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Baseball saves the world! Michael Chabon hits a Grand Slam!
on February 4, 2003
Imagine "the idea of the fate of the universe coming down to the bottom of the ninth" (p.450, Coyote). Wouldn't it be something if the conflicts of the world could be resolved through a good game of baseball? They want the West Bank? Don't bomb innocent civilians! Simply send Mr. Arafat up to the plate! Sadam? Osama? Just strike `em out, President Bush! Wishful thinking? Perhaps. Yet, Michael Chabon created such a reality in the magical, fantastical SUMMERLAND.
I first became interested in this book while reading a magazine article in the waiting room of my doctor's office. The article discussed how many adult fiction writers have followed J.K. Rowling's lead and started writing novels geared to the pre-adolescent and adolescent age group. SUMMERLAND caught my attention because I was, at that time, reading some of his other work and I thought it would be interesting to see how Mr. Chabon made the transition to the new genre. More importantly, I saw that the book's theme revolved around baseball which is my passion. What a I discovered was a wonderful book for a baseball-a-holic/fantasy-fiction lover suffering from suffering from severe WBWS - "Winter Baseball Withdrawal Syndrome"!
This is the story of 11-year-old Ethan Feld, a mediocre ball-player at best, who was chosen to use his skills and determination to prevent the end of the world. He is joined in his adventures by some amazing characters - from friends from home to werefoxes, ferishers, giants and a Sasquatch - in his quest to defeat the satanic Coyote and his destructive Rade.
Although any lover of fantasy should consider reading this, an appreciation of baseball would probably be helpful. I hope to see this in movie theaters - it would translate really well on the big screen if it is done right