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ISBN13: 9780385536073
ISBN10: 0385536070
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JLS, September 24, 2012 (view all comments by JLS)
I just happened to see "Calico Joe" on the New Book shelf in the library. It was quite a surprise. It's not like most of Grisham's other books, but extremely well written, with a great depth of feeling. Not knowing a lot about baseball, I learned some things about attitudes and behaviors of the players that I'd never been aware of before. And it put me in touch with the passion of young folks who have a sportsperson they want to emulate, as well as the strength and pervasiveness of the deep feelings between fathers and sons who don't see eye to eye.
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bstee, August 21, 2012 (view all comments by bstee)
A bit of a disappointment. I love baseball, I love stats, I love the Cubs, I grew up in the 70's and I enjoy Grisham but this was a little too much cotton candy. The subjects were tough, a lost career, terrible father, touches on abuse, abandonment, these are heavy subjects. But we offset it with the joy of such a great little baseball story. I think I had trouble with the baseball story in that Joe was the best rookie of all time. I will say spoiler alert but not really - he broke perhaps every record possible in his short career. But knowing that an author can just pile on the rich stats, the amazing and quite unbelievable stats to a baseball fan, makes them, well unbelievable.

Throughout the book we are treated with comments about the amazing and never to be duplicated feats of Joe Castle. Yes, they were so amazing, that it took what was a very real story of a father and son on one side and offset it with a very unbelievable short baseball career on the other. Yes, this is nitpicking. However, it is like an author writing about an amazing and unbelievable Vegas winning streak. How someone wins the lottery and then wins a jackpot at a casino and then another - then crashes. The crash may be a very real story, but piling on just takes the story into the short fantasy arena.
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writermala, May 15, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
When reading a book by as skilled a writer as John Grisham one expects a level that transcends genre`s; and Grisham does not disappoint in "Calico Joe."
This is an amazing novel set in the backdrops of Major League Baseball in the 70s. It tells the poignant story of one young super talented baseball player and one adoring fan and his abusive father. The characters of Joe, Paul and Warren are really powerful yet believably so.

Grisham brings to the fore his skill as a storyteller and his passion for detail. These combine to make for a compelling, powerful novel.
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gaby317, April 3, 2012 (view all comments by gaby317)
I remember reading John Grisham years ago - when he first wrote The Firm. More than anything, he draws you in with his stories. I'd very much enjoyed his Theodore Boone books and had been looking forward to reading Calico Joe, his latest novel.

I'm not that knowledgeable about baseball, so the baseball stats in Calico Joe didn't register with me, the way that I expect they will for more baseball savvy readers. But the real story and its drama was easy to follow.

The story is told by eleven-year old Paul Tracey, the son of New York Mets pitcher Warren Tracey. As a boy, admires his father but has a healthy fear of him as well.

"Baseball was my world, and little else mattered. My father pitched for the New York Mets, and I lived and died with each game. I pitched too, for the Scrappers in the White Plains Little League, and because my father was who he was, great things were expected of me. I rarely met those expectations, but there were moments of promise."

The baseball season of 1973 is marked by the sudden appearance of young Joe Castle. Castle was sharing a cheap apartment with four other minor league players when the first baseman of the Chicago Cubs was injured. Joe was called up and found himself "starting at first and hitting seventh". Joe hit a home run on his first pitch and made baseball history. Joe Castle captured the hearts and imagination of baseball fans all around the country - and our narrator shares his own excitement and admiration of the young player.

Grisham's description of young Calico Joe and the spontaneous surge of affection from baseball fans everywhere sort of reminded me of Jeremy Lin - although I admit that many things remind me of Jeremy Lin nowadays - because of the unexpected show of talent and graciousness. Calico Joe clearly loves the game, is excited by the opportunities opening up for him, and his consistently gracious and likeable. Calico Joe is a great role model -"cocky but not the least bit arrogant" - "a fresh-faced kid who looked all of twenty-one and was on top of the world.

While "everyone was falling in love with Calico Joe", Warren Tracy was jealous of Joe's popularity, success and skill. When the New York Mets face off against the Chicago Cubs, Warren Tracy somehow hits Calico Joe. The action destroys both their professional and personal lives. Decades later, when Paul learns that his father Warren Tracy is dying of cancer, Paul tries to arrange for the men to meet. John Grisham's Calico Joe digs into the what happened that fateful day in 1973 and in the years following. Calico Joe is an engrossing story of rivalry, jealousy, vengeance, forgiveness - and baseball.

ISBN-10: 0385536070 - Hardcover $24.95
Publisher: Doubleday (April 10, 2012), 208 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
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Grisham, John
Doubleday Books
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Product details 208 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385536073 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , At long last, America’s favorite storyteller takes on America’s favorite pastime.

In this surprising and moving novel, the careers of a golden-boy rookie hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher take very different paths. The baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.

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