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The Art of Fielding: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Chad Harbach

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Title:The Art of Fielding: A Novel
Authors:Chad Harbach
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2011), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 528 pages
Collections:Classics & Literature, Your library
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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011)

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this was such a great read. an experience like reading this book is why i read. it's like that great wave you catch or that great drive you hit in golf that keeps you coming back. i'm a bit jealous because of all the publicity that this book got (he was first time author and sold it for a gob of money) because i want to be like chad, but if i'd paid $100 for this i'd have said it was worth it.

it's just a great story and it moved so well.

nice work, chad. ( )
  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
A real joy to read. I really flew through this thing. It's true, you don't have to like baseball, but it's better if you do. Could be a great movie. A lot of great analogies between baseball and life. ( )
  bpeters65 | Jul 16, 2016 |
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book as I didn't know what to expect when it comes to a sports story. I opted for the audio book and I'm glad I did. I was transported to a small Wisconsin college called Westish, a DIII college. Henry is the main character. He lives and breathes baseball and can't imagine doing anything else. He always seems a little down throughout the entire story. The reader helps with this with Henry's "voice."

Mike Schwartz is a year ahead of Henry and convinces the coach to recruit him. Then Schwartz takes Henry under his wing and coaches him throughout college, building his strength up and working to improve Henry's skills because he sees something in Henry and so do the scouts.

Then there is Henry's gay black roommate who I adored. He made me smile as he sat in the dugout reading with his reading light strapped to his hat. There is also The president of this small college and his daughter Pella. All of them are affected by the one incident that totally derails Henry.

I work in sports and just ran the press box for the DIII Soccer championships for the men and women. It was interesting to watch and interesting to interact with the players and coaches as I was setting up interviews for the media. I think that, and my love for baseball made this book a little more special for me. But I don't think you have to know anything about baseball to like this book. This book is also about heart, character and love. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Great book. Highly recommended, especially if you love PLAYING baseball. ( )
  richardross79 | Jun 1, 2016 |
This book was a very slow read for me! There were parts of the book that I enjoyed but mostly I just wanted it to end. This novel was not only about baseball but also a coming of age novel 5hat took place in a small college town in Wisconsin. ( )
  teeth | Apr 24, 2016 |
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The book is a throwback to a bygone, if not universally mourned era when charismatic white male novelists wrote intelligent bestsellers, and one senses that it is intentionally so....It is a work of stridently unexperimental psychological realism, featuring likeable characters with cute nicknames, dramatic events that change people’s lives, easily identified and fully consummated narrative arcs, transparently conversational prose and big, obvious metaphors.

 
Wie aan dit boek begint, wordt een wereld binnengezogen waaruit je niet meer kunt en wilt ontsnappen.
Naast honkbalroman, bildungsroman en campusroman zou je De kunst van het veldspel ook een Melvilleroman kunnen noemen. Zonder dat het hinderlijk wordt (zelfs als je ze allemaal zou opmerken, wat geen lezer zich verbeelde), stikt het boek van de verwijzingen naar met name Moby Dick.
Dit klinkt als gewichtigdoenerij, maar maakt gewoon deel uit van de spitsvondige speelsheid die dit hele boek kenmerkt. De kunst van het veldspel is een jongensboek voor jongens en meisjes van alle leeftijden.
added by sneuper | editde Volkskrant, Hans Bouman (Jan 28, 2012)
 
Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding cross-breeds two genres with limited gene pools, the baseball novel and the campus novel, and comes up with a vigorous hybrid, entertaining and engrossing, though almost absurdly high-minded.
added by zhejw | editThe Guardian, Adam Mars-Jones (Jan 28, 2012)
 
It's easy to see why The Art of Fielding has done so well: it is charming, warm-hearted, addictive, and very hard to dislike....

The Art of Fielding feels like a novel from another, more innocent age. It revels in themes that have been unfashionable in literary fiction for generations – team spirit, male friendship, making the best of one's talents. In its optimism and lack of cynicism, in its celebration of the wide open spaces of the Midwest and its confidence in the deep inner meaning of baseball, it is a big American novel of the old school....

...it creates a richly peopled world that you can fully inhabit in your mind, and to which you long to return when you put it down.
added by zhejw | editThe Guardian, Theo Tait (Jan 12, 2012)
 
Centering on an imaginary northern Wisconsin private school and its baseball star-in-the-making Henry Skrimshander, Harbach sidesteps much of the familiar mythmaking that can go along with spinning the American pastime into literature and instead delivers a rich, warmly human story that resonates even if you have no idea what a 6-4-3 double play looks like.
added by zhejw | editLos Angeles Times, Chris Barton (Oct 16, 2011)
 

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So be cheery, my lads
Let your hearts never fall
While the bold Harpooner
Is striking the ball.

--Westish College fight song
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For my family
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Schwartz didn't notice the kid during the game.
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Literature could turn you into an asshole; he'd learned that teaching grad-school seminars.  It could teach you to treat real people the way you did characters, as instruments of your own intellectual pleasure, cadavers on which to practice your critical faculties.
Talking was like throwing a baseball.  You couldn't plan it out beforehand.  You just had to let go and see what happened.  You had to throw out words without knowing whether anyone would catch them--you and to throw out words you knew no one would catch. You had to send your words out where they weren't yours anymore.  It felt better to talk with a ball in your hand, it felt better to let the ball do the talking.  But the world, the nonbaseball world, the world of love and sex and jobs and friends, was made of words.
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Au Wetish College , petite université sur les rives du lac Michigan , Henry Skrimshander est devenu une véritable star du baseball: il conclut tous ses matches par un sans-faute . Jusqu'au jour où il rate un lancer facile . Son destin ainsi que celui de quatre personnes vont alors prendre un tour décisif.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316126691, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Though The Art of Fielding is his fiction debut, Chad Harbach writes with the self-assurance of a seasoned novelist. He exercises a masterful precision over the language and pacing of his narrative, and in some 500 pages, there's rarely a word that feels out of place. The title is a reference to baseball, but Harbach's concern with sports is more than just a cheap metaphor. The Art of Fielding explores relationships--between friends, family, and lovers--and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There's an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion. The Art of Fielding is somehow both confident and intimate, simple yet deeply moving. Harbach has penned one of the year's finest works of fiction.--Kevin Nguyen

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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 people are upended."--from publisher's description.… (more)

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