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Season's End: A Novel Hardcover – April 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316328766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316328760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

An entertaining tale of minor league baseball, Zen philosophy, death, fame, and statistics. Mike Williams is a minor league player looking to make it big by attaining the ultimate measure of success: a remarkable batting average. George O'Kane is his Buddha: a fellow minor leaguer who plays like an all-star, yet is unconcerned with the scrambling for success or the constant incremental measures of his performance. He develops a method of hitting that inverts the standard injunctions of batting coaches: he takes his eye off the ball and knocks them out of the park. O'Kane teaches his philosophy of baseball to Williams before being called up to the big leagues. Tom Grimes's novel is the story of Williams's own rise into the majors and his ascent in understanding the real lessons of baseball. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

This schizophrenic second novel from Grimes ( A Stone of the Heart ) veers from sluggish philosophizing and ponderous verbosity to snappy repartee and crisp narrative. Mike Williams, a left fielder and singles hitter for an unnamed major league baseball team, chronicles the intermittently compelling stories of his marriage to his high school sweetheart and battles with his agent, manager and team owner in the seasons between 1975 and the players' strike of 1981. Proposing baseball as an anchor of sanity in the craziness of the business world around it, Grimes contrasts the sharp realities of life with "the sweet illusions of the game." The first part of the novel, charting Williams's rise to stardom and its burdens, is smugly pretentious and nearly chokes the sly, sardonic humor that is its principal redeeming feature, although the rest of the book is better focused. Williams observes, "We are ballplayers. We accept the ineffable and get on with the game." Grimes should have have followed suit from early on.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Tom Grimes is the author of five novels. He edited The Workshop: Seven Decades from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Mentor: A Memoir recounts his friendship with Frank Conroy, author of the classic memoir Stop-Time.

"From now on, anyone who dreams of becoming a novelist will need to read Tom Grimes's brutally honest and wonderful 'Mentor. While there have been plenty of books on how to write, or how to get published, or how to promote your work, as well as a number of triumphalist accounts of "making it," this is a story of what it's like to just miss succeeding." --- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MBK on January 20, 2011
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I liked the novel but didn't feel it was of the same quality as "A Stone of the Heart" or "Mentor." Powerful insight into the harsh reality of major league baseball and the price of stardom. The characters are finely drawn. However, the many literary allusions that Grimes makes through his main character, Mike Williams, are hardly believable for a professional athlete. To retain them, Grimes might have done better had he written this book in third person limited point of view rather than in first person singular. Stunning and almost overwhelming imagery conveyed through powerful use of simile and metaphor.
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By james Talis jr on February 19, 2014
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At times it was an interesting read but overall too philosophical and drifted away. Many sub-stories were started and never finished. I had many unanswered questions in the ends
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