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The Thrill of the Grass Paperback – Apr 14 2009
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About the Author
W.P. Kinsella is the author of the award-winning novel Shoeless Joe, which was made into the film Field of Dreams. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and of the Order of British Columbia in 2005.
Top Customer Reviews
Although all of the stories in THE THRILL OF THE GRASS are set against a backdrop of baseball, only some of them are really "about" baseball per se. Instead, these stories concern themselves with the players and their personal lives and how their lives and the decisions they make are influenced by baseball. I think Kinsella made a wise choice to concentrate on the players more than the game (at least in most of the stories) because, ultimately, people want to read about people, not ideas.
The stories in THE THRILL OF THE GRASS aren't related, except that each centers around the game of baseball, all of the narrators are men and many of the narrators are named W.P. Kinsella. I found most of the characters, and especially the narrators, very sympathetic. Although there were many ways in which I couldn't identify with them (they were men, after all), I could identify with their hopes and dreams, their regrets and disappointments.
If you're looking for a "feel good" baseball book, THE THRILL OF THE GRASS certainly won't fill the bill. The stories contained in this volume are thoughtful and melancholy and many have a downright unhappy ending. Others are open-ended and Kinsella leaves it up to the reader to extract what he or she wants from the story.
Kinsella is an author who doesn't give us straightforward stories about the game of baseball. Like his best known work, SHOELESS JOE, upon which the film, FIELD OF DREAMS was based, this wonderfully talented author usually infuses his short fiction with a dose of magic realism as well.Read more ›
Most of the stories are not so much about baseball, it's more a case of using baseball as a background and common thread to tie the stories all together.
These are the kind of stories you can read over and over again. One of my favorites was the story about the fans who decided to turn the latest player's strike into a chance to replace astroturf with real grass. With the stadium shut down for the strike, they came in and returned the field to a natural state. I've always thought that when the players strike they should strike to get rid of astroturf; a cause many fans could get behind.
I don't know of any baseball fan who would not enjoy these stories.
My alltime favorite among this collection is "The Last Pennant Before Armageddon." In the wake of the Cubs' collapse this fall, a work like this has real prescience and is somehow reassuring that there was a higher purpose behind it all.
Still, there are other strong stories in the mix. In one, the narrator is offered the chance to trade places with the recently-killed Yankees catcher Thurman Munson. Another, more whimsical story takes you inside the clubhouse of the 1951 Giants, as a surprisingly literate team debates whether The Greaty Gatsby is an allegory.
For me, "The Last Pennant Before Armageddon" is reason enough to buy this book. In the wake of the 2003 NLCS, I feel a dire need to read it . . . repeatedly.
Most recent customer reviews
Kinsella is short stories. Period. I started reading this book as an average teenager who hated baseball, sports and those who played them. Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by Dave Eyre
This book was not only enjoyable, but touching. The stories that Kinsella pens in this wonderful collection will change the way you look at the world. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Michael Delaware
What a choice for a manager ----the Chicago Cubs could finally win a championship, but then it would be the end of the world! Who said God is fair? Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1998