Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
Just finished "The Art of Fielding". Absolutely loved the first quarter, liked the second quarter, the third quarter got pretty muddled, but it ended well. Not the home run that some critics called it, but a trple withe a close play on the slide. Very John Irving-ish.
I finally got around to reading "The Art of Fielding" and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I think it's a beautifully written book, and I agree about the John Irving-ness of it. In fact, one can only assume Harbach is a big John Irving fan, considering that a few elements of the book are a not-so-subtle nod to Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany."
Despite the length of the book, I never felt like it was a struggle to get through, though I guess some of the relationshipy stuff dragged at times. Each time I put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I'll definitely read this author's next book.
Now it's on to something a bit lighter: "Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s." And next up after that, "Hound of the Baskervilles."