W. P. Kinsella’s “Shoeless Joe” is a lyrical, magical composition with the game of BASEBALL at its center and like corn stalks in the vast Iowa fields and farms, the game, gives birth and sustenance to the dreams of the young and old, reinvigorates idle minds, and reinforces the importance of family, friends and the meaning of love.
Baseball has often been used as a metaphor for America, in films, books, songs, and plays, but seldom has it achieved the radiance and beauty displayed in Mr. Kinsella’s book.
The book was the inspiration for the film, “Field of Dreams” which also happens to be one of my favorite movies. The movie, except for a few character changes, follows the plot of the book fairly closely and they perfectly complement each other. They both fully express what I imagine every die hard baseball fan feels inside, the timeless intersection between our everyday lives and the triumphs and failures of the team we root for and root against.