Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Brought me back to the 1973 Mets. I feel like it all could have been presented a little more concisely. Then when he does that horrible act, it changes the lives of Joe, Paul, and Warren as well. Tony crowded the plate, and he was fearless.
It alternates between the summer of 1973 and present time and is a story about baseball fans and players, fathers and sons, redemption and forgiveness. The book isn't really about baseball, it just happens to be the catalyst for many of the actions in the book. Warren, a mediocre journeyman pitcher, was an even worse father. The big baseball issue the story revolves around is the unwritten rule of throwing at batters for retaliation. Warren was a self-absorbed, philandering, wife-beating drunk. Like most books in this genre in my limited experience sport is a subplot. I've long been a fan of Grisham's courtroom and legal novels, and although this is a stark departure from that genre, I enjoyed the book very much.
I think it will have fairly broad appeal. The Cubs having floundered in 1969 were back in the pennant race. Grisham delivers an excellent branch off and great read for this short novella, as he examines the game of baseball and the issues that plague one family surrounding it. After injuries to their starting first baseman, they call up 21 year old Joe Castle from double a. Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy's search for heroes.
In his latest book, , Grisham takes his first crack at a novel about baseball. Since it is so distant, all of the feelings and motivations of his father are also removed from our view. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers. Castle, quite naturally, is shaking in his socks when he reports to the Cubs for a game in Philadelphia, so much so that he misses most of his batting practice pitches. This used to happen a lot, but it is really not part of the game now. Paul Tracey gets a call from his father's current wife. Which is how it reads too - the story didn't pull me in, in a way that I particularly cared about the characters, but I still wanted to keep reading.
However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. A quick book that, overall, kept me interested and engaged. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer. In 1973, he is thirty years old and a rising phenom in baseball. And thus I gave this book a try and I am totally delighted that I did. Brings back memories from your own favorite teams---- Cincinnitti pitcher hitting Cardinal's Pujols on his broken wrist last year---remembrance for me. I really like the good and innocent Joe versus the bad and malicious Warren told through the eyes of a 11 year old boy obsessed with baseball.
Whatever happened to Calico Joe? I read this book out on the back porch after supper every night one week of late summer, September, 2012. This novella is not padded with extraneous words, scenes, or subplots; it tells the story it needs to tell and then allows the reader move on with his or her life. September 30, 2012 Contact: BernWei1 aol. I think he first wrote this to be a short story, but it was a little too long, so he expanded it to make a 200 page book to honor a publisher contract. And why is he still not playing the game---head concussions!! A good, easy read and something I'd recommend to baseball fans.
I listened to this on Audio and I know already I will listen to it again. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. The story is much more about a father-son relationship, and how the father not a good guy scarred his son. That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. It is hard to know, at first, if this book is for adults or young adults, especially because of the cover which appears a bit juvenile, but perhaps it is for both, even though the subject matter may get dicey, with the inclusion of a dying parent who has also been physically abusive and John Grisham has hit this one out of the park. Did the narration match the pace of the story? He gets a hit his first 16 times at bat. This is a quick read about a young hot-shot ball player out of Calico Rock, Arkansas, his meteoric rise in the majors, and the end of his career after just a few games in the summer of 1973.
Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event. At times, I felt like I was right there at the game, smelling the hot dogs, and cheering every time I heard the crack of the bat! Although, I thought the book started out a little too simplistically, almost like a fairy tale, with all the parts falling into place perfectly as if a puppet handler was moving the characters around, the story, in the end, fell into place perfectly. I am glad I did. Fewer probably know that Grisham loves baseball. I did not get around to reading it until now, and of course I finished in 3 hours, as it's the time of year where I binge on baseball books.
And it has never gone away. However, The Pitch that Killed takes you inside this story and makes it come alive. This book has a great deal of baseball drama and includes game action, statistics, and baseball terminology. You ache for Paul Tracey, his sister and Mom. Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher.