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Calico Joe: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

John Grisham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Praise for CALICO JOE: 'There is much to admire here, from the flinty depiction of the father-son relationship to the vivid sporting action' John Dugdale, Sunday Times Culture 'Calico Joe is a typical virtuoso display of Grisham's natural story-telling skills. A superbly written book' Sunday Express 'An enjoyable, heartwarming read that's not just for baseball fans' USA Today

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“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post
 
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.
 
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“An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today
 
“Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News
 
“[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1320 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144474464X
  • Publisher: Dell (April 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067AN0VI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this novel...since i know mr grisham's work and know the sport of baseball like no other. Here we are back in the times of old when baseball was actually broadcast on one of the three main networks,saturday afternoon's on nbc,with joe garagiola and chevy tv ads(though these remembrances are missing from the novel). It is a short and whimsical novel...when Grisham writes these sports novels,like playing for pizza in parma...we have a novella more than a full fleshed novel. I have given this effort a 4 out of 5...since i enjoy a novelist going into different terrain...and here away from the law offices his mind is going into and expanding the frontiers of the sports world...bring his knowledge of the legal world and the characters he has drawn from years in that world...to the world of sports. Mr Grisham is interesting a she tells us in the legal world of the innocent,people usually caught in the legal system,and the jungles of society,largely unprotected and how often the large legal firms are more interested in making the big bucks...but somewhere there is always a someone out there,unplanned almost random,who cares enough to protect the innocent...since they deserve a fair hearing...this decency always breaks through in the authorial voice...and here we have the characters of paul..the dad...and calico joe. What if ound interesting is the character of calico joe..paul and the dad never make their way into our hearts...they are characters who haunt our sports world who dont belong in sports...like the tale grisham tells of tony kubec being maimed with a ball in the throat cutting short a promising career...calico joe is himself a target of the beamball,,,and is a target in so many ways...the malice of the human heart aimed his way for no apparent reason... Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Of Forgiveness and Reconciliation May 5 2012
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." -- Luke 6:37 (NKJV)

Much baseball fiction is all wrapped up in the kind of juvenile fantasies that grown men continue to indulge. I admire John Grisham for going against the grain and looking at baseball through the lens of what can be wrong about baseball: self-centered players, abuse, sexual infidelity, cruelty, envy, and lying. Rather than just portraying that dark side, Mr. Grisham also exposes the possibility of receiving forgiveness, being reconciled to those who have been harmed, and finding peace. It's a nice ethical journey carried out amid some pretty exciting baseball writing that is soundly based.

Despite my admiration for Mr. Grisham's conception, I didn't feel that he carried it off nearly as well as he needed to. The rise of Calico Joe in the book's beginning is so far beyond possibility that reading those sections makes you feel that Mr. Grisham was just entertaining himself rather than trying to build the best possible story. A less over-the-top biography for Calico Joe would have worked a lot better, in my opinion. The fable-like quality led me to feel outside the story, rather than inside it with the characters.

The dark side of the story also seemed overdrawn. It's as though only absolute perfect white and the blackest black would satisfy readers. That's not giving readers enough credit. What about writing about real human beings of the kind we've all met? That would bring the message home much more than having such an extreme contrast.

I also found that the book lacked suspense. I didn't feel the tension build very much because what came next was kept quite predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort April 24 2012
By Murph
Format:Hardcover
Lets get this out of the way. There is not a shred of legal jargon in this book. So if you're looking for your John Grisham legal fix, you won't find it here. Calico Joe is however a very solid story. Definitely not a thriller by any stretch of the word, but a very solid effort by a man that knows how to let a story unravel. Paul Tracey, our main character, is a middle aged man who has come to terms with the fact that he doesn't have a relationship with his father, and that's okay with him. What isn't okay with him, is that his father had done something to hurt his childhood idol.

Although Paul Tracey comes off as one of the least interesting main characters I have ever absorbed myself into, Grisham does a good job of surround him with a few very interesting characters that make this book enjoyable. My personal favourite of the supporting cast, Mr. Clarence Rook whom is the proclaimed town historian of Calico Rock, does a fine job of keeping the book interesting through the middle book when you could have probably fallen asleep with all the background information.

Don't get me wrong, this book is a definite read, but it definitely falls short of a classic. In the end if feels more like a Sunday night rent-a-movie story. If they had a three and half star rating that would probably suit this book better, but as Grisham does work his magic and make the most of this story I'll go ahead and give it a four.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fathers, sons and the greatest game April 13 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
John Grisham is one of the most recognizable names in fiction today. He is well known for his legal thrillers, but has also written a number of novels outside of that genre. His latest - Calico Joe - fall into that category.

Paul Tracey gets a call one day - Warren, the father he hasn't seen in years, is dying. Paul's reaction? "After a few minutes, I admit the truth - life without Warren will be the same as life with him."

But this call does stir up old hurts, memories and unfinished business. We're taken back to Paul's childhood for the beginning of the tale. Warren made it to the big leagues - he was a pitcher for the Mets in 1973. He was also a womanizer, a hard drinker, a man with a temper and a man with a family who was happy to not have him home. Paul loved baseball as well. He played himself and could cite the stats on any team. When a young phenom named Joe from Calico Rock, Arkansas is called up to play for the Cubs, he takes the country (and young Paul) by storm. Never before has there been such a player. And then the Mets and the Cubs face off...

Yes, Calico Joe is a sports story, but it's much more than that. It's the story of a father and son and redemption. I played ball when I was younger, so the sports stats didn't throw me at all and won't detract from the story for non sports readers. They really set the scene for the emotional strings that Grisham deftly pulls as he carefully builds the story of Calico Joe, young Paul and his father.

Calico Joe is listed as a novel, but I thought of it more as story telling. I could picture myself listening to this one over the radio in days gone by or sitting listening to a retired player sharing a tale from the old days. As one character in the book says "But it doesn't matter: he loves to talk and tell stories....I am delighted to be here and happy to listen."

As was I. A one sitting read and another home run from Grisham.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three & a half stars
I'm not one for legal thrillers so I eagerly picked up this novel as I've always wanted to read a Grisham. The book was short; it had a plain, yet somewhat heart-warming message. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Raft
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read that was difficult to put down until finished.
Published 7 months ago by Donald G. McKay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written and good story.
Published 8 months ago by Belleinthebush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. arrived fast as expected
Great book.arrived fast as expected.
Published 8 months ago by June
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time.
I didn't realize that the entire book was about the statistics of Baseball, rather than an intriguing novel. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Wiley
4.0 out of 5 stars O.K.
Was not one of my favorite John Grisham books, but still enjoyed it.
This kind of book is more for sports fans I would imagine. Still enjoyable though.
Published 15 months ago by corry erdmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak for Grisham
Not one of his better books. Feels like a production novel to crank out another one. An easy light holiday read.
Published 21 months ago by lenny prune
4.0 out of 5 stars fun to read
This was an enjoyable easy to read book.
Perhaps a bit to easy to read.
I am looking forward to my next Grisham book
Published 22 months ago by adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been wanting this for so long
Ever since I was a kid growing up in a 5000 watt radio station I have wanted to learn to read. This book unlocked the literate in me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Baggs McJungle
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story told well
A book that will be enjoyed by baseball fans as well as readers that appreciate a well constructed narrative. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Barry Munholland
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