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Praise for The work of Robert Coover:
"Robert Coover is one of the most original and exciting writers around. Every new book from him is great news." --Edwidge Danticat, McSweeney's
"Coover adds his dazzling two bits to the deconstructionist turf Paul Auster prowled in The New York Trilogy." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"[A] brilliant parody of noir and hardboiled fiction and film." --Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books
"Right from the start the book nearly matches On the Road for sheer electricity . . . Coover made baseball on the page seem three-dimensional, exulting in what he called the game's 'almost perfect balance between offense and defense.' He captured what Philip Roth, in a 1973 New York Times essay on baseball, called 'its longueurs and thrills, its spaciousness, its suspensefulness, its heroics, its nuances, its lingo, its'characters,' its peculiarly hypnotic tedium'. . . The genius of the novel is in how Coover revels in the sun-bright vitality of the world Waugh has created, full of drink and lust and dirty limericks and doubles down the line -- and yet brings Waugh face to face with its darkest truths." --The New York Times Book Review
Robert Coover is widely regarded as one of America's most influential living writers, author of some fifteen groundbreaking books of fiction, including Pricksongs & Descants, The Public Burning, and most recently Ghost Town. Coover has for the past decade been teaching experimental courses in hypertext and multimedia narrative at Brown University. His 1992 essay on hypertext in the New York Times Book Review, "The End of Books," galvanized electronic literature fans around the world.
A novel based on a fictional game of baseball played with dices... the main character steps up to the plate, to the dismay of his "real" life friends and co-workers... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Luc Archambault
Strange, fascinating, story within a story but not in the way most folks think.
At an obvious level, Henry Waugh is an isolated man who spends his time playing a complex,... Read more
One of the books I've read where I don't want it to end. J. Henry Waugh's journey through the ups and downs of his emotional attachment to tabletop baseball is something I can... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lee M Babin
If anything, this book has the greatest collection of proper names in a 20th century novel. I don't give a rip for baseball, but the story of obsession was entertaining, funny, and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Lane
if you can get past the dated material and the really elaborated storyline, it can be really addictive. just not for everyone. i was fascinated when i read it in my late twenties. Read morePublished 16 months ago by William P. Xander
Very possibly the best book I have ever read. By using a fantasy baseball game as the vehicle for a metaphorical analysis of myth, Coover has written a masterpiece.Published 19 months ago by Guy S. Michael
A wonderful examination of how life makes us imagine something else, which process, itself, transforms life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gregory George Gibbs
In places It was a long at bat with this book. I enjoyed parts of it, but there were too many foul balls and a couple of balls that got past me, the catcher(reader). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thomas R. Deits
The final chapter, an epilogue that claims from Bull Durham all exclusive rights to the "church of baseball" metaphor, feels bizarrely out of place, as if tacked on by an... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Paul Campbell