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Shoeless Joe [Paperback]

W. P. Kinsella
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14 Mar 2013

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….

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007497474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007497478
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The movie only captured half the magic of the book. This is a masterpiece.’ Andrew Kaufman

‘Not so much about baseball as it is about dreams, magic, life and what is quintessentially American.’ The Philadelphia Enquirer.

About the Author

William Patrick Kinsella, OC, OBC (born May 25, 1935) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His work has often concerned baseball, First Nations people, and other Canadian issues.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, surreal fantasy 5 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The film Field of Dreams is based on Shoeless Joe by W P Kinsella, first published in 1982, which has just been published in a new edition in the UK by The Friday Project. I had never seen the film and had no preconceptions about the book, which turned out to be a delightfully surreal fantasy about a man called Ray Kinsella, whose dream is to use a field on his Iowa farm as a place where dead baseball stars can play. As a young man, Ray's father was a pretty good baseball player, though not in the same league as the famous stars who begin to show up at Ray's farm to play baseball. It's Ray's dream for his father to join them. He also conceives a plan to cheer up the reclusive writer J D Salinger by taking him to a baseball game, as he mistakenly believes that Salinger loves baseball as much as he does. He ends up `kidnapping' Salinger, with Salinger's consent, and taking him back to Iowa.

It's a charming story. You don't need to know anything about baseball and you don't need to care about sport - I don't know about baseball and I don't care about sport, and I enjoyed the book. It's about a man's dreams and his attempt to fulfill them, and to make others happy as he does it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A field of dreams indeed 18 Mar 2013
By Truman
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Most people will probably arrive at this book as I did - after watching the Kevin Costner classic film Field of Dreams, which was based on W. P. Kinsella's novel. The plots are largely similar, although certain changes were made for the film, some for the better, others not so much. While I still think the film is a tighter, more cohesive version, the book is every bit as touching and inspirational, and even though I have no clue about baseball terminology I still found myself wrapped up in the game's wonderful mythology. So good I bought a number of other baseball books and films, and it left me wishing for more of Kinsella's writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you read it... 21 July 2013
By Graham
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having owned "field of dreams" on dvd for several years, the chance to buy "shoeless Joe" was to good to miss. if your a fan of the film then this book is a must buy. it thurther enhances the story that a 1 hour 40 min film cant possibly cover. enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoeless Joe 22 April 2014
By margo
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I loved this book it is even better than the film Field of Dreams which was inspired by it. I intend to pass it on to some of my friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Magical Realism & Baseball! 28 Mar 2013
Shoeless Joe by W P Kinsella is the classic novel that inspired the film Field of Dreams. Originally written and published back in 1982, Shoeless Joe is part of the backlist of Kinsella's books acquired by HarperCollins imprint The Friday Project and was published by them on 14 March 2013.

The Friday Project is to publish a new novel by W P Kinsella called the Butterfly Winter, and his eight other backlist titles will follow in 2014.

So, back to Shoeless Joe. I have to hold up my hands to two things. First, I've never seen the film Field of Dreams and second, I know nothing about baseball. This is a novel about baseball, but it is also most certainly a novel of love and dreams and how a person's power of belief can make things happen.

Ray Kinsella lives on a remote farm with his wife Annie and their small daughter. Ray is obsessed with baseball. Most of his life events are connected in some way to the game, he remembers his father according to the baseball stories that he told him. Most of all, Ray is obsessed with Shoeless Joe - his hero who was banned from the game after the match-fixing Black Box Scandal in 1919. One day, when looking out across his land, Ray hears a voice

"If you build it, he will come"

So, Ray builds it, and he comes, and so do other baseball legends. Ray then takes a trip across the country and helps the author JD Salinger overcome his pain.

This novel has a somewhat dream like feel to it, with Ray taking the leading role. There are very few characters within the story and personally I would have loved to have known more about Ray's wife Annie.
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By edward
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Good read but mark seems to be forgotten at the end unlike the film where he starts to see the magic. I'm sure he's not a bad man really.
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