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Worthy Subject But Surprisingly Poor Writing,
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This review is from: Stan Musial: An American Life (Hardcover)
I can't deny the book is gripping because Stan Musial's life story is a good one indeed. But I am really surprised to find Vecsey's writing so poor. He is full of facts, has done the research and interviews and he clearly relishes his subjects - both the man and the game. But his work is disjointed, full of redundancies and the language is dull and witless. Page 132 - They rushed to Penn Station to catch the overnight train to St. Louis, for their date with the Red Sox and Ted Williams." Then a page later on 134 - "That afternoon, in Brooklyn, the Cardinals had won the playoff against the Dodgers, and now they were en route to their appointment with the Red Sox." Many anecdotes are loose threads left hanging from the ratty fabric that is this book - and the reader is left wanting more detail, more continuity, more readability. I am guessing Vecsey is a fine columnist, comfortable with a page or two - maybe an essay. If this book is any evidence, he is not much of a storyteller. I appreciate his effort to raise Musial's profile to its deserved status. But in the end, I choose Roger Kahn any day.