As a non-fiction entry in his oeuvre, Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season doesn’t count towards the completion of number 66 on my list (Read all novels written by Stephen King). Even so, as part of the collection, I had to read it eventually.
For someone who knows just the basics of baseball — hit the ball, pass all three bases, reach the home plate to score, holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it!, three strikes and you’re out, three outs and you’re done — I found Faithful to be a tough cookie. Basically, a dairy of two Boston Red Sox fans just too much private fascination for me to really enjoy. Especially as I’m totally not invested in the subject and there’s a lot of baseball jargon that goes unexplained: what the heck is a sac fly? a grounder? being K’d out? Finally: already knowing that the Sox will win the World Series, breaking their 86 year drought, doesn’t really help the suspense.
Unless you’re a total Stephen King or baseball/Red Sox nut, you shouldn’t feel bad about skipping this one.
- Book Read
- Steward O’Nan & Stephen King — Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season
- First line
- It wasn’t always like this.