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Past the Bleachers [Paperback]

Christopher A. Bohjalian


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bohjalian! 1 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love him! His books are great reads!
Even his earlier books. I really enjoyed this book.
It's about a couple who lost their son to leukemia.
And the father decides to coach a little league team the following year. He proceeds to meet a very mysterious little boy on the team. The curiosity keeps the pages turning.
Good book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie is better than this book 26 Aug 2012
By I'm Just Saying - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great story of a grieving couple who lost their young son. Their son loved baseball. The tale of how another young boy named Lucky Diamond suddenly comes into their lives is gripping and suspenseful. The subject of old wounds and the need to move on are balanced nicely here. Baseball fans would love the story line.

To be brief, just see the movie and skip the book. It is well written but in my opinion fatally and unforgivably flawed for the authors lapse in judgement. The young couple in the book want to have another child, but the repeated graphic depictions of their sexual acts is irresponsible. Parents should be warned not to let their young kids anywhere near this one.

I couldn't wait to read this book, as I really loved the movie, filmed in Lithonia Georgia but depicted as being in the north. The writer is gifted certainly, and it only takes reading a few random pages to see it. The movie handles sex more appropriately. Look, we all know where babies come from at this point... give it a rest. I found his descriptions in the book to be bordering on smut.

There is a fair amount of profanity as well, but it is usually brief. Too bad, cause it's an otherwise wonderful story. Its the first book I have read by the author and based on the objections I noted, it may be my last. It's a waste of a significant talent. He didn't add anything to the story with the profanity and smut. I had only read excellent reviews on this author so I was surprised to say the least.

If the objections I noted don't bother you, you will find yourself turning pages quickly. As I said, he is a gifted writer.

See the movie instead. It is a rare treasure. This is one of the few times where the movie is better than the book, much better in fact. That's just my two cents.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 29 Sep 2007
By Melissa D. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was pretty mesmerizing for me, I had a hard time putting it down at bedtime. Sort of spooky in parts, sad in others. Excellent book, one of his best.
4.0 out of 5 stars just a hint of a ghost 25 July 2008
By Mara Zonderman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bohjalian takes the story of a father grieving over the death of a son and wraps it around hints of a ghost story. About a year after his son's death, Bill Parrish decides that coaching the local Little League team for which his son would have played will help him cope with the loss. When he gets the roster for his team, he notices a name, Lucky Diamond, that he's never heard before, unusual in his small Vermont town. A natural at baseball, Lucky should fit in well on the team. But the mystery surrounding him and his arrival deepen, and Bohjalian adds a few seemingly supernatural occurrences (strange cat behavior and the like) to a few odd and vaguely threatening coincidences (a boy who makes mean comments about Lucky is almost killed by a flying baseball bat) and Bill (and the reader) question who Lucky really is and what he's doing there. While the answer to those questions isn't overly satisfying (although it's reasonable enough) the resolution to the story is immensely gratifying.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 31 July 2014
By Lighthouse Angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not liking this one as much as the other Bohjalian novels I have read.
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