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Shoeless Joe [Hardcover]

W. P. Kinsella
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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April 1982
"Wild...Romantic...Unconventional...A triumph of hope."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

The voice of a baseball announcer tells the Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella: "If you build it, he will come." "He" is Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ray's hero. "It" is a baseball stadium which Ray carves out of his cornfield. Like the movie FIELD OF DREAMS that was made from this novel, SHOELESS JOE is about baseball. But it's also about love and the power of dreams to make people come alive....


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W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, Field of Dreams. It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father. In Kinsella's hands, it's all about as simple, and complex, as the object of baseball itself: coming home. Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, 'Field of Dreams.' It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father. In Kinsella's hands, it's all about as simple, and complex, as the object of baseball itself: coming home. Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need." Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy about Baseball in Iowa April 28 2002
Format:Paperback
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella is an inspiring story of Ray Kinsella, a not-so-typical farmer from Iowa who just loves baseball. One day while he's out in his cornfield, he hears the voice of a baseball announcer say, "If you build it, he will come." Like a vision from a crystal ball, he realises and sees that "he" is Shoeless Joe Jackson, and "it" is a baseball field. Although he's called crazy by the rest of the town, his daughter and wife stand beside him. The voice, and Shoeless Joe keep him motivated as they lead him on a journey all across USA to fufill his dreams.
Shoeless Joe is a beautifully written story about going for your dreams, the American way, and remembering true values of life. It's a great book, and it's truly inspiring. I recommend you to BUY BUY BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition Aug. 2 2011
By Dano
Format:Hardcover
I was concerned about the condition of this book since it was an old first edition, but it was as described and arrived well packaged and on time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 5 2002
By Mike
Format:Paperback
The book itself is good overall and is a story that all baseball fans should read. This book is a reading level that 12 years of age and older could read, and when you do, you will get tied up in reading it all the time. At first when you start reading, you might think that it's a boring book, but you shouldn't stop because it gets better. The book starts off with Ray Kinsella, the main character, hearing a voice saying, "If you build it, he will come." This meant that if Ray built a baseball feild, Shoeless Joe Jackson would come. These words inspired him to do so, and he did.
The reason this book was appealing to me was because I am into baseball myself. I think anyone could enjoy this book, baseball fan or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure through a pastime Dec 4 2001
Format:Paperback
"If you build it he will come", an unfamiliar voice softly whispers in through the cornfield. These few words change Iowa farmer, Ray Kinsella's life. From minimal instruction Ray tears up a part of his precious corn crop on a hunch. In its place he builds a baseball field for his long dead idol. Shoeless Joe brings together the love a son has for his father, and the power of belief in a legend. The book also has a movie that was introduced in 1989, and it stars Kevin Costner. Although the movie definitely made history, the book brings a lot more things to the reader's attention. For example the movie never says anything about his long lost twin brother Richard, who left home early in life never to return until Ray builds the field. The wind like voices and the baseball field are on the beginning to the real adventure, and I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who wants to return to their pastime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoeless Joe Oct. 8 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book Shoeless Joe is the base for Field of Dreams. Shoeless Joe is a great book from him watching his father hood hero to him playing catch wiht his dad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and evocative Aug. 28 2001
By "pspa"
Format:Paperback
The prose may be over the top at times, but what a preposterously brilliant, creative book: can one even conceive there would be a book where two of the principal characters were JD Salinger and the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson? As absurd as the plot is on its face -- an Iowa farmer is ordered by a "voice" to build a ballfield so the tortured soul of Shoeless Joe Jackson can play once more -- we are gladly swept along in a willing suspension of disbelief, as this marvelous, mystical, beautifully told tale unfolds. As much as I loved the movie Field of Dreams, the book is much much better, and is a true work of literary imagination, not just a book about baseball, although it is that too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ORDER IT--IT WILL COME Aug. 16 2001
Format:Paperback
As an author with my debut novel in its initial release, I sincerely admire SHOELESS JOE by W.P. Kinsella. This novel was made into the famous film FIELD OF DREAMS, perhaps the greatest film about baseball (or was it about America?)ever made. I prefer SHOELESS JOE to FIELD OF DREAMS. I saw the film first, and when I read the book, I was impressed by the increased depth to SHOELESS JOE. The novel blends fantasy and reality in a story that is simple yet complex. It tells the tale of Ray Kinsella who plows down his crops because he hears a voice that tells him to. Shoeless Joe Jackson, his Black Sox teammates, Ray's father, and other athletes mystically arrive on this makeshift playing field. The reclusive (and we assume dreamer) J.D. Salinger also becomes involved in the plot. In SHOELESS JOE, W.P. Kinsella takes an inventive story line and uses it in support of the strongest of all possible themes. This novel is great. Order it--it will come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ORDER IT--IT WILL COME Aug. 16 2001
Format:Paperback
As an author with my debut novel in its initial release, I sincerely admire SHOELESS JOE by W.P. Kinsella. This novel was made into the famous film FIELD OF DREAMS, perhaps the greatest film about baseball (or was it about America?)ever made. I prefer SHOELESS JOE to FIELD OF DREAMS. I saw the film first, and when I read the book, I was impressed by the increased depth to SHOELESS JOE. The novel blends fantasy and reality in a story that is simple yet complex. It tells the tale of Ray Kinsella who plows down his crops because he hears a voice that tells him to. Shoeless Joe Jackson, his Black Sox teammates, Ray's father, and other athletes mystically arrive on this makeshift playing field. The reclusive (and we assume dreamer) J.D. Salinger also becomes involved in the plot. In SHOELESS JOE, W.P. Kinsella takes an inventive story line and uses it in support of the strongest of all possible themes. This novel is great. Order it--it will come.
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