Calico Joe

Grisham, John

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Calico Joe
This story, based on the Cubs and Mets 1973 season follows the divergent paths of Joe Castle, a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and Warren Tracey, a hard-throwing Mets pitcher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385536070
Branch Call Number: F Gri


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Sep 15, 2014
  • Raun rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book could have been written by Mitch Albom so much does it resemble his themes of sports, sports writers and matters of the heart. I expected something more from Grisham, The "story" is too thin for a whole book (once you leave out the extensive baseball text. I like baseball just not that much). I don't recommend it. If you want something from Grisham that is not a crime drama, I recommend THE PAINTED HOUSE.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book was suggested to me by my wife, knowing my love of baseball. This is a fast-paced tale of a startlingly good rookie ballplayer, coming up against a less than great rival. The resulting conflict is heartbreaking, and the denouement speaks to the power of forgiveness."

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "The title of this novel refers to Joe Castle of Calico Rock, Arkansas. In 1973, he is thirty years old and a rising phenom in baseball. He plays for the Chicago Cubs and is loved and admired by many. The narrator of the story is Paul Tracey. He is the son of Warren Tracey, pitcher for the New York Mets and the man responsible for intentionally hurting Joe Castle during a game and ending his career. Warren is described as an abusive husband and unloving, disinterested father and recollections of the past and present events support his damaged character. Thirty years later, Warren has terminal pancreatic cancer and Pual is determined for his father to make a personal apology to Joe. At first Pual tries to achieve this through blackmail, but ultimately Warren agrees and a meeting is facilitated through Clarence Rook (the owner and sports editor of the Calico Rock Record.) This book has a great deal of baseball drama and includes game action, statistics, and baseball terminology. The story is told by alternating the past with the present and is narrated entirely through Paul Tracey. I enjoyed the book and enthusiastically recommend it."

Jun 18, 2014
  • KathysReading rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I LOVE baseball and this book was a great baseball read. It might be fiction but it seemed like I was reading non-fiction!

Mar 08, 2013
  • Boosterl16 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Once I got passed the baseball play-by-play, the story actually picked up. Now his usual kind of story, but good nonetheless.

Jan 15, 2013
  • jprp11 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good "up-lifting" story in a very short read.

Tried three times. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Perhaps a love of baseball is a requirement.

Started but not finished.

Sep 04, 2012
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A short fictional story about a baseball hitter's brilliant career for the Chicago Cubs was cut short by one mediocre pitcher of the Mets. Not a big baseball nut, I find the story shallow and pointless.

Aug 20, 2012
  • smehsuria rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great read. Really was not sure what to expect but turned out pretty good overall.

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