Good morning and welcome to Day 4 of our book club discussion of Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. Today’s discussion questions are:
- Shoeless Joe is a story about the “Great American Pastime” set on a farm in America’s heartland and featuring a character who wrote a book that could easily be considered the “Great American Novel.” What, if anything, do you think Kinsella is trying to say about America and the American dream with this book?
- In the book the past (especially as it relates to baseball) is presented in a very rose-colored, nostalgic light even though it was tainted by corruption and loss (Shoeless Joe), missed opportunities (Moonlight Graham), or was made up completely (Eddie Scissons). Why do you think that is? Is an imperfect dream better than not dreaming at all?
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