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Even if I wasn't a baseball fan, I would have loved this book. It's about talent, ambition, consequences, confidence, friendship, arrogance, doubt, and so much more.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
As a Brit with no knowledge of Baseball I was a little sceptical about this book but having read some great reviews in the UK press I wanted to give it a try. I am a great fan of American Literature and I find that having a great narrator really makes or breaks a book for me, in this book Holter Graham is spot on for me.
I love the way Harbach is able to wind his way around life drawing us into the characters and through this thread in the baseball elements and make is so very readable/listenable. It reminds me a lot of John Irving (of whom I am big fan) and that is a great plus.
I liked the suspense Harbach uses in some key moments and didn't myself find this too contrived - don't want to add any spoilers so you'll have to listen to the book to find out how the plot unravels and the story ends.
I loved some of the names of the characters too - Henry Scrimshander, Guert Affenlight, Chef Spirodocus, Pella etc, very inventive.
All in all, a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed!
This book will be a classic a great listen a book you will go back to time and time again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book even though I knew nothing about baseball and wasn't interested in it. It is a story of what can happen when one realises personal greatness but how inexperience and naivety can impede its progression. The characters are very real and the human stories both tragic and believable. There are many people's individual lives here which all implicate on each other. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I would recommend trying it.
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