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Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale of love and the power of dreams to make people come alive.
“Shoeless Joe” is the great Joe Jackson, one of the eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were banned from baseball for throwing the World Series. One day, while out in his corn field, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the voice of a baseball announcer saying, “If you build it, he will come.” “He,” of course, is Ray's hero, Joe Jackson. “It” is a baseball stadium, which Ray carves out of his corn field.
©1982 W. P. Kinsella (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“Wild...romantic...unconventional....A triumph of hope.” ( Boston Globe)
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By JakeVooDooAmazon Customer on 12-01-11

Great Story, won't be disapointed!

If you love the movie, you will love the book. Book offers more insight on who the characters are and you can see why they were cut from the movie. It is like watching the expanded directors cut of the movie. Who doesn't want Field of Dreams to last another hour with good content?

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By Henry Jenkins on 03-15-15

A thoroughly American novel

The book is less streamlined than Field of Dreams - there's at least 1.5 times as much story here - and a lot of the stuff that didn't make the script is cut from the same cloth. It's thoroughly American, spiritual and unapologetically sentimental. Kinsella came up with all of the scenes you love if you love the movie. It's all his story. The only things I'd criticize is that it reads like he made it up as he went along, and that's especially apparent when it contradicts itself in one very important element of its mythology (what lies beyond the cornfield). It also wants the reader to respect baseball as a religion while showing an ugly contempt for other people's beliefs.

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