This was an okay book. Yes, it was about baseball, but it wasn't just about baseball. It was about more than that. It's set in Westish college, a small school near Lake Michigan. Henry Skrimshander is a star shortstop at the college, but when a routine throw goes off disastrously of course, the lives of five people are upended: Henry himself, the college president Guert Affenlight, Henry's roommate Own, the team captain Mike Schwartz and Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter. I liked the writing style in this book, as well as the descriptions of baseball and the various characters. The second half of the book was very disappointing, though; the book started out really strongly, and I thought it would be a 5 star, but it got progressively weaker, and the ending was just terrible in my opinion. The last 200 pages or so were really lame; it seemed like Harbach just didn't know where he wanted to go with the book.
However, if you like baseball, I think you'll really like certain parts of this book. It talked a lot about baseball, players, baseball techniques, mindsets, etc, which I enjoyed reading.
Read The Art of Fielding:
- if you are interested in baseball
|Okay book, but it left me wanting more!|