Shoeless Joe

Shoeless Joe

eBook - 2002
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He went to Canada in the 1960's to avoid the draft. Now, back in the USA, he has a vision: build a ballpark in an Iowa cornfield "if you build it they will come." Two who do are the tragic ballplayer, Joe Jackson and the lead's father. This affecting novel was the basis of the 'Field of dreams', Kevin Costner's landmark 1980's film.
Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2002
ISBN: 079530532X (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC KINSELLA
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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KirklandLibraryAdults Dec 21, 2016

* May 1935 -- September 2016 *
If you read the book first, then good for you! I was only fortunate to do so because it was recommended to me by my circulation desk supervisor at Wilson Library way back in 1983, who declared it a great read except it "wigs out a bit at the end." And... Read More »


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MCinnamon
Apr 16, 2013

I fell in love with the W.P. Kinsella novels long ago. He is honest and from the heart, shows people in a very dicken's style, not covering up their faults but celebrating them when they go against what society expects of them and instead do something unexpectedly brilliant. I feel sorry for the author when it comes to the movie though because he optioned the rights for only $1000. They didn't even pay him extra for using his real name instead of the name for the Kevin Cosner character. Try reading "Dance Me Outside", its about growing up on an indian reserve. It got made into a movie "Dance Me Outside" and a CBC miniseries called "The Rez" (1987 I think).

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

If you're like me, reading Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella for the first time after being a long time fan of the movie, then you're in for a treat. Of course, if you expect it to read like a novelization of Field of Dreams, then you'll be disappointed.

The story is a deliberate and passionate journey of a man following a crazy voice in his head to build a baseball field in place of the crops on his Iowa farm. He risks his family's livelihood for the sake of a dream, and because he loves his wife, daughter, Iowa and baseball. The writing is leisurely as if stretching back across the 20th century from the very time of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Give yourself time to get enveloped in this one.

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Jennmro
Nov 16, 2010

I don't like sports, but this author made me love baseball. Even if you're not a sports fan, give W.P. a try. He's a fabulous story teller and his writing style is amazing. I loved this book.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

The book that "Field of Dreams" is from - movie was better

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