The Thrill Of The Grass

The Thrill Of The Grass No one can write about baseball with the same brilliant combination of mysticism and realism as W P Kinsella Lovers of the game and lovers of fine writing will thrill to the range of the eleven storie
  • Title: The Thrill Of The Grass
  • Author: W.P. Kinsella
  • ISBN: 9780140073867
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • No one can write about baseball with the same brilliant combination of mysticism and realism as W P Kinsella Lovers of the game and lovers of fine writing will thrill to the range of the eleven stories that make up this new collection From the magical conspiracy of the title story, to the celestial prediction in The Last Pennant Before Armageddon, to the desolation ofNo one can write about baseball with the same brilliant combination of mysticism and realism as W P Kinsella Lovers of the game and lovers of fine writing will thrill to the range of the eleven stories that make up this new collection From the magical conspiracy of the title story, to the celestial prediction in The Last Pennant Before Armageddon, to the desolation of The Baseball Spur, Kinsella explores the world of baseball and makes it, miraculously, a microcosm of the human condition.
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    1. William Patrick Kinsella, OC, OBC was a Canadian novelist and short story writer His work has often concerned baseball and Canada s First Nations and other Canadian issues.William Patrick Kinsella was born to John Matthew Kinsella and Olive Kinsella in Edmonton, Alberta Kinsella was raised until he was 10 years old at a homestead near Darwell, Alberta, 60 km west of the city, home schooled by his mother and taking correspondence courses I m one of these people who woke up at age five knowing how to read and write, he says When he was ten, the family moved to Edmonton.As an adult, he held a variety of jobs in Edmonton, including as a clerk for the Government of Alberta and managing a credit bureau In 1967, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, running a pizza restaurant called Caesar s Italian Village and driving a taxi.Though he had been writing since he was a child winning a YMCA contest at age 14 , he began taking writing courses at the University of Victoria in 1970, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing there in 1974 He travelled down to Iowa and earned a Master of Fine Arts in English degree through the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1978 In 1991, he was presented with an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from the University of Victoria.Kinsella s most famous work is Shoeless Joe, upon which the movie Field of Dreams was based A short story by Kinsella, Lieberman in Love, was the basis for a short film that won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film the Oscar win came as a surprise to the author, who, watching the award telecast from home, had no idea the film had been made and released He had not been listed in the film s credits, and was not acknowledged by director Christine Lahti in her acceptance speech a full page advertisement was later placed in Variety apologizing to Kinsella for the error Kinsella s eight books of short stories about life on a First Nations reserve were the basis for the movie Dance Me Outside and CBC television series The Rez, both of which Kinsella considers very poor quality The collection Fencepost Chronicles won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1987.Before becoming a professional author, he was a professor of English at the University of Calgary in Alberta Kinsella suffered a car accident in 1997 which resulted in a long hiatus in his fiction writing career until the publication of the novel, Butterfly Winter He is a noted tournament Scrabble player, becoming involved with the game after being disillusioned by the 1994 Major League Baseball strike Near the end of his life he lived in Yale, British Columbia with his fourth wife, Barbara d 2012 , and occasionally wrote articles for various newspapers.In the year 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada In 2005, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia.W.P Kinsella elected to die on September 16, 2016 with the assistance of a physician.

    2. A compendium of short stories about baseball by W.P Kinsella, who wrote the book Shoeless Joe, upon which the movie Field of Dreams is based To say that these stories are all exclusively about baseball would be incorrect Instead, they or less use baseball as an angle of approach This is a smart way of doing things, and, I think, speaks highly of baseball s almost universal applicability to matters of life and family.There s no way to rate this story by story, which is a shame If I could, howeve [...]

    3. If you love baseball and a good short story, this will be a walk in the park Slightly weird at times, and maybe a bit dark around the corner, but definitely worth the trip You will find something as pure as baseball turned into an allegory for life.

    4. I loved Shoeless Joe which would later become Field of Dreams and his later collection of baseball stories can t remember the name, something about Iowaof course I didn t really care for much of this one It was like reading a collection of stories that didn t really have any direction Bud and Tom , especially, but also Nursie and a few others The Last Pennant Before Armageddon was so stereotypical and two dimensional that I was pissed off at the end I mean he took a great premise an angel that c [...]

    5. All of the stories in W.P Kinsella s The Thrill of the Grass are about baseball That s unsurprising, given the author s bibliography But like his famous novel Shoeless Joe and the less prominent The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, the sport is merely a vessel for exploring different human emotions in each of the collection s stories Some are just as fantastic as the novel that spawned Field of Dreams The Battery, a story about a pair of Dominican twins who take the majors by storm with the assistance [...]

    6. I was not happy with this book I had read it years and years ago and as with most things I remember from back in the day, it had a fairy tale esque tint I remembered it being romantic and magical Maybe I just did not get it then Or maybe the stories do not age well While a few of the stories did rekindle that baseball romanticism, I was left with of a taste of bitterness, chauvinism, and unhappiness These stories were not full of hope They were about failure and wasted lives I wish I had not r [...]

