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W. P. Kinsella
Mariner Books; 1st Mariner Books Ed edition (April 28, 1999)
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Shoeless Joe is a 1982 magic realist novel by Canadian author W. P. Kinsella which became better known due to its 1989 film adaptation, Field of Dreams.

Shoeless Joe is a 1982 magic realist novel by Canadian author W. The book was written when Kinsella attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and decided to incorporate the stories he told about the Black Sox Scandal, imagining if Shoeless Joe Jackson came back to the same city Kinsella was living in, Iowa City.

For Olive Kinsella and Margaret Elliott; for Ethel Anderson. In memory of. John Matthew Kinsella. Chapter 1: Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. More than the inspiration for the beloved film Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about dreams.

When Ray Kinsella hears these mysterious words spoken in the voice of an Iowa baseball announcer, he is inspired to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield. It is a tribute to his hero, the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson, whose reputation was forever tarnished by the scandalous 1919 World Series. What follows is a timeless story that is not so much about baseball as it is about dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The Boston Globe A moonlit novel about baseball, dreams, family, the land, and literature.

P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), as well as the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams, the film that he inspired. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading

This career retrospective celebrates the 80th birthday of baseball's greatest scribe, W. In addition to his classic baseball tales, W. Kinsella is also a short fiction writer. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

This week, Justin and Caleb discuss SHOELESS JOE by . Ray Kinsella is a below average farmer who hears a voice tell him, "If you build it, he will come. Kinsella, the book that inspired the film FIELD OF DREAMS starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liota. He takes it to mean, if he tears up a large portion of his crop and builds a baseball field, the deceased Shoeless Joe Jackson will return to play baseball. The guys discuss what they though worked in the book and how the movie holds up in comparison. Then they announce some news for the new year.

Kinsella, who wrote Shoeless Joe, the novel that became the basis for the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, and the author of numerous baseball short stories, poetry collections and several works of nonfiction, died on Friday in Hope, British Columbia. It’s a love story, really the love his characters have for the game becoming manifest in the trips they make through time and space and ether.

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The success of Shoeless Joe allowed Mr. Kinsella to quit that day job, leave academia – and Calgary. He moved to White Rock, . and wrote full time. He also lived in Vancouver. And later, this line: "Mr. Kinsella is drunk on complementary elixirs, literature and baseball, and the cocktail he mixes of the two is a lyrical, seductive and altogether winning concoction. Mr. Kinsella published nearly 30 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in his career but he was best known for Shoeless Joe – especially after the film was adapted for film as Field of Dreams.

More than the inspiration for the beloved film Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about “dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American” (Philadelphia Inquirer).


“If you build it, he will come.” These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

  • I rarely read a book after seeing the movie version, but Field of Dreams is one of my favorites, and I was curious to learn more about the near-mythical Shoeless Joe Jackson. And the movie was so unusual, I wanted to discover how much of its originality came from the book.

    I was not disappointed. The book possesses all the whimsy of the movie and then some, a kind of magical realism with a light touch. In this story, baseball is more than a sport, and the main character, Ray Kinsella is more than a fan. The sport symbolizes an idealized and simpler time, but Ray’s farm and family, the land and his sense of belonging, are a large part of the story too.

    Ray has more or less floated through life, with a sense more of wide-eyed confusion that discontent. He loves his wife and child, and finds peace on the farm, but his situation is not stable. The farm is bleeding money, and he’s at risk of losing it all. The rapid pace of technology and of big corporate interests threaten to take over the farm, to tear down the farm house he calls home, and replace it with a cinder block, computerized command center, making his precious plot a part of a much larger agribusiness.

    Ray’s worries are overshadowed not only by this threat, but by memories of his deceased father and their unresolved relationship. His father led a hard and unhappy life, except for a brief time in his youth when he followed his dream to play professional baseball.

    All these threads are brought together with eclectic fellow travelers (more than in the movie—Ray’s twin brother, who works as a carnival barker, the old man who sold Ray the farm, who claims to be the oldest living Chicago Cub). But what really separates the book from the movie is the writing. The story is told with such rich and evocative language (although occasionally a bit over the top), that reading this wonderful novel feels like waltzing through a dream.

  • I love the movie Field of Dreams. Can't stop crying when he talks to his father, and I've seen the movie at least 20 times. So I wanted to read the book. The narrative is pretty similar, but as in all movies based on books, the characters are more developed in the book. And the book spoke to me as the movie did. I can't explain it, something about dead fathers and sons and baseball and, in my case, an America of long as ago that somehow was simpler than the one of today. As I said, I can't explain it, but I loved it.

  • I'll admit upfront that 'Field of Dreams' is one of my favorite all-time movies and I'll also admit I'd never read the book it was based on. Or for that matter any of W.P. Kinsella's writings. Now, having started with such a high achievement as 'Shoeless Joe', I can't wait to read much more. If you know the movie, then you know the plot of the book and for once Hollywood was wise enough to stick with the story. If you've never seen 'Field of Dreams' or perhaps wasn't as big a fan as I am, I still suggest you sink yourself into this well-told tale., particularly if you like baseball. Clearly W.P. Kinsella loved the game and that love is evident on nearly every page either through baseball metaphors or simply statistical data that only a lover of the game would supply. The book's protagonist, Ray Kinsella, (a thin disguise for the writer's part in the book) hears a voice in his cornfield uttering the now famous "If you build it, he will come". And with a supportive wife and doting young daughter, Kinsella does exactly that-builds a ballpark in his front yard. But with each element completed there are more tasks to follow leading him to meet J.D. Salinger, the writer of the seminal novel "Catcher in the Rye". This is a bit surprising as Salinger is obviously a real person and one wonders how he felt hearing that he was now a participant in Kinsella's novel. Regardless, Salinger's appearance allows for musings on creativity and writing as well as building an unlikely friendship between the two. For me, the remarkable power in Kinsella's storytelling of a modern day fairytale is how wells he blends reality, baseball, fantasy, love and the strength of a determined imagination. This novel is not to be missed. Just as the movie did so powerfully, this book will leave you with that feeling that sometimes we have to listen and follow the dream, even when others are skeptical. And just like stopping to smell the roses, pick up the old glove and take time to throw a few.

  • I have never found a book that was the basis for a movie to not be better until I read this one. Maybe the movie was just that good - and Kinsella deserves all the credit for this incredible story about life and death; and all the hopes and dreams that come between those two. The book touches on the undeniable bond between fathers and son's based on a mutual passion for baseball - but the movie's ability to add the visual element, as well as eliminate many of the detractors in the book, was a more effective manner in which to tell this story.

  • Field of Dreams is one of my all time favourite movies and I have always wanted to learn more about Shoeless Joe. However, I don't understand the technical intricacies of baseball so was not sure whether I would really get W P Kinsella's book. I need not have worried, because the story is beautifully written and is about baseball but lots more. And the baseball details are fascinating, presented in a delightful and most enjoyable way. I loved the Insertion of J D Salinger into the story and their manic road trip from New England to Iowa. I loved their finding the oldest living member of Black Sox team and his joining their quest, but best of all was what the crazy idea of building your own baseball diamond meant for Ray's own father and his son. Long live Shoeless Joe Jackson.