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The Art of Fielding: A Novel
The Art of Fielding: A Novel
by Chad Harbach
Edition: Hardcover
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy or Steal THIS Book, December 29, 2011
I am devoted to writing, reading, and baseball with 'hands-on, professional' experience in all three, gained over 65 years. This book insults on each and every level. The writing is mediocre, then offensively forced. (Use the word "freshperson" again and we'll practice the 'art of hitting!') A frustratingly thin gruel of substance, character, and plot is combined with needless length. Finally, every elemental baseball aspect is thoroughly lame. The author makes his linchpin, the totally unbelievable, never-happens-on-any-real-serious-baseball-team idea that a player sits reading a book on the bench during the game and in line of a potential shortstop overthrow that smashes his face. By far the worst of countless moronic baseball b.s. in this book, it is deeply insulting to see 'baseball people' praising it. If the author read his own drek, and wanted to write about performance anxiety in baseball, etc. he should have made the title "The Art of Throwing." Henry can field, at least this baseball-dense writer keeps saying so, yet he misses his own plot point that the errant throw injuring Owen triggers the rest of the baseball plot. This renders the entire book worse than meaningless and genuinely irritating. Do not spend valuable time with this drivel. Finally, 'Aparicio Rodriguez' joins 'freshperson' in the hall of infamy and revealingly stupendous baseball stupidity. Luis Aparicio was a masterful shortstop. 'Rodriguez' conjurs up Alex Rodriguez, who was a poor shortstop before being moved to the much, much easier third base. Why care what in the hell this author intends or means?
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