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If I Never Get Back: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2007

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“A rawhide odyssey … meticulously historical.… By now the reader is asking ‘And then? And then?’ like a child listening to a storyteller.”—Time “Grabs you from line one on page one and never lets go. Enchanting.” —San Francisco Chronicle “An engrossing, even charming tale.… By its final inning, the reader is sad to see it end.” —The New York Times Book Review“A grand adventure and joyful embrace of baseball the way it ought to be played … If I Never Get Back should be required reading for players and owners as well as fans.”—The Washington Times

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A modern-day alienated man, Sam Fowler - stuck in a dead-end job, his life and marriage in disarray - abruptly finds himself transported back in time to the summer of 1869. After a wrenching period of adjustment, he finds himself rejuvenated by his involvement with the nation's first pro baseball players. He also finds himself responding to a time that seems more vital, his senses and tastes quickening as he deals with life-threatening 19th-century challenges on and off the baseball diamond. Through his attachments to the players and to a lovely woman, Caitlin O'Neill, who he seemed predestined to meet, he regains a sense of family that he desperately needs. With Sam, we voyage across post-Civil War America, visiting its smoky, turbulent cities; riding the new transcontinental over prairies and mountains to California; going to dance halls and parlour houses; witnessing financial booms and busts, and meeting notable personalities such as Mark Twain, Ulysses Grant and Jesse James. Small wonder that when Sam is thrust back, involuntarily, into modern times, he yearns to return to the world of 1869.

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Wunderbarer Roman. Eingebettet in einen historischen Kontext erzählt er von einem Sportjournalisten, der eigentlich den Verstand verliert, aber glaubhaft in die Nachkriegszeit des amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs versetzt in Geschehnisse aus Sport und Politik eingreift.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A unique time-travel novel for baseball fans 22. März 2016
Von Esther Schindler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I'm a fool for time-travel novels of any stripe, whether it's Heinlein's The Door into Summer, Michael Moorcock's Behold the Man, or Richard Matheson's Bid Time Return, which you may have seen as the movie Somewhere In Time. I love to see how the author handles a protagonist's foreknowledge, and time paradoxes, and the time traveler's perceptions of another time.

And I also love baseball. (GO DBACKS!)

So when a friend told me about this older novel, I picked up a used copy. I'm glad I did, even though my feelings about the story are mixed. It has moments of absolute wonderfulness, but the storytelling sometimes seems as though the author painted himself into a corner and couldn't find a gracious way out. There are wet footprints through the plot, as a result. And the ending is unsettling.

However, the setup and the setting are outstanding. Our hero, Sam Fowler, is a San Francisco journalist who's coping badly with a divorce, and is called to Cincinnati to deal with his father's death. When his Amtrak has an unscheduled stop, Sam wanders away from the train... and into a fog. When he emerges, he's in 1869, with the members of the Cincinnati Red Stockings -- the first paid baseball team -- clambering onto their own train. With a bit of plot arm-waving (which is fine with me), Sam gets tied into the ball club's road trip... and into their lives.

If you're a baseball fan, it's probably worth the price of the novel just for the lesson in baseball history. The rules were wholly different. The culture was unlike anything we expect. (What's a hot dog?) The technology was nonexistent (count attendance? what's a turnstile?). It's a hoot.

Even better: Brock does a great job of immersing us in a different time and place. For example, the transcontinental railroad is only four years old, and generates the kind of wonder we felt about space travel. We bump into Mark Twain, who acts just as Mark Twain would. The language differences are especially entertaining, since Sam uses anachronistic idioms that his friends don't understand ("You're kidding!"); at one point he and another "ballist" exchange insults, and neither have any idea what the other is saying.

On the other hand, the plot and love story is kind of weak, and somehow I found myself uncaring of the social issues that intertwined the events.

