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A False Spring Paperback – September 1, 2005
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"A painful memoir and self-analysis of a young, aspiring baseball player who failed to make the majors" (LJ 5/1/75), this book recounts Jordan's three years playing bush-league ball while trying to develop his skills in hopes of becoming a star. This "well written portrayal of baseball life and business" is for all sports and biography collections.
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What makes this book stand out from other such books is that Jordan is an extremely strong writer. Some of his landscape descriptions bring back Steinbeck and his tales of dankness Dreiser. He is very talented and I finished the book in about four days because of its easy flow.
The biggest disappointment was that many parts of the story are left unresolved. About halfway through the book he drops a major bomb after calling an old girlfriend and yet nothing more about it is ever mentioned. The ending too is sort of dropped on us, almost as though there is was another chapter that got cut off. I know this is a non-fiction book and sometimes real life is unresolved, but it seems as though there are parts left out. I only hope some of the answers are contained in his sequel to the book written almost 30 years later entitled "A Nice Tuesday".
Though I was never as talented or as sought after for my talents as the author, my favorite section is how Jordan recounts how he still likes to pitch, years after his career ended. But now he throws toward an unoccupied home plate in front of no one at local recreational fields. He talks about the way it makes him feel and he's correct. How many times have I done the same? With pitches, with free throws. In solitude. Too many times to count.
A great book. Easily one of the top 20 baseball books I've ever read.
It is honest, gut revealing, but this reader could not feel for the highly touted pitcher for the Braves' organization.His aloofness and indifference to others is so paramount that the reader cannot find a way to root for Jordan even at his lowest point in a Florida flop house with his wife crunching palmetto bugs.
True, Jordan bears his soul but there is barely an apology or regret. There seems to be no redemption.
I would have liked an epilogue which told us how he has evolved(if in fact he did). There is little to get uplifted about in this "classic" book.Maybe the idea is that the road was not worth taking.Or were the smallest details and moments of victory enough to justify those 3 years in the minors? I gave it 4 stars because it is one of the earliest and grittiest accounts of its nature.