Art of Fielding
Posted August 9, 2012on:
I like the first half, which is like five stars. It feels like the author loses his grip on the characters and plots in the second half of the book. For one thing, the architect showed up and ate dinner and were just gone, without any other splashes. For another thing, the great namesake of the fictional bible for a shortstop in the book showed up and ate dinner with the team and were just gone too, when I totally expected he would be cruicial in helping Henry to regain his confidence.
The build up to the climax is exceptional — fully developed characters (with very familiar cliche’s, sometimes) which draws you in. However, the climax is nowhere to be found. Don’t get me wrong — I love the premise of the book: self-doubt and its eradication. Who never has any doubts about themselves? Who never think of the question whether they are right or not? Or how did they do what they do? I was expecting quite some soul-searching, introspection on the way to confidence again but the book didn’t deliver on the solution, thought it describes the problem very well.
I think the author has potential. The book is full of literary references. Having not read Moby Dick, or the books or poems they were citing, I am sure I missed lots of the references. Had it had a better second half, I might go back to read the book once I finish reading all the classics 🙂