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Calico Joe by John Grisham
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Redemption and family are two themes in John Grisham's novels, and we certainly have both here. One story in Calico Joe involves a bitter, aging pitcher and the rising star whose career is ruined with one beanball. The other involves the same bitter man and his failure as a father. The story moves from first person to third and back in forth in time, between the son and his trip to see his dying father and the events leading up to the awful game. This can be a little confusing, but I got used to it pretty quickly. (I never did get quite used to the verb tense shifts though.)

On certainly does not have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the history of the game, which Grisham clearly knows and loves, or to enjoy reading about these people. The narrator is as interesting a character as Calico Joe, Warren Tracy, and Clarence Rook, though not as dynamic as one might expect. But that is not necessarily a flaw.

I fully expect this novel to be made into a movie, and when it is, I hope it is handled by a bright and creative director instead of getting turned into a Hallmark presentation. Otherwise much of the real grit of the issues addressed in Calico Joe are likely to be lost, and that would be a shame.

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Reading Progress

March 12, 2012 – Started Reading
March 12, 2012 – Shelved
March 12, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
March 13, 2012 –
page 150
75.76% "Hard to put down (I started today), but I have to sleep sometime."
March 14, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Would you enjoy anovel that imagines what would happen to a rookie MLB pitcher who threw a fatal bean ball at the direction of his manager? If so, please check A Pitch For Justice that follows the criminal investigation and prosecution of the case. See Tampa Tribune review here.http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/spo...

Michael Morris Looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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