Title: Shoeless Joe
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
Publication Date: 1982
Book Condition: Used: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
8vo (9 in.) Signed by author on title page. This copy has slight foxing on top edge, but otherwise, is in beautiful condition. Dark blue boards, 1/3 of board and spine are tan linen, with gold gilt lettering on spine and baseball player on front board. Otherwise tight and clean. Dust jacket has 1.5-cm tear near front bottom corner, very minor push on spine foot. Mylar sheath. Bookseller Inventory # 0000032A
Synopsis: "Wild...Romantic...Unconventional...A triumph of hope."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
The voice of a baseball announcer tells the Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella: "If you build it, he will come." "He" is Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ray's hero. "It" is a baseball stadium which Ray carves out of his cornfield. Like the movie FIELD OF DREAMS that was made from this novel, SHOELESS JOE is about baseball. But it's also about love and the power of dreams to make people come alive....
From the Paperback edition.
Review: W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, Field of Dreams. It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father. In Kinsella's hands, it's all about as simple, and complex, as the object of baseball itself: coming home. Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need.
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