Hitting into the Wind
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Titel: Hitting into the Wind
Verlag: Random House, US
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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A collection of stories about baseball contains the tale of a minor league player who fears that he will never make it, an umpire experiencing marital problems, and a man who collects old baseballs. 20,000 first printing.From Publishers Weekly:
All of the 30 stories in this fine first collection by poet Meissner ( Learning to Breathe Underwater ) boast a baseball underpinning. As is the case in the best sports fiction, the game is usually a pretext for an examination of deeper issues and emotions. Most of these tales, few of them longer than 10 pages, are about the ways in which the game brings people together or drives them apart. A minor-league umpire, unable to deal with his emotions, finds his embittered wife drifting away from him in "Things Are Always So Close." Another variation on the theme, "What About the World," records the frustration of the wife of a middle-aged man who is obsessed with the game; she finally leaves him. In "Ancient Fires," the strongest offering in the book, playing catch becomes a vehicle for exploring the distance between a father and his son. Conversely, in "Baseball, Fathers and Dreams" the memory of the time an eight-year-old boy caught a foul ball serves as a poignant link among three generations of a family. For Meissner, baseball is a bulwark against change, against the painful, even tragic evanescence of life itself. The best stories in this collection express that feeling with great tenderness. Several others are little more than prose poems, evocations of the green geometry of the sport; a few are quite slight. At his best, Meissner's slightly out-of-kilter couples are reminiscent of Raymond Carver's.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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