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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.
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