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Wendel's lustrous prose and imaginative storytelling paint a vivid portrait of a life not just lived, but inhaled against a backdrop of a nation mad for baseball and not far from political and social upheaval. Having caught Castro's extraordinarily feathery curveball in an exhibition, Billy befriends the future leader, falling under his charismatic spell and enormous dreams for a new nation. Billy also falls, deeply, for a beautiful Cuban photographer who is so caught by Castro's visions that destiny deems the strands of their lives can never twine. "Castro was a hurricane unto himself," Billy recalls. "When I first met him, that side of him seemed refreshing, almost funny in a strange way." But the closer he got to Cuba's future leader, the more that would change. Just how much--and at what personal cost--is the secret that Billy, now an old man on a return trip to his past, must confront as if it were a fastball down the heart of his life, and make his peace with it at last. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This debut novel shows him to be a versatile, deft writer.
An interesting story about Cuba in the days just before the revolution when Fidel Castro had to choose between a career in baseball or a revolution.
And, of course, the baseball, which flowed throughout the book, acted as a tangible anchor to betrayal, love, revolution and the past.
An interesting story about Cuba in the days just before the revolution when Fidel Castro had to choose between a career in baseball or a revolution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Marks
I have Tim Wendel's book sitting on my bookshelf waiting for it to become a movie. It is an adventure into the 'old' baseball era where players were still hometown heroes and fans... Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Evi Dently
Castro's Curveball was a fun read that begs the question -- what if it wasn't fiction?
The descriptive images of Cuba in the 1940's were wonderful. Read more
I didn't think I would love a book about baseball. But I loved this story, the characters, the context, the fact that it took me somewhere else in time and space. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Joanne M. Lozar Glenn
While it is not absolutely necessary, some knowledge about the role of baseball in Cuban life, the winter baseball league that used to exist in Cuba and the revolution carried out... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Charles Ashbacher
This well-written book examines the question of whether Fidel Castro ever signed a contract to pitch in the major leages. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Frank J. Konopka
Tim Wendel has captured the post-Batista era of Cuban politics and baseball. It's a great read, with rich characters and drama. Highly recommended.Published on May 4, 2010 by Elliot Stanton Berke
Time Wendel did a temendous job of not only making the baseball exciting, but I really got a sense of what Cuba may have been like years ago. Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by Robert Gambarelli
I had high hopes for this book. The book describes itself as a fictionalized account of Fidel Castro's baseball career. Read morePublished on May 27, 2004 by JMack