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The Art of Fielding: A Novel Hardcover – Sep 7 2011


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Sept. 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316126691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316126694
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PV on Jan. 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
Never trust the blurbs on a book's dust jacket, that's my take-away after reading The Art of Fielding. The characters in this book are extremely cliched and two-dimensional and as a result, I couldn't care less what happens to them in the book. The plot is both unrealistic but also predictable and cliched. The dialogue....wow.....NOBODY in college talks like this. One character, Rick O'Shea, says "bleepity bleep bleep" instead of swearing and freshmen are referred to as "freshpersons" throughout the book and it gets very grating. Everything about the book is grating. I really don't understand how this one received almost unanimous critical acclaim
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Schuller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23 2014
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Had to read this for our book club. I disliked nearly everything about the book. There was no central storyline. There were 5 protagonists instead of one or two, poorly written (he jumps all over the place and there were numerous superfluous segments throughout). Definitely not recommended. I will never read another book by this person.
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By Spin Junkie on June 6 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, couldn't put it down and when I did, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I cared about the characters and their lives. Will read it again down the road I'm sure!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is so much more than "about baseball," but it also raises baseball to a level that I've never considered before. I hope it's not long for his next book.
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Format: Paperback
Pas besoin d'être un amateur de sport pour apprécier ce roman. L'auteur propose des personnages diversifiés qui soulèvent des thématiques variées (sexualité, paternité, monomanie, etc.). L'intrigue est soutenue tout au long du roman avec quelques points culminants plutôt efficaces.

No need to be a sports fan to appreciate this novel. The author offers diverse characters that raise various themes (sexuality, fatherhood, monomania, etc.). The variety of narrative points of view on events makes the plot steady throughout the novel with some rather effective climaxes.
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