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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.
Where to begin? There are so many things to say about the book, most of them not very complimentary. Read morePublished 8 days ago by A reader from California
I struggled to finish this book. While I tried, I really couldn't find anything about it that held my interest. Read morePublished 23 days ago by P. Jager
I grew up loving baseball and using it as the backdrop for the compelling story of life's challenges and victories was very enjoyable. A good read for both women and men,.Published 23 days ago by Paula J.
I burned out on playing and watching baseball years ago, and I tend to have zero interest in "campus" novels, so you'd think a book that revolves around a college baseball... Read morePublished 29 days ago by A. Ross
Although I am not a baseball fan, this book was about so much more than the game. Well written and very interesting story of a group of people at a small college where lives... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Byrne
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 1 month ago by Derek D. Bergey