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3.00595238095238 out of 53.00595238095238 out of 53.00595238095238 out of 53.00595238095238 out of 53.00595238095238 out of 5 3.01 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Gratz Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At its heart a novel about a boy who loves baseball, this suspenseful tale is about a boy who must choose between two ways of life--but finds a way to bridge them.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/3/2014

    " I'm not usually into either A) baseball or B) samurai, but my attention was captivated by this dense, thought-provoking novel. Samurai Shortstop sets its major theme, the clash of modern Western values with tradition Japan in the 1890s, with the ritual suicide of Toyo's uncle, one of a dying breed of samurai. Throughout the book, Toyo becomes aware of these values in his elite boarding school, and especially through the baseball games that he believes perfectly encompass many of the traditional samurai concepts of working in harmony. An unusual work of historical fiction that likely will be devoured by those who discover its charms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting historical fiction about turn-of-the-century Japan and the clash between tradition and modernization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathy | 12/16/2013

    " As Japan becomes colonialized by the U.S., American customs like baseball gain popularity while traditions like Samurais are outlawed. Toyo Shimeda's uncle Koji takes his life following a failed rebellion against the emperor and Koji's father rails everything modern in his newspaper articles and plans to take his life by sekuru. Koji, though loves baseball and trains and doesn't understand his father or uncle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andre Joseph | 12/10/2013

    " In the book Toyo family used to be samurai. Since samurai are not allowed anymore aToyo uncle commited seppeku. Toyo is afraid his father will follow. Meanwhile at Ichiko toyo wants to make the baseball team. He is also learning the ways of Bushido. Then in the end he makes the baseball team, his father didnt commit suppeku, and he learned Bushido. "

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