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Take Time for Paradise - Americans and Their Games - cover

Take Time for Paradise - Americans and Their Games

A. Bartlett Giamatti

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

A philosophical musing on sports and play, this wholly inspiring and  
utterly charming reissue of Bart Giamatti's long-out-of-print final  
book, Take Time for Paradise, puts baseball in the context of  
American life and leisure. Giamatti begins with the conviction that our  
use of free time tells us something about who we are. He explores the  
concepts of leisure, American-style. And in baseball, the quintessential 
 American game, he finds its ultimate expression. "Sports and leisure  
are our reiteration of the hunger for paradise- for freedom  
untrammeled." Filled with pithy truths about such resonant subjects as  
ritual, self-betterment, faith, home, and community, Take Time for Paradise 
 gives us much more than just baseball. These final, eloquent thoughts  
of "the philosopher king of baseball" (Seattle Weekly) are a joyful,  
reverent celebration of the sport Giamatti loved and the country that  
created it.

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