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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    The boys of fall

    This book is amazing i will never forget the first time i ever read it

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Where are They Now? The Boys of Summer is by Roger Kahn, a spor

    Where are They Now?
    The Boys of Summer is by Roger Kahn, a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and was fortunate to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune in the 1950s. The book is about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is also about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them.
    Throughout the book it revealed the messages of prejudice and courage, and triumph and disaster. It covered the relationships between fathers and sons. It was all told with warmth, humor, wit, honesty, and love. It was an overall novel about America.
    I thought that Roger Kahn did a fabulous job writing the novel, The Boys of Summer. He broke the book up into two books which really helped with organization. The first book was Kahn’s memoir of growing up in Brooklyn. It was very personal and was revealing of the people and the society of the time, which I really liked. At the beginning of the book I would get very confused because he jumped between his childhood and writing for the Dodgers, which I did not like. The second book was more engaging; Kahn tracks down all the players in the 70's and writes about what happened to them since. Throughout his book he had a lot of detail, which was a good asset for this book. The experience is aided by the attention to tone and attitude as well as the personalities of the players so you can practically hear what everyone is saying. I believe that when Kahn explicitly writes about baseball, he gets overblown and has way too much that you just can’t help but skim over, but when he writes about the men who played the game he allows them and their actions to speak for themselves.
    This is a great story for anyone, especially those who are fans of baseball. If you are not a fan of baseball, however, do not be scared off. Baseball serves as the backdrop, but it is much more about life: having to deal with adversity, whether in forms of racism or personal crises, and the importance of teamwork and compassion. The book leaps into the culture of the 1950s. The book makes very clear that while the main characters in the story are professional athletes, they are normal people as well, facing typical, and some not so typical, problems. I would give this book an overall rating of four out of five stars.
    Other recommended works would be Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis and Ball Four, by Jim Bouton. Both are books about stories of ball players and the struggles and obstacles that they overcome to play the game that they love.

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