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Invincible, Indiana Paperback – November 3, 2011
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Nate is a gifted writer who manages a keen balance between a descriptive sports novel any fan craves and can follow and well developed/intriguing characters you truly care and root for/against.
With lines like "The soul has a greater capacity for sorrow than the flesh" and paragraphs of
"The locker room is a sanctuary; the court is chaos. From the confines of the dressing room, a team can hear the echoes and rhythms of the crowd and the band as they prepare for the arrival of the players. The dull thumps and muted cheers are promises of the glory that waits outside. They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and there are few in Indiana high school locker rooms. When immortality stoops so near that it can almost be grasped, ever vain young men stop to beg for divine assistance. Then, as one, they march out together. For many teams, this trek before the first game of the season marks the last time they will ever be truly united. For others, the bond deepens as the weeks pass. From the twilight of the lockers, the team breaks into the dawn of the court. The burst of sound and color that washes down to the floor bathes the body in a rush of adrenaline unmatched outside of sport.Read more ›
That's the back-story for the finely written INVINCIBLE, INDIANA. The actual tale involved a young, first-year coach fresh from the Butler University staff. He arrives in Invincible and deals with the eccentricities and biases of a small, fading community devoted to its high school team. Invincible loves basketball, a condition once common in towns throughout the state. Invincible, however, has something else. It is deeply protective of their team's legendary record: 49 consecutive .500 seasons.
In a less able writer, this book could have been a sappy, preditable stereotype. Fortunately, Dunlevy took a street-real approach. With the exception of a couple of high-minded speech blurts, the dialogue reflects the way people talk under stress. Nothing shocking. The language is just unvarnished, what you hear rather than what your aunt pretends she wishes to hear. When he puts characters in rugged situations, they sometimes come out with their plumes drooping. The writing tugs the reader through the pages, not with building tension, but with growing curiosity about whether the author will be able to look you in the face on the last page. Find out. Read this excellent book.Read more ›