Shoeless Joe by W. P. KinsellaShoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella

Shoeless Joe

byW. P. Kinsella

Paperback | April 15, 1999

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More than the inspiration for the beloved film Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about 'dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American' ( Philadelphia Inquirer ). 'If you build it, he will come.' These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.
W. P. Kinsella (1935-2016) was the author of numerous works of fiction, including the best-selling Shoeless Joe, for which he won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, and eleven highly acclaimed short story collections.
Title:Shoeless JoeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.74 inPublished:April 15, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395957737

ISBN - 13:9780395957738

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable For baseball fans, this is an incredible novel. Definitely worth reading - the characters, the story, are completely memorable and powerful
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Baseball Is Just A metaphor If you got my earlier review, I reviewed the wrong book my by mistake. Sorry about that. The movie Field Of Dreams is based on this book. So I will not bore you with details. I will only say that as good as the move is, the book is much better. Also I'm happy to say that the writer, W. P. Kinsella is a Canadian. I did have one problem with this book, I found that the last 8-10 pages tended to drag a bit. None the less this book is still very much worth reading.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greatest Baseball Novels I first read Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella over 20 years ago, probably not long after it was published. I was reading a lot of sports books in those days, but this offering was an entirely different animal altogether. Sure, this book is about baseball, but it's also about magic, the existence of heaven, family, faith, redemption, and destiny. In other words, this book has it all. Sent on a spirit quest by a mysterious voice emenating from his cornfield, a young farmer first builds a baseball field that is soon populated by the legendary ghosts of Joe Jackson and the other players of the infamous 1919 Chicago Blacksox baseball team, and then travels to collect some other lost spirits, including that of his late father. Enjoy the "Costnerized" movie version Field of Dreams, if you must, but do take the time to read the novel. It's much better.
Date published: 2008-09-21

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One of the greatest books about America’s pastime comes from Canadian author W.P. Kinsella. Perhaps one of the best affirmations of this fact is that the book was the basis for the successful Hollywood film, Field of Dreams. Shoeless Joe tells the story of Ray Kinsella’s devotion to building a baseball diamond in his cornfield to honour his sports hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Editorial Reviews

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." "