Calico Joe (Versione italiana)

Calico Joe (Versione italiana)

by John Grisham
     
 
Due uomini diversi per età, carattere, personalità. Ma accomunati dalla stessa professione: il baseball. Uno è Warren Tracey, donnaiolo, alcolista e pessimo padre che, ormai sul viale del tramonto, gioca le sue ultime partite nei Mets di New York, appesantito dagli anni e dalla frustrazione per una carriera che avrebbe voluto diversa. L'altro è

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Due uomini diversi per età, carattere, personalità. Ma accomunati dalla stessa professione: il baseball. Uno è Warren Tracey, donnaiolo, alcolista e pessimo padre che, ormai sul viale del tramonto, gioca le sue ultime partite nei Mets di New York, appesantito dagli anni e dalla frustrazione per una carriera che avrebbe voluto diversa. L'altro è l'astro nascente Joe Castle, ventun anni, originario di Calico Rock, nel profondo Arkansas, che sta mietendo successi nelle file dei Cubs di Chicago. La popolarità di Joe è alle stelle: il clamore dei suoi record e delle sue prodezze echeggia dalle tivù e dalle radio di tutto il paese, rendendolo in breve tempo l'idolo dei fan del baseball, primo fra tutti Paul Tracey, il figlio undicenne di Warren. È il 1973 quando suo padre si ritrova finalmente faccia a faccia con Joe sul diamante dello Shea Stadium di New York in una partita che passerà tristemente alla storia. Sotto gli occhi attoniti del figlio, Warren lancia una palla veloce che cambierà per sempre i destini dei due giocatori. Dopo trent'anni, Paul non ha dimenticato quell'incontro, che ha irrimediabilmente segnato la vita del formidabile atleta entrato nella Hall of Fame del baseball come Calico Joe. Ma Warren è gravemente ammalato e Paul, pur non avendo da tempo alcun rapporto con lui, vuole che i suoi ultimi giorni siano un'occasione per riscattarsi da un'esistenza mediocre e lo convince a compiere un gesto semplice ma memorabile. Maestro indiscusso del legal thriller, John Grisham questa volta regala al lettore una storia indimenticabile sui valori più autentici che rendono la vita degna di essere vissuta. Calico Joe è un romanzo commovente, incentrato sul tema del perdono e della seconda possibilità che la vita può offrire a ognuno.

Editorial Reviews

Steven V. Roberts
John Grisham's legal thrillers are dense and hefty, full of twists and turns and tension. His latest novel, Calico Joe, is not like that at all. It's a sweet, simple story, a fable really. And like all fables, it has a moral: Good can come out of evil; it's never too late to confess your sins and seek forgiveness…if you believe in redemption—and who doesn't—you won't be disappointed. Grisham knows baseball as well as he knows crime.
—The Washington Post

It took just one pitch to change the lives of Cub slugger "Calico Joe" Castle and Mets hurler Warren Tracey. The paths of the rookie phenom and the hard-throwing, hard-partying pitcher converged in that terrible moment, but it is what they did in the months and years beyond that truly shaped their fate. A John Grisham novel bound to be a Father's Day gift.

Sessalee Hensley

Kirkus Reviews
Only one player in Major League Baseball history has been hit and killed by a pitch, but bean balls—balls thrown near the head—have ended careers. Grisham's (The Litigators, 2011, etc.) novel imagines the act and its consequences. It's 1973, another magic baseball season. The National League East has six teams contending, among them the traditionally hapless Chicago Cubs, soon jinxed once again when its first baseman is injured. Now the Cubs must add a minor leaguer to the roster. That's Joe Castle, a kid from Calico Rock, Ark. Calico Joe immediately begins to set rookie records, leading the Cubs to the top of the standings. Watching from New York is Paul Tracey, a baseball fan as avid as only an 11-year-old boy can be. In fact, Paul's father pitches for the New York Mets, but Warren Tracey, "accustomed to getting whatever he wanted," is a jerk. Warren is a journeyman pitcher, solid in an occasional game, kicked around from one team to another, never an All Star. Warren also abuses his family, drinks and chases women. The novel unfolds from Paul's adult perspective, with flashbacks. The crucial plot point comes in a flashback when Calico Joe, putting up "mind-boggling" numbers over 38 games, meets Warren in Shea Stadium and hits a home run. During his next at bat, as part of some unwritten "code," Warren goes head-hunting and beans the young player. Calico Joe's career is over, and he drifts home to Calico Rock, partially paralyzed, speech impeded, to work as a groundskeeper rather than earning a plaque in baseball's Hall of Fame. Decades later, long estranged from his father, Paul learns that Warren is dying of pancreatic cancer, and he decides to force his father to confront what he did to Joe Castle. Interestingly, the novel's most fully formed character is Warren, and while the narrative and settings are solid, the story drifts toward a somewhat unsatisfying, perhaps too easy, conclusion. A reconciliation story, Hallmark style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788852027185
Publisher:
MONDADORI
Publication date:
06/22/2012
Sold by:
ARNOLDO MONDADORI - EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
923 KB

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Meet the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia
Date of Birth:
February 8, 1955
Place of Birth:
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Education:
B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981
Website:
http://www.jgrisham.com

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