But it's an okay read. I won't press it on you, but I did enjoy reading the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A modern-day time-travel classic, like Time and Again, but for baseball lovers. 26. Juli 2015
Von D. Safir - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I first read this book many years ago. A couple of years ago I went on Amazon to see if I could get this book on my Kindle, as I wanted to reread it and to own it. It is that good. This book has stayed with my in my memories over the years and I wanted to relive it. I was disappointed to find it was unavailable, and wrote to Amazon that a book of this quality should be available on Kindle. Last Christmas I received a whole bunch of Amazon dollars as a gift. Early this year, I went back on Amazon just to see if this book became available and, lo and behold, it was now on Kindle. I guess they must have paid attention to me. I was thrilled and immediately bought the book. I just finished rereading it and it was everything I remembered. This is a classic time-travel book in the tradition of Jack Finney's Time and Again, but for lovers of baseball. It is expertly penned, far better than most books you will find on Kindle. It is truly a modern classic. If you've read the other reviews and the summary. you know what the story is about. Sam Fowler, a journalist hard on the booze, fresh from a divorce, in modern day San Francisco, suddenly finds himself transported to 1869 and part of the first professional baseball team - the Cincinnati Red Stockings. But this is more than just a baseball book. As with Jack Finney's book, it paints a vivid portrait of the people, the culture, the flavor of this post-Civil War time, and the flavor of the early ball players. It is truly fascinating. It has baseball (the way it was first played), a love story (not in the corny romance novel style), mystery and intrigue and so much more. Mr. Brock certainly has done his homework. It is written in the first person, through the eyes of Sam Fowler, and this gives it the ability to see the world as he sees it. Though I didn't do much research (other than to corroborate that the first pro team was, indeed, the Red Stockings in 1869) the writing is so convincing that it would be hard to believe that Mr. Brock did not research every single thing. I've read The Natural and Kinsella's baseball books, Shoeless Joe (which Field of Dreams was based on) and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy. Yet this remains my favorite baseball book. I know $10 is a bit high for a Kindle book, but, believe me, this is well worth it. One of my favorite all-time books, baseball or not. For baseball lovers, this is a must. I give it my highest recommendation.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Haven't we all wanted to run away when life seems tough? 24. Dezember 2014
Von Jeffrey Swystun - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Haven't we all wanted to run away when life seems tough? Or wanted to trade our lot for one that appears better? In many respects, time travel stories are the purist of escape novels. Daryl Brock's 1990 debut, If I Never Get Back, is great escapism especially for Sam Fowler, the main character. Sam's life is falling apart quite nicely so when he steps off an Amtrak train into 1869, it is a welcome change. So begins a highly entertaining romp that follows puts the reader deeply into early days of organized baseball.

To be honest, the baseball part (and it is a large part) did not always engage me (even though I was a star centre fielder in Grade 8). Yet, for any fan this will make the story that much more compelling. Sam ends up traveling with the Cincinnati Red Stockings team helping out as keeper of the gate monies, substitute player, and marketer. The latter part was tons of fun and as another character observes Sam has "such bold ideas!". He introduces advertising and revamps the concessions basically "inventing" ice cream sodas and ballpark hotdogs (thanks to the German frankfurter).

Two tiny events in the book were charming including Sam paying indentured rail workers for a Chinese food dinner that he was craving as it was not in supply at the time (that was something I would do) and teaching his teammates to sing "Yellow Submarine" (I would choose "Satisfaction").

There is much, much more to the novel including the why and how of his time travel, unrequited love, and living life to fullest regardless of the cards you are dealt. Along the way Sam makes friends with Samuel Clemens. Good old Mark Twain pops up in a lot of time travel novels, in this case, he plays a key role and there are nods to his "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". The atmosphere of post Civil War America is very well done. It balances that scarring event with the promise of the future...an intended or unintended allegory for Sam's life. As a frequent reviewer of books on Amazon, I am always hesitant to say, "This book should be a movie." In this case, this book should be a movie.
5.0 von 5 Sternen An Amazing Piece of Fiction 8. Dezember 2016
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Being a native of Cincinnati, and a student of old time baseball, I was mesmerized by this highly ambitious yet satisfying novel....It only takes a small leap of faith to transport Sam Fowler back to 1869, where he finds himself among the 1st all-professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Red Stockings.....The reader gets to travel by boat, rail,wagon etc going to the cities of the era.....Get a sense of how the game was played in that time.....And a very in depth look at life in Cincinnati at the time......Mr Brock's homework is extraordinary, you literally get lost in the era, as Sam did

Some of the reviewers didn't care for the romantic aspects of the novel, but I got completely lost in the story within the story between Sam and Cait..Perhaps because my 1st love was also a beautiful Irish girl, I was rooting for Sam all the way....I'll leave it at that.....An amazing piece of fiction wrapped around historical fact
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Time-Travel Book I have Read 12. Juli 2013
Von kone - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a wonderfully entertaining and informative book! It is the best book I have read this year, and by far the best time-travel book I have read.

Sam Fowler, (the central character of this historical fiction novel) is a down and out divorcee from the mid-1980's, finds himself suddenly transported back to 1869, where he happens to board a train carrying the very first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Fowler is befriended by a player of the team, and soon becomes an integral part of the Red Stockings franchise. This is an absolutely fascinating account of how our national pastime began! It certainly helps to be a baseball fan when reading this book, in fact, this book is REQUIRED reading for any true baseball aficionado, but that aside, even non-baseball fans will enjoy Fowler's adventures in post-Civil War America. Fowler meets his idol, Mark Twain, in his journey, and his conversations and interactions with him are delightful. Fowler gradually becomes aware that his transportation back in time is perhaps more a result of fate rather than circumstance. He meets certain people who reveal that they had a premonition that they were to meet him. As all this slowly and delightfully unravels, Fowler finds his life in danger from a group of Irish thugs, while at the same time, he falls madly in love with the sister of his newfound best friend. This is a book that will entrance you and delight you from first page to last. Great summer reading and a great treatise on how the game of baseball was first played and the men who played it. Top-notch reading!

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