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le 30 novembre 2014
Il va falloir que je relise les explications sur le Baseball : je n'ai pas tout assimilé (il faut avoir papier/crayon en lisant cette partie) mais le jeu est un peu plus clair maintenant. Il est à espérer que les lanceurs pro n'aient pas la mentalité du vilain de l'histoire... Le livre est bien mené comme toujours avec Monsieur Grisham.
Je suis si fière quand mes anciens ont une carrière intéressante voire brillante = j'aurais du mal à pardonner que l'une d'elles soit brisée de la sorte. Life goes on... dur dur.
De quoi méditer sur un roman.
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le 2 juillet 2013
....peut être parce que le livre traite de ce satané cancer et que j'en ai ras-le-bol d'en entendre parler? certainement aussi parce que l'anglais n'étant pas ma langue natale et n'étant pas une fan de sport...les longs passages flash-back sur les matches de baseball m'ont paru interminables et assez incompréhensibles...même si grisham a fait l'effort de créer un lexique des termes employés dans ce sport pour éclairer la lanterne de ses lecteurs ne venant pas d'amérique :-)
Au final, l'histoire se déplie assez rapidement et dès mi-parcours on devine le "qui /quoi /comment /pourquoi". Bref je mets 3 étoiles parce Grisham , tout comme Connelly, çà fait partie de mon top 5 et que c'est toujours avec plaisir que je le lis...mais sur ce coup là j'ai pas aimé le sujet. J'attaque maintenant Litigators!
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le 13 janvier 2015
John Grisham (JG) has tens of thousands of fans in Europe reading his creations in English or in translation. But this book will confuse and disturb many, esp. female readers, whilst French, German, etc. translations are unlikely to appear (unlike possible Spanish, Korean or Japanese versions). Why? Because it deals with baseball and baseball is no big deal in Europe. Only Italy and the Netherlands have a longish baseball tradition with promotion/relegation leagues and a small fan base.
So it is useful to understand the game, its rules and rich vocabulary before buying this riveting tale about the lives of (fictional) veteran pitcher Warren Tracey (34; NY Mets) and (fictional) upstart slugger Joe Castle (21; Chicago Cubs) and their fateful encounter in late August of 1973. The story is told by Warren’s son Paul more than thirty years after the event. Also, thirty years since he played or watched a game of baseball himself. He was 11 when it happened and a great fan of Joe Castle, a newcomer (‘rookie’) making an instant impression, breaking record after record. He also describes his feelings about his awful, philandering, hard-drinking and indifferent father, who adheres to old codes about pitchers’ honor.
Watching with his mother in Shea stadium the duel between his dad and his hero Calico Joe, little Paul is the only fan to see it coming, knowing his dad too well… The rest is for readers to enjoy and devour, because this is a superbly plotted- and written tale of lifelong shame for father and son. This reader expects much debate by fans about how Grisham concluded the tale. But he imagined a story and told it well.
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le 7 novembre 2015
I'm so disappointed by this book. I bought it trustfully because I do enjoy reading JG. novels.
Unfortunately, this one is all about baseball that I don't know and don't appreciate at all
Anyway, I've tried and read a couple pages..and definitely closed it.
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le 5 mars 2014
I bought this for my husband for Christmas – he's a huge baseball fan. However, you have to be a huge Mets fan to really enjoy this. It's meticulously factual as one might expect from Mr Grisham. Now if he were to write about the Cleveland Indians...
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le 30 septembre 2012
Anyone that became a teenager in the early 1970's will immediately take to John Grisham's "Calico Joe." Especially one that grew up in New York and liked baseball. I know, I was one of them. Grisham's book revolves around a washed up, aging picture for the New York Mets named Paul Tracy and his mercurial, volatile relationship with his son Paul. Added in is a rookie phenom for the Cubs named Joe Castle. Castle, dubbed "Calico Joe," sets major league records in his 1973 rookie debut for consecutive games safely hit. Paul Castle fell in love with Calico Joe, even keeping a scrapbook of his accolades unbeknownst to his father. Grisham portrays Warren as a philanderer, a beanball artist, a drunkard and an abusive husband and father. Shades of the Tony Conigliaro incident are introduced when the Cubs come into town to play the Mets with the National League East pennant on the line. With Paul and his disgruntled mother in the stands at Shea Stadium, the two watch as Castle goes up against his father after successfully pounding Warren for a hit his first time up.

The "code of baseball" is introduced, at least Warren's conception of it. If a batsman shows up the pitcher in any way the previous at bat, or is a cocky rookie, the next at bat will surely be a beanball. However, Warren was a cruel, mean "headhunter," and demanded Paul be like him in playing Little League. Without any remorse, the senior Tracy will throw at anyone's head as revenge, rarely missing. In Castle's second at bat, the lives of both the Castle and Tracy are forever changed. The ironies involved and the unpredictable twists of fate make this novel truly amazing. The names thrown out, e.g. Tom Seaver, Bobby Murcer, Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, etc., bring back such vivid memories of a reader's lost youthhood that it is impossible to not love and embrace this fantastically written novel. Even more realistic are the memories Grisham introduces, such as his descriptions of the Long Island Railroad being ridden, Willets Point in Flushing and both old Shea and Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, etc., with fitting descriptions of the temperaments of the fans of each. Grisham fast forwards forty years later and cleverly plays out a scenario involving Warren, dying of cancer, a caustic Paul and a forever enfeebled Joe Castle.

The realism is strikingly apparent, regardless of Grisham's introduction of a fictional protagonist. In fact, the author cleverly let former Cub infielder Don Kessinger proof read and correct "Calico Joe" for realism. Kessinger's interjections make this story so absorbing, captivating and realistic that anyone reading this cannot but be spellbound by "Calico Joe." Memories flash of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and Tony C. Mays was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1929. Despite impressive career statistics, he is primarily remembered for throwing a beanball on August 16, 1920, that struck and killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians, making Chapman the only Major League player to die as a direct result of an injury sustained on the field. Similarly, Tony Conigliaro nicknamed "Tony C" played for the Boston Red Sox during their "Impossible Dream" season of 1967. He was hit in the face by a pitch from Jack Fisher, causing a severe eye injury and derailing his career. Though he would make a dramatic comeback from the injury, his career was not the same afterwards. Whether you like baseball or not, "Calico Joe" has something for any reader, guaranteeing a satisfying read!
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le 12 août 2014
This is a touching story and gripped me most of the way through. I must say I prefer
Grisham's earlier books to his more recent ones.
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le 3 avril 2013
Ce livre n'a rien à voir avec le Grisham classique
Si vous aimez le baseball. OK
Je ne le comprends pas
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