A wonderful, warm novel from a major American voice.‘It's left a little hole in my life the way a really good book will’ Jonathan FranzenA small American college. Five very different lives. One terrible mistake.At Westish College, baseball star ...
h College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for the big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. His error will upend the fates of five people. Henry's burgeoning self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight falls unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight returns to Westish, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, all five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets.
‘The best debut novel I’ve read this year - assured, funny, poignant and deeply satisfying’ Evening Standard
Appena iniziato pensavo di abbandonarlo strada facendo perchè troppo incentrato sul gioco del baseball del quale non solo non mi interessa assolutamente nulla, ma di cui non conosco nemmeno le regole e il modo di giocare. Invece leggendo sono stataAppena iniziato pensavo di abbandonarlo strada facendo perchè troppo incentrato sul gioco del baseball del quale non solo non mi interessa assolutamente nulla, ma di cui non conosco nemmeno le regole e il modo di giocare. Invece leggendo sono stata talmente catturata dai personaggi, dal loro modo di agire e di relazionarsi tra di loro, dall'atmosfera e dall'ambientazione, che non ho potuto fare a meno di leggerlo, e con notevole gusto, fino alla fine. Indubbiamente ben scritto, forse un po' amaro,è uno spaccato della vita in un tipico college americano. I buoni sentimenti alla fine trionfano ma in maniera più realistica di come ci abbia abituato certa letteratura americana. Notevole per essere un'opera prima! Aspettiamo altri scritti. ...Continua Nascondi
I'm not sure what kept be going through this book, I think it was sheer determination to finish it, I was close to abandoning this book so many times. I wasn't interested in the baseball, the love story was really shallow and the characters didn'tI'm not sure what kept be going through this book, I think it was sheer determination to finish it, I was close to abandoning this book so many times. I wasn't interested in the baseball, the love story was really shallow and the characters didn't have any spark. I've read lots of great reviews from others who have read it, so maybe it just wasn't my taste, 'not my cup of tea' as they say...also wasn't my slice of cake, my cup of coffee, my G&T ... hmm, i'll stop there....Continua Nascondi
The 2-star rating is a little harsh, but this campus tale about anatural-born baseball super-talent, his rise and fall and how thelives of those around him changed after a fateful misthrow, whilegenerally fluent and entertaining, ultimately lackedThe 2-star rating is a little harsh, but this campus tale about a natural-born baseball super-talent, his rise and fall and how the lives of those around him changed after a fateful misthrow, while generally fluent and entertaining, ultimately lacked that spark for me. There are plausibility issues, as the actions of key characters at critical plot twists simply don't ring true (the female protagonist, Pella's sudden affections for one or the other character; the phone call during the final champions game etc.) and issues of emotional affectibility, which drops considerably when characters or events cease to be convincing. Also, I think the author was being reserved with his plot and didn't want any added schmalz for an overly Hollywood narrative; however, I think this restraint may have hurt the book in the end, as too little warm blood was pumped into and too little inspirational music played around a story about dreams, aspirations and camaraderie.
That said, the author did create a very successful character with Mike Schwartz. From his impressive build and appearance, his clear-eyed self-assessment and grasp of the game, his focus, temperament, vulnerability, look on life, they all came together nicely to map out the damaged inner landscape of this forceful figure. It's a shame this book isn't really about Mike, but more about the star he discovered, Henry Skrimshander, who, while also given extensive and meticulous descriptions, never came to seem so fully-realized as the character of Mike. That he was supposed to be the emotional epicenter of the whole story ultimately fell short.
Of the various relationships depicted in the book, the one between Mike and Henry is probably the most interesting. Too bad the author didn't make the most out of it and just curiously glided through several critical turning points in their story....Continua Nascondi