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The Art of Fielding
by Harbach, Chad
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1. Does male friendship always involve competition? In what ways? Can men ever be just friends? Are their relationships more competitive than those between women?

2. Harbach never writes from Owens point of view. In what ways did this affect your understanding of Owens character? Of his feelings toward Guert? Is their relationship one-sided, or perfectly reciprocal?

3. After hitting Owen and losing his accuracy, Henry immerses himself in grueling physical activity: running the stadium steps, racing Starblind, doing endless chin-ups, swimming in the lake. Why does he do this? Is his body to blame for his throwing problems? Discuss the relationship between the body and the mind in The Art of Fielding.

4. Are Pella and Henry in love? What brings them together? Why do they stay together?

5. In Aparicio Rodriguezs The Art of Fielding, he writes: There are three stages: Thoughtless being. Thought. Return to thoughtless being. He adds: Thoughtless being is attained by everyone, the return to thoughtless being by a very few. What do you think this means? How does it relate to Chad Harbachs book?

6. It has been said that baseball is a metaphor for life. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Additional discussion questions from: Princeton Book Review
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