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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Though The Art of Fielding is his fiction debut, Chad Harbach writes with the self-assurance of a seasoned novelist. He exercises a masterful precision over the language and pacing of his narrative, and in some 500 pages, there's rarely a word that feels out of place. The title is a reference to baseball, but Harbach's concern with sports is more than just a cheap metaphor. The Art of Fielding explores relationships--between friends, family, and lovers--and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There's an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion. The Art of Fielding is somehow both confident and intimate, simple yet deeply moving. Harbach has penned one of the year's finest works of fiction.--Kevin Nguyen--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story was involving and most of the characters were very interesting and well developed.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has a love for the game of baseball......also enjoyed all the interesting characters in this book.
This book was TOO long and tried to do too much....too many stories, too much description and completely unlikable, unremarkable characters.
I'd like to say that after the first ten or twenty pages (I'm not a fan of baseball by the way) I was ready to buy a copy for someone who is in fact a huge fan of the sport with... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Derek D. Bergey
You must like baseball in order to enjoy this book, but if you do...... I hear that its an excellent bookPublished 2 days ago by Beatriz De Nogales
Very much in the manner of Tom Wolffe....Some of Harbach's vocabulary is pretentious: "freshpersons", "opera" as plural of opus...Published 2 days ago by Andrew Lagnese
I got a little annoyed with the protagonist who acted unreasonably for a long ,long time Then he showed up unexpectedly and no one seemed surprised or made anything of it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pat Schroth
I thought this was going to be about baseball but I found out it was a love story. For that reason I didn't read more than a third of the way through the book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Danny Seraphin
Read it for a book club. Don't think I would have read it on my own.
But that is why there are many authors and many, many books.
This book received great praise on its arrival and made many "best of.." lists, yet it also has attracted a great deal of thoughtful but highly negative reviews both here... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard A. Jenkins