- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316126670
- ISBN-13: 978-0316126670
- ASIN: 0316126675
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,257 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of those rare novels - like Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh or John Irving's The World According to Garp - that seems to appear out of nowhere, and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires, until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as the unexpected news-blast that the novel is very much alive and well."―James Patterson
"Spectacular! The Art of Fielding is a wise, warm-hearted, self-assured, and fiercely readable debut, which heralds the coming of a young American writer to watch....You won't want this book to end."―Jonathan Evison
"When the best shortstop alive sounds believably like a Tibetan lama, and when a thrown ball striking a shovel head at dawn leaves your own head ringing with certainty that truth and friendship have triumphed, you know you're in the hands of a writer you can trust."―David James Duncan
"Not being a huge fan of the national pastime, I found it easy to resist the urge to pick up this novel, but once I did I gave myself over completely and scarcely paused for meals. Like all successful works of literature The Art of Fielding is an autonomous universe, much like the one we inhabit although somehow more vivid."―Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and How It Ended
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About the Author
Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He is a cofounder and coeditor of n+1.
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Ultimately, though, I found the plot unconvincing and the characters unnatural. People just do not behave the way the characters in the book behave. It doesn't happen. I won't spoil it for you, if you are actually interested in reading the book, by detailing the ways in which the characters are skewed. But they are.
Beyond that, some of the plot elements are trite in the extreme, and the foreshadowing is more like that blinking neon light on an airplane directing you to the exit.
Another reviewer says it doesn't stand up to baseball books like The Natural. I'd add Bang the Drum Slowly to that list.
Overall, a well developed story, only somewhat slightly implausible. Because it's about baseball ( as am I) it gets 4 stars instead of 3.
Three stars, but I wish it was more.
By the way, "Brittle Innings" is a brilliant book about baseball that has only recently been rereleased. It is well worth your time to check out.
But, also in telling a coworker the plot, I felt like she looked at me like a questioning dog with head cocked at an angle, just not finding the hook that she'd need to read this book in particular.
That said, I just really liked it. I liked all the characters. I liked the setting. Yeah, sure, some of the twists might be unbelievable or as someone said "oh, no, you didn't just go there," I was happy reading it. Some of these characters will stay with me. The wording, timing, twists, all made sense to me and I bought into all of it.
I am recommending it to my friends who read. I'll see what they think. But, to me, it matters not since I really, really liked this book.