Shoeless Joe

Shoeless Joe

Book - 1982
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The book that inspired the movie Field of Dreams. 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….
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1982.
ISBN: 9780007497478
9780395957738
0395957737
9780395320471
039532047X
Characteristics: 265 p.

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avocadotree
May 04, 2018

A book that is magic and is about magic. Compulsive reading. The feeling from reading this is anything can happen.

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MCinnamon
Apr 16, 2013

I fell in love with the W.P. Kinsella novels long ago. He is honest and from the heart, shows people in a very dicken's style, not covering up their faults but celebrating them when they go against what society expects of them and instead do something unexpectedly brilliant. I feel sorry for the author when it comes to the movie though because he optioned the rights for only $1000. They didn't even pay him extra for using his real name instead of the name for the Kevin Cosner character. Try reading "Dance Me Outside", its about growing up on an indian reserve. It got made into a movie "Dance Me Outside" and a CBC miniseries called "The Rez" (1987 I think).

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

If you're like me, reading Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella for the first time after being a long time fan of the movie, then you're in for a treat. Of course, if you expect it to read like a novelization of Field of Dreams, then you'll be disappointed.

The story is a deliberate and passionate journey of a man following a crazy voice in his head to build a baseball field in place of the crops on his Iowa farm. He risks his family's livelihood for the sake of a dream, and because he loves his wife, daughter, Iowa and baseball. The writing is leisurely as if stretching back across the 20th century from the very time of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Give yourself time to get enveloped in this one.

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Jennmro
Nov 16, 2010

I don't like sports, but this author made me love baseball. Even if you're not a sports fan, give W.P. a try. He's a fabulous story teller and his writing style is amazing. I loved this book.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

The book that "Field of Dreams" is from - movie was better

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