Book Review: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

I am not a baseball person by any means, despite the hall of fame being so close. Maybe that is why I did not love Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella. Maybe it’s because I’m a curmudgeonly young person who dislikes the tourists, and the main character Ray, reminded me of those tourists.

To be brutally honest, I could not read Shoeless Joe without hearing Kevin Costner in my head. I also kept picturing James Earl Jones as the author, even though the author (JD Salinger) was white. Maybe I should take this as proof that I shouldn’t watch a movie before reading a book, but I won’t.

What can I say? The characters were one-dimensional. The writing was akin to someone in writing class who has promise, but no voice of their own, in other words, it was conventional. The antagonist, Ray’s brother in law, was continually described as twirling his mustache. Ray’s wife was perfect even though her boobs were small(so I’m shallow). Ray’s child was always being compared to flowers and nature. Meh.

I think this book would be excellent for baseball fans. Unfortunately, I am going to have to say I liked the movie better. I would also recommend sipping a Bud Light Lime while reading Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Nice, I love how you theme drinks with your reads. 🙂 I don't drink much, so I have no idea what drinks go with a type of book. Sounds fun though. 🙂

  2. Kristen, I am going to try and do non-alcholic drinks for YA reads! 😀

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