- Series: Plume
- Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452254434
- ISBN-13: 978-0452254435
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,653,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To Absent Friends (Plume) Paperback – September 1, 1983
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I have a personal reason for loving this book (my dad is in it.) Aside from that, Absent Friends is a priceless eulogy for many of the 20th century's most interesting sports characters by one of the country's best newspaper writers. Ever.
I had never heard of Red Smith until this book was strongly recommended me to a writer I admire, and I'm glad that I was urged in its direction, as Smith's writing is crisply descriptive, often funny, and always emotionally true. He writes sentences like this: "Lefty Grove, who threw bullets past Ruth and Gehrig and the rest, stood six-foot-three and wore an expression of sulky anger stuck on top of a long, thin neck." Some of his best writing here is in tribute to his deceased colleagues, such as this: "To say Damon Runyon's death is a loss to his craft would be like saying breathing under water is inconvenient [...] Runyon could do things with the alphabet that made a fellow want to throw his typewriter away and go dig coal for a living.Read more ›