I would read a paragraph and stop and say to myself...."what the heck did I just read?"
I guess it is just too philosophical for me. I was expecting something a little easier to read. I did enjoy the Forward by John Meacham and the Afterword by Marcus Giamatti. I think if the book was written in their style, I would have given it a 4.
I feel bad givin ...more