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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 didn't finish it. I though the book was long-winded and superficial. I'm not sure what all the hype was about. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jake P
Excellent read. Well drawn characters. Good drama. Super writing. Sorry to finish it.Published 6 days ago by bob s
I don't know much about baseball and I have never really been that interested in the game. There was even this one time where I went to Tiger's Stadium because I was invited to go... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Debra G. Hendren
I thought it was boring, but I know people who loved it because of the baseball theme. Only one likeable character. You decide which.Published 25 days ago by Mandalyn
Chad Harbach’s first novel is a mashup of some really classic American themes and topics: baseball, college, the midwest, and friendship. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Louis Foster
One of the best books I've ever read. A true philosophy of life. I wanted to BE that guy.Published 28 days ago by oshkoshwriter
Some interesting character development. good story telling.Published 28 days ago by Phoebe J. Becktell