• Alan Cockrell

    Your phrase “…if the account doesn’t too closely rub up against actual events” seals the deal for me. Bring a real character, or better yet, a real event into the protagonist’s view and let it form images and emotions in him. Makes it more real for me. “Forrest Gump” seems a good example of that but maybe goes over the top.

    On another note, you mentioned the son of the guy who beaned Joe was the narrator. Maybe I need to read that to learn how an involved but remote narrator supplies all the details of scenes in which he was never there, or maybe in this case not yet born. How does he know? I want to use that technique but it always seems unrealistic to me to accept that a person involved in the story can know everything that’s said and happens when he’s not there. Of course he can always say “dad told me what happened that day,” but how can he legitimately supply all the detail, color, sounds and movements that you need to do the scene? Myriad articles have probably been written on this.

    May 07, 2012
    • Hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler, but the narrator witnessed the beaning in person. One difference between Forrest Gump and Calico Joe is that much of Forrest’s interaction with prominent folks is intentionally comical, which my mind finds a bit easier to accept.

      May 07, 2012
  • Lismarie

    Have you read Stephen King’s book titled 11/22/63? It has a really interesting spin on the “assassination” of JFK. Definitely a really interesting read.

    John Grisham is my all-time favorite author and I read anything and everything he writes. I’m not big into baseball but I found the book pleasant enough. I much prefer his legal thrillers! My first thought is that I would be okay with the mixing of fact and fiction because it makes it seem as though this would be a new angle to an old story or a “what if” story, which I find intriguing. But, if I were a huge fan of the history being changed, maybe I’d have a different point of view. Either way, I enjoyed the book :)

    May 10, 2012
    • I’ve skimmed King’s 11/22/63, which was given to me as a Christmas present. My cursory perusal left me thinking that it’s an interesting spin on the JFK murder, but, as in Calico Joe, I fear that some of the real history might startle me from my mental escape to fiction land. A mere skimming doesn’t yield a fair assessment, however, so one of these days I’ll have to take time to actually read it.
      Thanks much for the comment! Do you have a favorite sport? If so, let me know and I’ll try to post something relevant.

      May 10, 2012
  • Denise Rush

    Just got “Calico Joe” today and look forward to reading it tonite. I read Patrick Robinson’s book “Slider” last year and very much enjoyed it. Don’t know if that kind of League actually exists, but it made for great story.

    June 21, 2012
    • Hope you like Calico Joe. I’ve seen Slider on Amazon; will have to give it a look. The next baseball novel on my agenda is Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel. Thanks for commenting.

      June 22, 2012
  • Being a baseball fan and former player, but not knowing a thing about the 1973 season, It was very easy to “fall” into the story. There are just enough real-life names that I struggled with wanting to believe it could have actually happened. The book reads very well and I could not put it down.

    July 19, 2012
    • Thanks for the comment. I doubt most readers will have any trouble; folks like me who lived through the ’73 season are no doubt in the minority. Two main things I remember about that year: It was Willie Mays’ last season, and my team of those days, the Royals, started to win more than they lost.

      July 20, 2012
  • Tom Buscaglia

    Would have loved to have seen Joe go up against Sidd Finch.!!!!

    September 13, 2012
    • Would indeed be something to see. My George Plimpton post is yet to come, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it. Thanks for commenting!

      September 13, 2012

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