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Inhaltsangabe: A novel of passion and obsession, Heart of the Order is the story of Danny ("Kiss of the Wolf") Bacigalupo, a baseball player from the alleys of Chicago's North Side, whose life and career are shaped by a tragic childhood accident. Danny knows about guilt from the stern Irish women in black hoods and floor-length robes, but their words don't move him -- not until the death of Mickey Meenan. It was an accident: A line drive off Danny's bat collided with young Mickey's Adam's apple. Danny manages to shake the accident, but he can't shake the presence of Mickey. Even after fourteen years of pro ball he doesn't know whether he's Mickey or Danny, a swinger for the fences or a player who hits safely. A magic realism informs the novel and takes the form of a monologue from a father to his son. The book's first half focuses on the love between Danny and another memorable outsider, Grace Jankowski -- the fat girl with the beautiful eyes. The second half reveals the tough world of minor-league baseball and Danny's friendship with a black shortstop named Book Johnson. Throughout both sections of the novel, baseball becomes a personal crucible as Danny struggles to find himself and a single identity. Novelist David Bradley, winner of 1982's PEN/Faulkner Award, praised "the wisdom and humor of the novel's narrative voice and the stylistic risks that have transformed this straightforward story into art." A section of the novel appeared in TriQuarterly magazine; it has also been awarded the 1985 Virginia Prize for Fiction, and has won for the author a major fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
From Publishers Weekly:
Like The Natural and Shoeless Joe, this intriguing first novel uses the game of baseball for more interesting ends. The heroic ballplayer of the book is Danny Bacigalupo ("Kiss of the Wolf"), raised in the alleys of Chicago's North Side where, in a neighborhood baseball game, he accidentally kills Mickey Meenan with a hard line drive to the Adam's apple. A straightforward narrative to a pointas Danny describes his Italian family life and Catholic school education with its emphasis on guilt and retributionthe plot takes a radical turn when Mickey's spirit enters Danny's body, and the guilt-ridden ballplayer agrees to let Mickey live through him. In the second half of the book, Danny (with Mickey) embarks on a pro career starting in the Deep South. Though much of the tale's early drive and energy flags in the later sections, this is still an exciting, unusual book by a talented and challenging writer.
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Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt and Co, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used; Very Good. Page colour - ?discoloured in accordance with book age. Dust jacket is damaged. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2357609
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, 1986. Buchzustand: Good. 1st. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP94476557
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. 0030085039 Good Condition. Five star seller - Ships Quickly - Buy with confidence!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z0030085039Z3
Buchbeschreibung New York, New York, U.S.A.: Henry Holt & Co, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. 1st Edition. This is the story of Danny Kiss of the Wolf Bacigalupo, a baseball player from the alleys of Chicago's North Side, whose life and acareer are shaped by a tragic childhood accident. Has a nice illustrated Dust Jacket by Richard Mantel of a baseball player leaning on a bat. Both the non price clipped Dust Jacket and the book are in good condition. I have hundreds of baseball novels and mysteries in stock. Discounts available on multiple purchases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-628283915
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1986. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First American Edition. First Printing. Author of THE EVENING NEWS. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 012337
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Buchzustand: Very Good. First edition copy. . Good dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z02B-00735
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co., NY, 1986. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First Edition. First printing of this baseball novel written in the style of magical realism. Fine in a fine dustjacket. Perfect. (box 127). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 009039
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Company, New York, New York, 1986. Buchzustand: Near Fine/Near Fine. First printing. Octavo, 8 1/2" tall, 314 pages, black quarter-cloth. A near fine, clean, neat hard cover first edition with light shelf wear; hinges and binding tight, paper white. In a near fine dust jacket with light shelf wear and with the original price. Hardcover--quarter cloth, paper over boards. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 80
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Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt, NY, 1986. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. First edition. Novel of baseball and a man's turmoil. Three line inscription on half-title page to F-- and B-- by author in August 1986. Also signed by author on title page. Signed. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7042