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The Iowa Baseball Confederacy
     

The Iowa Baseball Confederacy

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by W. P. Kinsella
 

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Bearing W.P. Kinsella's trademark combination of "sweet-natured prose and a richly imagined world" (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Iowa Baseball Confederacy tells the story of Gideon Clark, a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world that the indomitable Chicago Cubs traveled to Iowa in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against an amateur league, the

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Bearing W.P. Kinsella's trademark combination of "sweet-natured prose and a richly imagined world" (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Iowa Baseball Confederacy tells the story of Gideon Clark, a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world that the indomitable Chicago Cubs traveled to Iowa in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against an amateur league, the Iowa Baseball Confederacy. But a simple game somehow turned into a titanic battle of more than two thousand innings, and Gideon Clark struggles to set the record straight on this infamous game that no one else believes ever happened.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the day he met his true love, a carnival performer named Darling Maudie, Matthew Clarke was literally struck by lightning and magically imbued with the knowledge that in 1908 the Chicago Cubs had traveled to Onamata, Iowa, to play a seemingly endless game against an all-star amateur team, the Iowa Baseball Confederacy. He spends the rest of his life trying to prove this fact to the worldeven writing a dissertation on itbut no one else remembers the Confederacy or the game. When Matthew commits an imaginative suicide (by allowing himself to be hit by a stray line drive), his son Gideon, the hero of this tale, inherits his father's obsession. With the help of an old family friend who has a glimmer of memory of the game, Gideon and a friend, Stan, travel back through time to 1908, to witness the event and to learn about the mysterious forces that caused a memory lapse in those who witnessed it. In his first novel since Shoeless Joe, Kinsella returns to the magical turf he created there: a loving mixture of baseball, life and fantasy, in a world where dreams don't have to come true, because they have a validity all their own. (April 7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618340804
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/14/2003
Edition description:
None
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
337,710
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author


W. P. Kinsella (1935-2016) was the author of numerous works of fiction, including the best-selling Shoeless Joe, for which he won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, and eleven highly acclaimed short story collections.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 25, 1935
Date of Death:
September 16, 2016
Place of Birth:
Edmonton, Alberta
Education:
University of Victoria
Website:
http://wpkinsella.com

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The Iowa Baseball Confederacy: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this story when I was twelve. My father had just finished it, and passed it on to me. Sure, it's a little crazy at times, but in some strange way it is something of a love story. There's a deep sense of loss and longing surrounding the main character. Kinsella uses the book as a way to reaffirm his passion for baseball. He even uses the game's lack of timekeeping and the fact that fair territory is infinite as plot devices. I have always loved this book. If you love baseball, you will love this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you looking for another 'Shoeless Joe' keep looking. This book is slow. When it gets to the 2,000 inning baseball game it gets crazy. Picture a statue playing first base, a 50 foot indian ghost killing players via lightening, the town flooding, and pitchers intentionally killing batters so the game won't end and you've got total mayhem! Don't waste time on this one. Move on !
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Iowa Baseball Confederacy' is one of the best books I have ever read. I decided to check it out a few years ago, and I've read it over and over since then. I picked it up because I love baseball, but you don't have to even like baseball to like this book. It has elements of science fiction, fantasy, a love story, action, everything. I'd recommend it to anybody, it's a great book :)