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American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith [Anglais] [Relié]

Red Smith , Daniel Okrent

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SHAQ GOLDSTEIN SAYS: A DOUBLE BIBLE... A BIBLE OF NEARLY 50 YEARS OF SPORTS COLUMNS... & A BIBLE OF ARTISTIC... USE OF WORDS 18 mai 2013
Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Red Smith is inarguably one of the ten greatest sportswriters in history... and it wasn't just for the near half-century that he blessed the world with his pristine prose... that ranged from Ebbets Field... to boxing canvases'... to pristine lakes and rivers... to horse tracks... to many... many bars in between. When I was a kid of eight years old and started inhaling sports books and biographies and encyclopedias... almost every one had a quote from... or a reference to... Red Smith... so his greatness will live on for eternity through innumerable hardcover archives. He could make you laugh... he could make you cry... and his columns ranged from his anger with a cowardly Jersey Joe Walcott... to the death of Babe Ruth... to his one "sportly" participation... fishing... and his otherworldly use of words could actually tie such diverse locales together as if they were born to. One great example is somehow... almost magically connecting a heavyweight boxing match to the pursuit of a trout:

"On a cast across the brook, the fly was swept close to the concrete abutment. In the clear, swift water there was a flash of pursuit, but the attacker merely pawed with a light jab, then turned and fled like Jersey Joe Walcott. Neither insult nor bribe could tempt him back to fight like a man."

Oh, my Lord... what a blessing... the invention of words... for Red Smith... and I'm sure the almighty creator of words feels he was blessed by Red Smith!

There are over 500 pages in this book... and over 150 priceless columns from Red Smith... they are so spectacular... that they can make a sports fanatic weep... and jump for joy simultaneously... and the same can be said for a college professor of creative writing. There are two ways I can see enjoying this book... the first is reading a few sports columns at a time... thereby savoring such a precious priceless collection... or putting your head down... and reading one column after another... like there may never be another... and after a couple of days you realize you didn't stop at times and places you thought you would. My plans were for the former... but I wound up with the latter.

In addition to the boundless treasure of rarefied literature provided by Red Smith within... this book also contains another rarity... a stunning introduction by the editor Daniel Okrent... that means something... that touches you... in the knowledge of the undulating respect... and awe... that he views Red Smith with. Mr. Okrent tells you what qualities of Red... he deems most inspiring... and gives just enough examples to titillate your desires to jump in with both eyes... heart... and soul... without ever giving away too much.

The columns are broken down into the following categories: BASEBALL 1934-1951 - SPORTS IN THE FORTIES - FISHING FOR TROUT - SPORTS IN THE FIFTIES - BASEBALL 1952-1961 - SPORTS IN THE SIXTIES - FISHING FOR BASS - SPORTS IN THE SEVENTIES - BASEBALL 1962-1981.

A copy of this book should be enshrined in multiple Halls Of Fame.. and it should also be used as a text book in creative writing classes in multiple institutions of higher learning!

Note: I originally finished my review with the sentence above... but I actually had a page folded back to remember in the book. Since the editor listed this quote in his introduction and it certainly didn't diminish the emotional and intellectual impact for me... I don't believe it will do anything but mesmerize any potential reader. It's Red Smith's opening sentences in his infamous column after the New York Giants defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers with Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" in the 1951 playoff decider:

"NOW IT IS DONE. NOW THE STORY ENDS. AND THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL IT. THE ART OF FICTION IS DEAD. REALITY HAS STRANGLED INVENTION. ONLY THE UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE, THE INEXPRESSIBLY FANTASTIC, CAN EVER BE PLAUSIBLE AGAIN."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My Rating Is Based on Those Columns That I Read 27 juin 2013
Par Bill Emblom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have all of the books that have come out on Red Smith's columns and I must admit I buy them for the baseball that is included in each one. In addition to the baseball in this book I also read those on football and boxing. Those on golf, fishing, and horse racing I did not read. Red has said in other books that he finds basketball "boring." I didn't see any basketball stories of note in the book. Therefore, my rating of five stars is based on those columns I have read. If you enjoy sports I would certainly suggest you buy a copy of this book from one of America's premier sports writers. My personal favorite sports writers were Jim Murray, Wells Twombly, and Joe Falls all of whom have passed on.

This book is heavy on baseball columns from Red Smith's past in addition to columns on various pertinent happenings from the 1940s through the 1970s on other sports as well.

I would strongly suggest those interested in learning to write or become a sports writer to read the various sports writers including this book by Red Smith. I'm sure you will come away with writing tips that would prove to be beneficial. Red had a unique skill in putting words together to make his point humorous and enlightening.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Bard of Baseball and Others.... 12 août 2013
Par Figaro - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Library of America has truly hit a grand slam with this superb collection of Red Smith's writings. The consummate master of the 800-word essay, Smith, likely our greatest sports writer (among many fine candidates), is probably best known for his baseball writing, though he brought his inimitable style and insight to other sporting endeavors. Horse racing and boxing were particular passions; e.g., his columns on the death of Seabiscuit (everybody remembers the book and movie) and the then-Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight are particularly noteworthy. But baseball was his "center of gravity." His insights into personality, character, and circumstance are simply masterful. Arguably his most representative baseball column was that on Bobby Thompson's "shot heard 'round the world" home run given the New York Giants the pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. A wonderful collection to get lost in. If Smith's writings are not used in English composition classes, they clearly should be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review of American Pastimes 22 juillet 2013
Par Malcolm Farmer III - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This collection provides a completely representative presentation of Red Smith's extraordinarily excellent sports writing.As a 73 year old sports fan I appreciated the many fond memories brought back by Red Smith's columns about dramatic characters and events of American sports' heyday.The very high literary quality of his writng is sorely missed today.Daniel Okrent has done a terrific job of choosing columns which accurately portray the decades of sports covered by Red Smith while leaving no doubt about the qulalities of truly great sports writing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 17 juin 2013
Par ALICE H. WILSON - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent writer. Can pick it up and put down any time. Anyone who likes any sport will like this book!
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