    7. W P Kinsella is best known for his book Shoeless Joe which was made into the movie Field of Dreams The Thrill of the Grass is a collection of his short stories, all about baseball in one way or another, and all fun to read I d read this book years ago but picked it up again this summer to revisit its stories and Kinsella s writing The stories are primarily about minor league players and the struggles they have but as it comes to the end the stories are magical This is a fun good read

    8. W.P Kinsella is probably the prose laureate of baseball He has a consistent voice in this whole collection of short stories, some very realistic, some very fantastic He never forgets that almost all baseball is played by children and those in the minor leagues, but that those players always look toward the top level, and that the love of baseball is in the fans as much as the players On a personal note, this is a book my father would love, because even the fantastic stories feel real enough for [...]

    9. The Thrill of the Grass, by W P Kinsella, 1984 Though I had read these short stories by Canadian author W P Kinsella before, I was amused when I found myself opening the pages to the first story, The Last Pennant Before Armageddon , as it revolves around the Chicago Cubs winning the pennant Nice reading in 2016 Overall, these stories are well written, funny, occasionally poignant I love baseball, so I liked the baseball tie in in each story, though it was not usually the center of the story Wort [...]

    10. Kinsella who can write the poetry of baseball in the language of a man Many years ago my father, wanting I suppose to influence my education, gave me copies of Metamorphosis and Shoeless Joe So perhaps I have a distorted view of the greatness of Kinsella by the early company he kept on my bookshelf or maybe I just like him because he reminds me of my dad Still, the reader in me knows he s a wonderful storyteller even if given to the kind of fancy we so often maybe too often dismiss as trite.

    11. Kinsella s male characters are always so deep and interesting His female characters can be shallow and prop ish, but they also have some mysterious nature that keeps them from being completely stereotyped In the end, it is Kinsella s fearlessness with narrative that makes him so readable Who else would write a short story about a baseball manager who believes his team may be bringing about armageddon It s just great stuff.

    12. Kinsella is known for magical realism but only two of these stories were written in this style the rest were or less about troubled relationships, mysterious or angry women, and the men whose lives are anchored to baseball These were uneven so my rating was 3 stars How I got my nickname and the thrill of the grass we re my favorites though the former appeared to be autobiographical.

    13. While I feel that I am damning with faint praise a bit, this is a nice collection of stories Kinsella has an unfussy prose style that still manages to be poetic when it needs to be Some of the stories fall in line with the magical realism of his novel Shoeless Joe , and they are fun I actually liked the realistic and rueful stories about minor leaguers, some hopeful, some down on their luck, a little .

    14. Some of the short stories in this book were heartfelt and gratifying, but I became annoyed with Kinsella s overuse of the awe shucks good guy willing to do anything for a hard to control ungrateful girlfriend wife Kinsella is great at eliciting emotions when writing about devotion to the game of baseball, but his limited range concerning romantic relationships left me less of a fan of his writing.

    15. Baseball has certain mythic qualities and they re most obvious during the languid evenings on tank town fields,in the sunny memories of sandlot pickup games and under the shadows of long departed ballparks Let us hope that the rehab of Wrigley Field does not chase the ghosts away Kinsella raises the question, could a Cub pennant bring on the Apocalypse

    16. I adore everything I ve ever read by WP Kinsella Magical realism baseball great opening week reading I know I haven t finished it yet, but I d be confident recommending it anyway REV Not his best work, but some nice moments Good library reading The Dixon Cornbelt League is a magical short story collection for sure.

    17. With books like Shoeless Joe, W.P Kinsella captures the magic and the mundane of baseball like few others, and this collection of short stories is no exception He understands the sport s mystical allure, and he finds numerous ways to express it If you re a baseball romantic and or enjoy beautiful, lyrical writing, this is highly recommended.

    18. I don t find all of the stories in this book compelling but the six or seven I love, I love without abandon Particularly The Last Pennant Before Armageddon and the title story, which are about as purely about baseball as you can get in fiction.

    19. There are several wonderful stories in this book I most appreciated the universal themes of relationships presented in the baseball context I held on to this book for 24 years through too many moves before I finally read it It was worth the trouble of keeping this book.

    20. Three and a half stars Easy, breezy reading a game day hotdog of whimsy served with a schmear of magical realism mustard with an aftertaste of melancholy like a game lost one to nothing in the ninth.

    21. I read this after hearing a great deal of praise for Kinsella s writing from various sources However I found the writing to be flat and unengaging Neither the stories or the characters interested me.

    22. If you love baseball you will love this book Yes this book is short stories and yes some are taken form other Kinsella novels, but they are all still awesome stories

    23. More baseball stories from Kinsella The Thrill of the Grass alone the short story, that is makes this book worth checking out It made me all misty.

    24. Once again he takes something as pure as baseball and turns it into an allegory for life Although usually a slightly weird life.

    25. I enjoyed The Last Pennant Before Armageddon but could not get into any of the other stories in this collection, and gave up.

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