Title: Fathers Playing Catch With Sons: Essays on ...
Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Second printing, stated. Signed by the author on the title page: "Donald Hall." Softcover with dust jacket. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; spine and wraps uncreased. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $13.50); some light-fading to the spine. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001513
In the pantheon of great sports literature, not a few poets have tried their hand at paying tribute to their love affair with the game -- Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams among them. This elegant volume collects Donald Hall's prose about sports, concentrating on baseball but extending to basketball, football and Ping-Pong. The essays are a wonderful mixture of reminiscence and observation, of baseball and of fathers and sons, of how a game binds people together and bridges generations.
Review: "Half of my poet friends," confides Donald Hall, one of America's best poets and essayists, "think I am insane to waste my time writing about sports and to loiter in the company of professional athletes. The other half would murder to take my place." Either way, aficionados--both of games and words--should simply be thankful.
Hall's lyrical voice, graceful craft, and spiritual bravado are evident throughout from the opening title essay--a first-person reminiscence of a spring-training sojourn with the Pirates--to a meditation on football that serves as the volume's final gun. In between, he offers lovely, finely tuned odes to Fenway Park, Old Timers' games, Ping-Pong, and former Celtic forward Kevin McHale. From a reader's perspective, "Proseball," a grand tour of baseball literature, is particularly poignant; as Hall goes down his line-up, your heart should break when you realize just how much good writing--from Roger Angell, Thomas Boswell, and Red Smith, for starters--is currently, and tragically, out of print. --Jeff Silverman
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