- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0641743807
- ISBN-13: 978-0641743801
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,181,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faithful - Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle The Historic 2004 Season Hardcover – 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I've had the opportunity to meet Stephen King..Oddly enough here in Detroit as he was following his Red Sox on a road trip. We talked for about 15 minutes and he wanted to talk more about the Sox than his books! That was about 15 years ago and he's remained a truly passionate fan.
This book with his daily journal is really a hoot to read. It's kind of cool to see a guy who's a millionaire many tims over agaonizing over his favorite sports team just like the guy on the assembly line in the Ford plant.
King paints a picture filled with hope yet covered with a layer pessimism that only one who has seen so many dashed hopes can ever relate to. The missives back and forth between King and O' Nan, discussing stats and performances like a couple of fan boys was so fun to read. It's serendipitous too that this, the most significant and eventful season in Red Sox history, was the one King and O'Nan happened to chronicle. It had more tortuous (often torturous) story lines and plot points than either novelist could hope to devise - from the team's promising start to its maddening mid-season mediocrity to its overpowering win streak that annihilated the wild-card competition to its monumental post-season comeback.
What a read. Enjoy it Sox fans!
I was really looking forward to the book after hearing during the post-season that Steve and Stewart were working on this book. What a fortuitous year to have chosen for this project (sometimes the stars do align). The problem I have with the book isn't as moronic as the idiots that are whining about "nasty language". Good lord, people, they're real words written by real people expressing real thoughts. Get over it already you prudish dullards.
Nope, my problem with the book is that so much time was dedicated to early games in the season than was put into the most important games of the season (the post-season). You get pitch-by-pitch accounts of games in May, but only a gloss-over of some of the post season wins. Come on, guys, those are the games we really wanted to read about.
I'm giving it 3 stars, though, because you do get a real feel for what it's like to be a fan of the BoSox, but most of all what it's like to be a fan of the game of baseball. For that, Steve and Stewart are to be congratulated. A better editor would have helped greatly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this a lot as a baseball fan, but I found that - not being a Red Sox fan, it was a lot harder to keep up with a lot of the questions and banter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David
You probably need to be a diehard Red Sox fan to appreciate the effort here. I'm more of a casual Red Sox fan and felt the writting was subpar and detracted from the excitment of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donald F. Markley
The stuff King writes here is solid. It's full of emotion and energy, the ups and downs of a tumultuous season through the eyes of a true fan. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jellydonut25
Lovers of baseball and King and O'Nan -- here is your Bible. A dreamy book about a dreamy season. Five stars!Published on April 12, 2014 by Daniel Wallace
It's a great read for any Red Sox fan. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories of that season.Published on November 22, 2013 by Regina Hafemann
Fair....Not up to King's standards. Tough to follow who was writing...King or O'Nan.....Like King's novels much better Ready for another soon!Published on October 23, 2013 by Robert J. Dobens