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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
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Apr 30, 2012

it was ok

I really wanted to like this book. Friends have liked it. I'm a baseball fan. (My first book was a biography of a baseball player.) I like literature about baseball. But - meh. I didn't care for the characters, they didn't resonate for me at all. The whole thing with the daughter of the college president was really dumb. Henry, the supposed hero of the book, barely existed other than that you were told he was a great fielder - yet I had the feeling that the writer doesn't actually know all that much about fielding baseballs and that he hasn't done any of it himself. Even that part of the book seemed kind of lifeless to me. There were passages that were nicely written, but there were a whole lot more that just felt like the writer was trying too hard to squeeze out some unusual metaphors and similes that really didn't work. I suppose an argument could be made that several of the seemingly incomplete characters could add up to one interesting, full character when taken in context together - but if that was the intent I think it missed the mark. Oh well.
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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Brackmann I love baseball and was really looking forward to this book. I am just over 80 pages in, and...yeah.

"This is a highly subjective business," indeed...

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