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Bang the Drum Slowly (Second Edition)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    A truly great book!

    Don't be turned off by the cover if you're not a baseball fan. The book is more enjoyable if you have some knowledge of the game, but it's not essential. It's a novel about an imaginary professional team, the New York Knights, in the 1950's, but baseball is just the setting. It's about living...and dying...and how the realization that we're all mortal changes everything. Written in the style of an average, less than eloquent man, it will make you laugh, make you think, and, quite possibly, make you cry.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Good sentimental baseball book about life and death

    Bang The Drum Slowly is a sentimental book about life and death with a fictional baseball team and a pennant winning season as the setting. The narrator writes in a style that mixes formal language (no apostrophes or contractions) with vernacular and phonetics, like Ring Lardner's narrator in You Know Me Al. For example, the narrator consistently writes "libel" instead of "liable," which makes for an amusing malapropism in the beginning of chapter 16 when he writes "I am libel to be sued." Harris originally said his use of vernacular was inspired by Mark Twain's Huck Finn, because the literary snobs at the time didn't consider baseball as a valid subject for art or literature, but he later admitted that baseball books, such as You Know Me Al, were the source of his inspiration. Still, you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book: It's about life and death. If you're looking for a book in the baseball field that qualifies as literature, then I recommend you read Bang The Drum Slowly, as well as my recommendations below. Corrections: In the Overview, it says the ballplayer with the illness (Bruce Pearson) is dying of cancer, which is technically true; however, in the book it's referred to as Hodgkin's disease. In the first anonymous review, it says the fictional team is the New York Knights. The fictional team is the New York Mammoths. The New York Knights is the fictional team in Bernard Malamud's The Natural.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013


    Restricted land only invite people

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    A Timeless Story

    It's about baseball, before the need for salary caps. It's also a story about friendship and family. This is a very good book. I highly recommend it!

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