20 million men and women in this country play softball. On the surface, The Softball Game is about men and their need for battles. Aggression is as coded in our DNA as is our need to reproduce. It is a fun game with laughs recalled from years playing softball. The old storyteller is reluctant to do battle. He tells the confrontation in the first person singular, episode by episode. The game is a tribal struggle played by redneck, bad guys and middle class, semi-affluent, anti-heroes. Coming to the rescue is Beth - - a woman! Beth reduces the male struggle to a farce. The driving timbre is the storytelleras experiences with three females whose lives are indirectly, obliquely, and directly affected by his wars at softball. The Softball Game is about these women. Phaedra literally hands the young warrior his first sexual experience. Entering the aman worlda still a child, he meets Bridgette his playtoy. She is a transition to adulthood and the paragon of summer love. Playing at sex with adult bodies and a childas maturity, they both lose. Then comes Beth. If you read one chapter, it should be 11. There has never been a hero like her.I went from this nurturing class to a math teacher who spent the whole period talking about the stock market or softball. ... stupid until a stupid guidance counselor told me I was too stupid to get into any college but the University of Delaware.
|Title||:||The Softball Game|
|Author||:||John L. Kinsler|
|Publisher||:||iUniverse - 2000-10-01|