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"Shameless comic extravagance.... Roth gleefully exploits our readiness to let baseball stand for America itself." —The New York Times
"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick.... An awesome performance." —The New Republic
"Roth is better than he's ever been before.... The prose is electric." —The Atlantic
Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman, John Baal, "The Babe Ruth of the Big House," who never hit a home run sober. If you've never heard of them?or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history?it's because of the Communist plot, and the capitalist scandal, that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory.
In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.
While I admire a great deal of Roth's work, this book is just plain boring. It is hard for me to believe that Roth wrote this garbage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theodore S. Sotinsky
If I hadn't have known that Roth had written it I'd never have guessed. Not only is it poorly written and constructed it has virtually nothing meaningful to say. Read morePublished 2 months ago by drjerry
A good read for baseball historians, or nuts as we are called. Alliteration, humor, off color stories, fantasy, you name it, this one has it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald Ray
I'm a fan of baseball basically due to marriage, as my spouse is a near lifelong fan of the local pinstriped team and as such my shelf of "stories about baseball" consists... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Battaglia
A religious phantasy about sacred American mythology: baseball and McCarthy.
A master of alliteration, Word Smith, aka Smitty, rants away at the great conspiracy in baseball. Read more
Not one of Roth's most visible works but one of his best in my opinion.Published 10 months ago by LS
I have read this book dozens of times - I used to read it every spring when baseball season starts! It is so funny! One of my all time favorite books!Published 20 months ago by myshopper