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"Mr. Harris' vernacular novel . . . is very alive and funny and does not suffer from being in anyone's shadow."-J. P Sisk, Commonweal
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"Provoke[s] the sort of laughter that a grown man needn't be ashamed of, and that, as current fiction goes, is saying a great deal. The story is . . . deftly and divertingly told."—Donald Malcolm, New Republic
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Mark Harris (1922-2007).
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Product Details

  • Series: Bison Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (April 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803272243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803272248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Ticket for a Seamstitch" is beautiful & sage beyond measure, one of the finest long novellas (or very short novels) written in English last century. Just a little baseball, really. The Southpaw goes 15-2 at the beginning of the 1956 season, but this book is a tour de force for Henry "Author" Wiggens, human being, & a plain mysterious young woman from the West. Mark Harris can write about the qualities of straightness & decency with abiding grace. Praise to the University of Nebraska Press (Bison Books) for keeping this & other Harris tales in print.
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The third novel of four in the series, coming on the heels of the beautiful, but sad Bang the Drum Slowly. A Ticket for a Seamstich is lighter, more fun, and very well crafted. It's also another addition to the Henry Wiggins story. It's a short book, and blends two stories that occur simultaneously, in a shorter span of time than the previous books. But, that short length does not make it a lesser edition. A great baseball book, but extensive baseball knowledge is not required. The preface is an out-of-the-blue rant by Harris about lesser writing. Then, the book demonstrates superior writing. I have to admit the preface has stuck with me. I'm a more critical reader.
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This novella is the weakest of Mark Harris's Henry Wiggens books. It is to be read by those who have to read everything in the series but compared to The Southpaw and Bang the Drum Slowly it comes up short. Weak in plot and in inventivness but strong in sugar.
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By A Customer on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Novel was ok but what the heck was that preface in the front of the book???? Crazy ramblings about writing and nothing whatsoever to do with the novel. I guess they needed filler to make the book a little thicker
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