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At Westish College a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course the fates of five The Art PDF people are upended Henry's fight against self doubt threatens to ruin his future College president Guert Affenlight a longtime bachelor has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in l People love to talk about the great books that aren t good reads There s also the crap that people call beach reads but gobble up without taking seriously But The Art of Fielding falls under a third category A book I didn t like so much that I wanted to keep reading itI wanted to like it I did I like books that take place in college I like baseball I like baseball metaphors even but it felt like a book that took 10 years to write and not in a good way Characters that I imagine Harbach struggled with felt like he struggled with them and instead of dealing with it he just left them hanging He built up Henry and then had him fall apart so very uickly to such extremes AND THEN spoiler for no clear reason he makes amends though I guess the extent of the amends is debatable I think what bothered me the most though was that this felt like a Tom Wolfe novel the most obvious is I Am Charlotte Simmons but instead of creating complicated characters who have to deal with the conseuences of their actions or characters who don t deserve the abundance of good luck that comes their way and know it his characters are so one dimensional that as much as I wanted to care about them I couldn t There s a benefit to realism but if you don t create the real yet exciting or at least compelling characters to go with why read it I m not sure why I wanted to keep reading it Maybe it was in order to respond to people who sing its praises Maybe it was to be justified in my dislike Regardless I propose a new genre of reading anger reading better name suggestions welcome

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The Art of Fielding

These five are forced to confront their deepest hopes anxieties and secrets In the process they forge new bonds and help one another find their true paths Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth The Art of Fielding is an expansive warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits about family and friendship and love and about commitment to oneself and to others I m from Wisconsin This book takes place in Wisconsin I love baseball This book is about a baseball team from a fictitious Wisconsin college Westish which seems like a mix of Ripon and Lawrence I love that fictitious name by the way I love that school s absurd tie to Herman Melville as well and its funny Melville related sports handle The Harpooners In a lot of ways this book is as tailor made for me as a sharp ground ball is to a shortstop eager to make a 6 4 3 double play It s not surprising that I think that mostly this book is very good or as they say in Wisconsin where modesty is king pretty good But there are flaws as one might expect with a first novel There are also pet peeves that I have about coming of age college located novels that this book brings to the foreHere s the good news In plain precise prose Chad Harbach tells a big hearted story about five people four young and one old trying to find fulfillment and sometimes love in a tiny Midwestern college town The story is well plotted and carefully thought out Mr Harbach clearly knows how to write He s read Moby Dick many times no doubt I ve only read it twice and essentially turns Melville s ship of men into a baseball team If you like Moby Dick you ll probably like this testosterone laden book If you don t you probably will hate it or maybe even likely just be boredThere are some slightly sour elements in this book related to my pet peeves Like almost all college located novels this one seems to assume that colleges are all about the humanities That s simply not believable Less than 10 percent of people major in the humanities at most schools even liberal arts colleges in Wisconsin The age of the prominent English professor ended about 30 years ago he or she doesn t matter any Also this book plays both light and earnest with a sexual relationship between a faculty member and a college student I found that relationship to be creepy there was nothing funny or uplifting about it that s for certain Like many good first novels this one starts with a bang The two main characters and their bond are established within the first twenty pages Also like many good first novels the author doesn t uite know how to end his story and has use a how convenient for the author event to pull the plug There are many times when characters are moved like marionettes for plot purposes and you can see the strings But then there is the fun word play especially with the names of characters and places and the amusing antics of the characters that make up for the first novel clumsiness The Art of Fielding is mostly a fun read droll and often light hearted The language is crisp If I scored this novel as a baseball game I d say that it was mostly well played It had a couple of bizarre errors but the teams showed a lot of hustle the pitchers were intelligent there were a couple of home runs and it was fun to watch If you re a fan of good writing and baseball you ll likely get your money s worth

