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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007497474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007497478
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,819 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.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Smith on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Truman on 18 Mar. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niccolò Machiavelli on 25 April 2015
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Seen the film and read "Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc" by Brett Friedlander, and thought I'd drag out my ancient and well worn copy of "Shoeless Joe", which I then found on Kindle in a more recent edition.
The true story of Doc Graham differs little from that as told in Shoeless Joe though obviously both books differ slightly from the movie which I must add is only one of two or three movies that can have me "filling up".
As a Baseball fan, I'm British and have always lived in the UK I do have a pretty good knowledge of Shoeless Joe, The Black Sox Scandal, the rigging of the 1919 World Series and the history of baseball so knew most of the characters involved. However, I do not believe a comprehensive knowledge of Baseball is necessary to enjoy this book, my former wife who called Baseball "Big Boy's Rounders" and whose only interest in life was spending my money as fast as I earned it even managed to finish the book, though in her opinion it was simply "alright"! And this is a person whose only interest in Current Affairs was reading her, and ultimately my Horrorscopes! I spelt that wrong deliberately by the way, and why didn't it tell me to clear off years earlier?
I've ignored all the literary critics who say it is a deeply flawed novel and badly written, it is neither of those things, enjoy it as I and many others have done for simply being what it is a bit of fantasy based on real historical events, and you may even shed a little tear at the end! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2013
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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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