The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly a...

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Title:The Art of Fielding
Author:Chad Harbach
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ISBN:0316126691
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages

The Art of Fielding Reviews

  • Tony
    Jul 22, 2011
    I have stood there, with my knees bent, on the balls of my feet. I have watched the signs and where the catcher sets up. I have known with some sense of probability if my pitcher can throw the ball where the glove is set. I have watched the hitter's swing, listened to the sound. I have intuited. So ...
  • Andrew Campbell
    Sep 15, 2011
    *mild spoilers*100 pages in and the author has already *twice* withheld information from the reader which would be apparent to the character. Is there a name for this?The first time it's dialogue overheard by a character, dialogue which the reader is meant to mistake for sex when in fact it's two pe...
  • Miriam
    Sep 17, 2011
    People love to talk about the "great" books that aren't good reads. There's also the crap that people call "beach reads" but gobble up without taking seriously. But The Art of Fielding falls under a third category: A book I didn't like so much that I wanted to keep reading it.I wanted to like it, I ...
  • Stuart
    Sep 19, 2011
    I'm from Wisconsin. This book takes place in Wisconsin. I love baseball. This book is about a baseball team from a fictitious Wisconsin college, Westish, which seems like a mix of Ripon and Lawrence. I love that fictitious name by the way. I love that school's absurd tie to Herman Melville as well a...
  • RandomAnthony
    Oct 20, 2011
    Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding is 2/3rds strong but maybe 100 pages too long. You know that weird paradox you feel when you like a book but kind of wish it was over? I felt that around, oh, page 350 of The Art of Fielding. So while I can recommend the novel, with reservations, I can't make the f...
  • Peter
    Jan 08, 2012
    Man, I really didn't want to like this book. And here, quickly, are the reasons why: Number 1) Pure jealousy. Harbach got paid like a bajillion dollars for his very first novel. I was paid slightly less than that. Okay, a lot less than that. Number 2) I don't like n+1 magazine, of which he is the co...
  • Teresa
    Mar 26, 2012
    I loved this book! (I suppose it's appropriate that I start off my review like a fan.)While reading it, I couldn't help but reflect upon and compare this novel to The Marriage Plot. Both are about college-aged kids (though set in different decades); mental illness is an element in both; and while th...
  • Elyse
    Apr 27, 2012
    I Absolutely loved this book! It was 'The Perfect Novel'. About Baseball: There 'is' baseball in this book. So, for those people who really do not like baseball 'at all' ---(but are still open to reading this GEM of a story) ---you might surprise yourself and expand your interest in the game itself....
  • Carol
    Jul 23, 2012
    As a HUGE fan of the game, I really enjoyed this baseball themed novel centering around Henry Skrimshander.....his glove named Zero and his desire to be the best.....to someday play Shortstop for the STL CARDINALS.....But this story surprised me.....there's so much more to it than just baseball........
  • Fabian
    May 22, 2013
    UNBELIEVABLE.Baseball is, without a doubt, kinda sorta, um... dull. But with near-perfect (actually more perfect than near-perfect) "The Art of Fielding," the passion in the hearts of five individuals will likewise light a passion within the impressionable reader. I am not kidding. I LOVE this novel...