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Well past the prime he never had, Jordan, at 56, realizes he still can't shake the game or the way the failure of not making it continues to haunt him. Setting out to confront his past, he tries stepping back into it, detailing moment by moment the excruciating process of struggling into shape for his shot to pitch a minor league game with the Waterbury Saints. At the same time, he also describes with painful precision what it takes to repair old wounds within the family. That both processes lead to a sense of peace with who he is and the journey his life has taken is the kind of stat that stands up favorably to any win-loss record.
Jordan is a powerful writer, his prose riding carefully controlled waves of muscularity, tenderness, understanding, and insight. Sports may be his arena here, but metaphysics is his game. "In our late fifties," he writes of himself and his wife, "we lived our lives in a Twilight Zone. We were both young and old. With one hand we held on to our fading youth, bikini thongs and pitching baseballs.... We both knew that the days of our youth were closing fast." What Jordan makes clear throughout A Nice Tuesday is that hearing the footsteps of time approaching isn't tantamount to being overtaken by them. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'll probably start pestering my friends to read it now, just like I did with your first one.
I found the book an incredibly interesting portrait of a man that is eerily DISsimilar to myself, yet I could relate and empathise with his life and dreams.
"A Nice Tuesday" also conveys Jordan's sense of inevitable doom -- this obviously comes from the heart -- which reminds me of the "Under Toad" in Garp.
Pat Jordan still thinks of himself as a pitcher who happens to write rather than merely a writer. But his memoir is about more than just baseball. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Sugafoot
I was on the field and helped warm up Pat Jordan in the bullpen before his appearance on the mound during his game with the Waterbury Spirit. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Bullpen Catcher
I finished reading your book, A Nice Tuesday, today while waiting in the dentist's office - a bit of pleasure before pain. Read more
Pat Jordan's sequel to his decades-earlier classic baseball portrait of a young man, "A False Spring," outdoes the original. Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by Perry L. Barber
I bought this book because I enjoyed a False Spring many years ago. I was truly not disappointed. Pat Jordan is so honest that it doesn't matter whether you are reading his books... Read morePublished on December 19, 2006 by logistician
It must have been my lucky day when I found this gem in a remainder bin. I picked it to peruse from idle curiosity about the cover and title, not because I knew anything about Pat... Read morePublished on June 25, 2002 by B. Musler
I know nothing about baseball and did not need to. This was a great story about the authors' interesting life. I highly recommend this book.Published on February 1, 2000
While this book is certainly not the definative baseball book, it certainly gives ANY reader the chance to enjoy the nuances of the sport. Read morePublished on January 10, 2000 by Greg Dennis