The Art of Fielding

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lilibet Wed 30-Jan-13 12:17:05

Has anyone read this? iIve jsut finished it and would love to chat about it.

Stokey Fri 01-Feb-13 15:26:31

I have, I liked it, though a bit US studenty. What did you think?

lilibet Sat 02-Feb-13 15:03:37

Oooh, good! someone turned up.

SPOILERS IN THIS POST IN CASE ANYONE TURNS UP WHO HASN'T READ IT!

I thought it was very good at the start but tailed off. I couldn't understand why Pella slept with Henry and thought it was at that point where the book started to loose me a bit.

I also didn't think that Owen's feelings for Guert were real until the second 'funeral'.

I did love Schwartz though.

Stokey Mon 04-Feb-13 20:58:17

I agree about the whole Pella Henry thing being very odd, but I guess it was a symptom of Henry's loss of self and Pella's apathy. And maybe it needed to happen for the final redemption? Pella & Schwartz who were obviously made for each other needed a break too, to make the ending better. At least there was a proper ending, and kinda nice that Henry took over Schwartz role.

Have you read A Prayer for Owen Meany? It reminded me of that while I was reading it, particularly the two central characters. But I also read The Marriage Plot just after The Art of Fielding, and now looking back am getting the two a bit mixed up, though at the time much preferred The Art of Fielding, far more interesting characters.

lilibet Mon 04-Feb-13 22:07:50

A Prayer for Owen Meaney is in my top five all time books, I love it. Yes, I thought about that with the baseball hitting Owen.

The VW Beetle in the school and the nativity play are two of the funniest things I have ever read.

I'm now reading The Tin Drum which has also been compared to Owen Meaney, but it's not grabbing me.

I read Virgin Suicides recently, same writer as The Marriage Plot, it wasn't what I expected.

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