I really liked the dual time periods in the book, the start of Calico Joe's red hot career, his down to earth attit I feel like I should preface this review by saying that I don't like baseball, in fact I think I would rather watch paint dry, it is just as exciting. I am glad I finally picked up Calico Joe and rediscovered John Grisham and am looking forward to reading and rereading more of his books. It is called by Mike Sowell. It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. Very Good: A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. He is brought up to the major leagues to play in the pennant race for the Cubs; he is a rookie with the chance of a lifetime, an up and coming star because two of the Cub's players have been injured. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.
What made 1920 so interesting is that all three of these teams were battling it out for the American League pennant. Another John Grisham novel that is a change from the court room classics he is more known for. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jur. The story is told through the eyes of the son of the Warren, who loves baseball and like the rest of the country especially loves Calico Joe. Warren, a mediocre journeyman pitcher, was an even worse father. I finished it in just a few hours but will think about it for a long time. The story is very touching and, amazingly, does not deal with the law or lawyers in any way.
One of the narratives follows the story of baseball phenom Joe Castle nicknamed Calico Joe who takes the major leagues by storm in 1973. It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. The Cubs having floundered in 1969 were back in the pennant race. 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. That was a very good book anyone would enjoy, even a non-football fan.
I also thought Grisham did a great job at making the story seem believable. The book was also inspired by some of Grisham's personal baseball experience; as noted in the forward, when a teenager Grisham played baseball, and developed a dislike of aggressive, bad-mannered pitchers; at the age of 19, Grisham saw a ball flying very near to his face, at the speed of about ninety miles per hour - and quit the game, promptly and permanently. This is, at heart, a story of fathers and sons. The book is not for everyone, but it was interesting. He was an okay pitcher for the New York Mets back when Calico Joe was playing for the Cubs. There's something about how he captures emotions and passion of simple people, people with dreams and goals, people with problems, and how events often overcome both the dreams and the problems.
Wearing the black hat is Warren Tracey, a 34-year-old journeyman pitcher for the Mets with a reputation for hitting batters — and the bottle — with equal determination. A defense attorney in over his head. It isn't masquerading as rocket science; it is simply a tender tale of baseball, told with all the glory, and even the horror, that sometimes may accompany the game. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Whatever happened to Calico Joe? I would like to complain that the book is too short but in reality, it's not.
Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. It wasn't a page-turner in classic Grisham sense, but I read through it pretty quickly anyway. What did you like least? He gets a hit his first 16 times at bat. 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. It is a very easy read but an excellent read.
Not a fan of baseball? I loved Grisham's other book about sports, Playing for Pizza so I had high hopes for this one. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. It also tells the story of Joe Castle and his amazing short rookie season, as well as the story of him and his brothers as they try for careers in baseball. In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. 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 sadistic, throughout much of his life.
Much of the book is this man looking back about events and decisions that happened around his father -- especially one event inside baseball. That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. But his recollections of life with his father were sad. I so wanted him to do great! Paul was another character that I loved right away. There is so much visual information relating to the games, that I think it would come across better on screen. He just got better from there and captured the awe of baseball fans everywhere regardless of team affiliation.
The focus is on the sports hero and the anti-hero. But a few years back I read a book by an author who convinced me that I should not close down this genre as a matter of course. He sprinted after foul balls, lunged into the stands, turned lazy singles into doubles, bunted with two strikes … usually had the dirtiest uniform when the game was over. The story has been written many times: rookie rises to the major leagues as part of a losing team, goes on a tear at the plate, breaks a few records, the team lands in first place, crowds come to see him at home and away. Grisham veers off his typical very enjoyable legal thriller path and gives us something different i. When it was Joe's turn up at bat, he playepd every pitch the right way, unintentionally enraging Warren Tracy. He is suddenly the idol of fans everywhere - and especially from the folks back home in the Ozark village of Calico Rock, Ark.