Originally Posted by vaticanplum
Wow, I am really surprised that The Art of Fielding has mostly lukewarm reception on this board (with a couple of exceptions). I've heard only the most glowing things about it. It's on my list, definitely.
I'm still piddling through my first Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, which I think I posted about a gajillion months ago on this board. I'm almost done, partly because it has gotten better (just BLOW UP THE DAMN BRIDGE ALREADY), and partly because I'm eager to get to the Coco Chanel biography.
For me "The Art of Fielding" was mediocre at best. It starts out so promising, but about 1/3 of the way through it stops being a good baseball book and becomes something else. Some of the themes in the story are very "adult." Not that I couldn't deal with it, or even disagree with some of the things that occur, but they feel so forced. I also found that, by the end of the book I hated the main character. Others may feel differently, but my opinion is that 1/3 of the book is an above average baseball story, and the other 2/3 of the book is an overly complicated, and poorly written love story.