December 9, 2013

The Game of Life and How It’s Played: A Review of Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding

Jonathan Franzen is quoted on the dust jacket of Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding as saying “First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom.” High praise from other writers can be found on the book’s Amazon page. I had to give the book five stars even though I would have liked to deduct half a star for reasons that I’ll explain below. While reading The Art of Fielding, I kept trying to find the right word to describe the genre Harbach has invaded. Unable to do so, I’ll simply cite the league that he’s trying out for stars the likes of John Irving and Michael Chabon. Fielding is built around five characters: Schwartz, a parentless Jew […]