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Shoeless Joe (W.P. Kinsella Baseball Collection) Kindle Edition
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W.P. Kinsella has been called a great writer of baseball novels but this title transcends that description. Kinsella doesn't merely treat baseball as a subject in and of itself; instead, he uses it as a metaphor to discuss larger issues such as innocence, belief, and perhaps above all of these things, America. Shoeless Joe is a parable about one of the most fundamental American ideals: beginning anew.
By plowing up a large section of his farmland, Ray Kinsella is both building and rebuilding, creating what has never been as well as re-creating in a sense what had come before. The land had been a place where past sins could be expunged and a new vision realized. It is exactly this sort of renewal that Kinsella's quixotic creation brings about. Most importantly, this is a story about renewal and redress of trauma and sins of the past.
Shoeless Joe is #47 on the Sports Illustrated Greatest 100 Sports books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Canadian author W.P. Kinsella was born in 1935 on a farm in Northern Alberta and did not receive his B.A. in creative writing until he was thirty-nine. Before that, Kinsella held a series of odd jobs including working as a taxi driver, selling insurance, and managing a restaurant. While he began writing short fiction at seventeen, Kinsella did not see publication until 1979 with his work Dance Me Outside. He became a sensation in 1982 with Shoeless Joe, a novel about an Iowa man who digs up part of his cornfield in order to build a baseball field. This novel was an elaboration of his short story, "Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa," which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and was made into the popular film Field of Dreams in 1989.
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- ASIN : B00514IHIW
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (January 9, 2014)
- Publication date : January 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1314 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0395957737
- Lending : Not Enabled
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I was not disappointed. The book possesses all the whimsy of the movie and then some, a kind of magical realism with a light touch. In this story, baseball is more than a sport, and the main character, Ray Kinsella is more than a fan. The sport symbolizes an idealized and simpler time, but Ray’s farm and family, the land and his sense of belonging, are a large part of the story too.
Ray has more or less floated through life, with a sense more of wide-eyed confusion that discontent. He loves his wife and child, and finds peace on the farm, but his situation is not stable. The farm is bleeding money, and he’s at risk of losing it all. The rapid pace of technology and of big corporate interests threaten to take over the farm, to tear down the farm house he calls home, and replace it with a cinder block, computerized command center, making his precious plot a part of a much larger agribusiness.
Ray’s worries are overshadowed not only by this threat, but by memories of his deceased father and their unresolved relationship. His father led a hard and unhappy life, except for a brief time in his youth when he followed his dream to play professional baseball.
All these threads are brought together with eclectic fellow travelers (more than in the movie—Ray’s twin brother, who works as a carnival barker, the old man who sold Ray the farm, who claims to be the oldest living Chicago Cub). But what really separates the book from the movie is the writing. The story is told with such rich and evocative language (although occasionally a bit over the top), that reading this wonderful novel feels like waltzing through a dream.
As usual with things like this, there were aspects of each (the book and the movie) that I liked better in one or the other. For example, the book presented the experience of being at the ball field as something much richer than we saw in the movie. By contrast, I liked the interplay between Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones in the movie more than that of their corresponding characters in the book.
In the end, though, while I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, I wasn't left with the same feeling of having been affected by it as with the movie. I found the conclusion of the movie more satisfying that the way the book closed. But, in all fairness, I wonder how much of that was because I saw the movie first. Go ahead and read it - it's a good read.
Top reviews from other countries
If you haven't seen the film - where have you been !!
This book was made into the film " A Field Of Dreams"
The book differs very slightly from the film and gives the reader a more in depth insight into life's of the people portrayed and of the Dreams and Hopes
Worth a read