Friday, July 19, 2019

FFB, July 11, 2019

Looking for a baseball review I found this reviewfrom Al Tucher, way back in 2010. 


Over the weekend of November 13-14 I attended the Crimebake conference in Dedham, Mass. On Saturday a gentleman about my age joined my breakfast table. I read his nametag and blurted, "Mr. Carkeet. I'm a big fan of The Greatest Slump of All Time."
David Carkeet's comic novel, which came out in 1984, supports my belief that baseball is life, only more so. It's the story of a major league team, each member of which suffers from a secret depression. That would be bad enough, but the team is also on a winning streak, The wrose the players feel, the more they win, and the more they win, the more like worthless frauds they feel. An excerpt says it better than I can:
"Bubba fears someone is going to break into his apartment on a dark night while he is in bed. The intruder will of course steal from him, but he will also abuse him with words. Bubba feels that the man will have every right to do this."
The scene in which the teammates break through their manly silence and share their pain is hilarious, but I won't spoil it here.
David Carkeet also wrote at least two crime novels in which a researcher in linguistics solves the mystery, and he has a new book set in Vermont called From Away. I plan to get hold of it.


Rick Robinson said...

I've read several baseball books, but not this one. Thanks for the tip!

Margot Kinberg said...

I'm not usually one for sports-themed books, but this one sounds good. Thanks, Patti

TracyK said...

I am not familiar with this book but I have one of the mysteries by Carkeet so thanks for the reminder.