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Ove Owen Dunne Henry's gay roommate and teammate becomes caught up in a dangerous affair Mike Schwartz the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own And Pella Affenlight Guert's daughter returns to Westish after escaping an ill fated marriage determined to start a new life As the season counts down to its climactic final game I loved this book I suppose it s appropriate that I start off my review like a fanWhile reading it I couldn t help but reflect upon and compare this novel to The Marriage Plot Both are about college aged kids though set in different decades mental illness is an element in both and while the love triangle in the Jeffrey Eugenides novel is paramount the one here which is sort of though not really a love triangle is subtle and realistically portrayed I almost want to say that excepting the baseball this is the book Eugenides wanted to write Literature is prominent in both but here it has a lighter touch less pretentious one might say There s also a beautifully written lyrical passage in the Harbach that reminded me of my favorite passage in Eugenides Middlesex Though I ve read Moby Dick it s been awhile and I m sure I missed some of the references to it in this novel set in a fictional Wisconsin college where Melville is important to its existence One section in the Harbach evoked at least for me EM Forster s MauriceThe fictional the book within the book The Art of Fielding evokes Ted Williams The Science of Hitting The fictional author of the book within this book is Aparicio Rodriuez whose name evokes that of the great shortstop Luis Aparicio Though it s not said I imagined the baseball loving Rodriuez parents naming their child after Luis Also Henry s chasing of the college record held by Rodriguez for consecutive games without an error recalls the chasing of Robin Ventura s college hitting streak by Garrett Wittels a couple of seasons agoBut forget all the comparisons This book stands on its own merits It is intelligent engaging and wry It is a world unto itself as most great books are The characters go on living beyond the page the story went places unforeseen and I didn t want it to end Baseball being a major plotmetaphortheme and the way Harbach wrote about it made it all that much richer for me


10 thoughts on “The Art of Fielding

  1. says:

    Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding is 23rds strong but maybe 100 pages too long You know that weird paradox you feel when you like a book but kind of wish it was over I felt that around oh page 350 of The Art of Fielding So while I can recommend the novel with reservations I can't make the four star leapThe storyline revolves around five characters and readers shouldn't be misled into thinking as the inside cover description seems

  2. says:

    People love to talk about the great books that aren't good reads There's also the crap that people call beach reads but gobble up without taking seriously But The Art of Fielding falls under a third category A book I didn't

  3. says:

    I’ve been in a bit of a book slump I started and stopped three books before beginning this one I picked it up solely because it is so different from what I have been reading ScoreIt took a little while for me to become en

  4. says:

    I loved this book I suppose it's appropriate that I start off my review like a fanWhile reading it I couldn't help but reflect upon and compare this novel to The Marriage Plot Both are about college aged kids though set in different decades; m

  5. says:

    Man I really didn't want to like this book And here uickly are the reasons why Number 1 Pure jealousy Harbach got paid like a bajillion dollars for his very first novel I was paid slightly less than that Okay a l

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    UNBELIEVABLE Haven't been this moved by reading in a long timeBaseball is without a doubt kinda sorta um dull But with near perfect actually perfect than near perfect The Art of Fielding the passion in the hearts of five individuals will likewise light a passion within the impressionable reader I am not kidding I LOVE this novel I was convinced that The Marriage Plot a kindred book same time same themes same environmen

  7. says:

    I have stood there with my knees bent on the balls of my feet I have watched the signs and where the catcher sets up I have known with some sense of probability if my pitcher can throw the ball where the glove is set I have watched the hitter's swing listened to the sound I have intuited So I have moved left or right back or in often before the ball leaves the bat before life if you will comes my way Another example of h

  8. says:

    I'm from Wisconsin This book takes place in Wisconsin I love baseball This book is about a baseball team from a fictitious Wisconsin college Westish which seems like a mix of Ripon and Lawrence I love that fictitious name by the way I love that school's absurd tie to Herman Melville as well and its funny Melville related sports handle The Harpooners In a lot of ways this book is as tailor made for me as a sharp ground ball is to a shorts

  9. says:

    mild spoilers100 pages in and the author has already twice withheld information from the reader which would be apparent to the character Is there a name for thisThe first time it's dialogue overheard by a character dialogue which the reader is meant to mistake for sex when in fact it's two people lifting weights But the character

  10. says:

    As a HUGE fan of the game I really enjoyed this baseball themed novel centering around Henry Skrimshanderhis glove named Zero and his desire to be the bestto someday play Shortstop for the STL CARDINALSBut this story surprised methere's so much to it than just baseballWithout divulging any secrets I'll just saythe novel intertwines friendships and relationships among five flawed characters who struggle to find their way in life

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