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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316126670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316126670
  • ASIN: 0316126675
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Chad Harbach has hit a game-ender with The Art of Fielding. It's pure fun, easy to read, as if the other Fielding had a hand in it--as if Tom Jones were about baseball and college life."―John Irving

"An intricate, poised, tingling debut. Harbach's muscular prose breathes new life into the American past-time, recasts the personal worlds that orbit around it, and leaves you longing, lingering, and a baseball convert long after the last page."―Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

"The Novel of the Month Season Year.... Riveting...[The Art of Fielding] emerges fully formed, a world unto itself. Harbach writes with a tender, egoless virtuosity...There's just something so easy and riveting about the way this book's layers unfold; not since Lonesome Dove have I been so sorry to let a group of characters go."―Andres Corsello, GQ

"One of those rare novels - like Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh or John Irving's The World According to Garp - that seems to appear out of nowhere, and then dazzles and bewitches and inspires, until you nearly lose your breath from the enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as the unexpected news-blast that the novel is very much alive and well."―James Patterson

"Spectacular! The Art of Fielding is a wise, warm-hearted, self-assured, and fiercely readable debut, which heralds the coming of a young American writer to watch....You won't want this book to end."―Jonathan Evison

"When the best shortstop alive sounds believably like a Tibetan lama, and when a thrown ball striking a shovel head at dawn leaves your own head ringing with certainty that truth and friendship have triumphed, you know you're in the hands of a writer you can trust."―David James Duncan

"Not being a huge fan of the national pastime, I found it easy to resist the urge to pick up this novel, but once I did I gave myself over completely and scarcely paused for meals. Like all successful works of literature The Art of Fielding is an autonomous universe, much like the one we inhabit although somehow more vivid."―Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and How It Ended

"Beautifully made, surpassingly human, and quietly subversive, The Art of Fielding restores one's faith in the national pastime--i.e., reading and writing novels."―Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision

About the Author

Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He is a cofounder and coeditor of n+1.


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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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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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By Vlad Thelad TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 24 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are very good reasons to find The Art of Fielding a most endearing read, and quite a remarkable first novel. For any knowledgeable baseball fan the conflation of many great shortstops in the tangential, yet relevant, character of Aparicio Rodriguez, as well as the paragraphs describing the choreographies of the middle infield, fully justify giving The Art a chance. For American-lit fans, finding the references, explicit and veiled, to Melville and Moby Dick, also makes the book worth reading. Being more of a baseball fan than a Moby Dick one, I confess to enjoying it on both counts. This is a very recommendable book. As for being "the best of 2011," I humbly disagree with the New York Times.
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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: Hardcover
Really, I did.

I posted it on my private blog.

And then I read this review: 'I Call Foul on This Overhyped Book', October 13, 2011 By Michele Kingery

And for the first time ever, I felt embarrassed to publish a review.

So I haven't.

Go read hers. She said everything I should have/could have said.
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