For Love of the Game

For Love of the Game

by Michael Shaara

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For Love of the Game by Michael Shaara

Billy Chapel is a baseball legend, a man who has devoted his life to the game he loves and plays so well. But because of his unsurpassed skill and innocent faith, he has been betrayed. Now it's the final game of the season, and Billy's got one last chance to prove who he is and what he can do, a chance to prove what really matters in this life. A taut, compelling story of one man's coming of age, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME is Michael Shaara's final novel, the classic finish to a brilliantly distinguished literary career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345408914
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1929 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening PostCosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1966 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published posthumously after his death in 1988.

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For Love of the Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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RicoGM More than 1 year ago
Mr. Sharra must love baseball. He has crafted a character in Billy Chapel who touches all of us who love/enjoy baseball. Billy comes of age later than most. He grows up through a most joyful and yet poignant life event. This is a stand alone book that is a good springboard for a "Man's Romance" movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding read, I think it is a unique blend of baseball and some of the relationships of the people.It is very entertaining and a quick enjoyable read. I would recommend it to any baseball fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing is superior in this book, but I agree with the previous reviewer who said that focusing more on the perfect game aspect and less on the personal relationships would have heightened the plot. Still a good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had planned on buying the book before I read your review. After watching the movie, I would have been thrown for a loop when I read the difference. Thanks again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I saw the movie first, and the movie and book complement each other in a great way. The movie had more detail, but the book had a great underlying message. I find it ironic that this book was published after the death of this great author, as it could truly be said of the author's life. Sharra sadly left us when he was at the top of his game, as did Billy Chapel in the book. Sharra was a fine author, and this is an amazing last book by the great author. You could read this book in a night, and I guarantee that it would be a night well spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen the Kevin Costner film before reading the book it was based on, but tried to read it as unbiased as I could. The book had its moments, but seemed jumbled at times. The baseball moments resonated, but the relationship memories were disjointed and didn't seem to fit in w/ the story. If it had been simply a story of a baseball pitcher who attempting to achieve perfection and yet failed to live a perfect life (relationships included), then I would have enjoyed it a bit more. A good story, but yet it did yield a bloop single in the top of the ninth.