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The Golem's Mighty Swing af James Sturm
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The Golem's Mighty Swing (udgave 2001)

af James Sturm (Forfatter)

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James Sturm pens this richly evocative graphic novel set in the 1920s. The Stars of David, a barnstorming Jewish baseball team, travel from town to town earning a living by playing local squads. They all sport beards, a gimmick to attract patrons but when financial difficulties threaten to end their season they cast their lot with a Chicago promoter who has just seen the hugely successful German silent film Der Golem... With the golem, a baseball game is transformed into a mythical pageant. Fear and curiosity fills the stadium, but it also stokes the flames of anti-Semitism. Winning the game for the Stars of David becomes less important then surviving it. With a sepia-tinted cinematic style, this compelling book reminds us that making it home is at the heart of baseball.… (mere)
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Titel:The Golem's Mighty Swing
Forfattere:James Sturm (Forfatter)
Info:Drawn & Quarterly Books (2001), 100 pages
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Nice choice of setting and subject. Too much time on the minutaie of baseball. At 100 pages, feels a bit slight and incomplete. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
Just realized I did not write a little note on this one after I read it. Anyhow, this was a nice little book looking at a Jewish baseball team in the 1920s. The book gives a good look not only at baseball in a time of traveling exhibition teams, but it also looks at a time when racism and ignorance were common and rampant (I could make the crack about how that has not changed. Oh wait, I just did). Anyhow, the book has a good story, and the art is very good. The art complements the story nicely, and it enhances the feel of the story's ambiance. I picked it up at the local public library, and I am glad I did for I got a chance to read something different. It did feel a bit short, but that's ok. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
THE GOLEM’S MIGHTY SWING snuck up on me. Despite being aware of some glowing reviews before my reading of the story, my expectations were subdued--I could not imagine that something so spare with its dialogue and relatively few frames for its hundred pages could wield such power. As I read though I began to feel the slights suffered by the almost all Jewish baseball team barnstorming 1920s America. Despite baseball’s laconic nature, the turns of fortune are usually sudden and thus hitting with all the more power. So it is for these characters. Race and religion should not impact the rules of baseball but they do. They should have no place on a ball field, but are carried onto it every time cleats cross the chalk lines. I felt the smooth wood of a bat and the rough hewn benches of the visitor’s dugout—Blacks and Jews are often still in the visitor’s dugout. Each character is indelible after just a few words so you have little choice but to feel what they feel. All of this sharpened the disappointment I felt at the conclusion. While I understood that realistically the final game couldn’t be completed, we are waiting for the finish of that game still, but ending the book so suddenly with an odd and detached “and many years later” little addendum left me flummoxed. I actually checked the binding of my copy to make sure there weren’t some pages missing. Aside from that unfortunate choice, still highly recommend this wonderful work. ( )
  KurtWombat | Sep 15, 2019 |
Narrated by Noah Strauss or as he calls himself “the Zion Lion,” manager and third baseman for the Stars of David minor league baseball club touring and playing other teams sometime in the early decades of the twentieth century. When the Stars of David, “The Bearded Wandering Wonders,” are hit with a perfect storm of economic woes, they turn to a promoter who proposes dressing their one African American player, Henry, or as he’s known on the field, “Hershl Bloom (member of the lost tribe),” into the costume of a golem to bring in the crowds and enrich the box office, and in turn the team. It’s a plan that has unanticipated results. Strum’s well-crafted and drawn story portrays American small town life with the unifying social mores of baseball and the divisive mores of antisemitism and racism. ( )
  MaowangVater | Aug 4, 2017 |
Review by: Ben

The Golem's Mighty Swing is an excellent book that tells the story of the Stars of David, a Jewish baseball team, during the great depression. An agent from an entertainment agency convinces the leader of the team to turn the team's powerful cleanup hitter into a mythical golem. The visuals are great, as is the story. A great piece of historical fiction. (very succinct and stellar debriefing of the novel. ( )
  bplteen | Apr 27, 2012 |
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James Sturm pens this richly evocative graphic novel set in the 1920s. The Stars of David, a barnstorming Jewish baseball team, travel from town to town earning a living by playing local squads. They all sport beards, a gimmick to attract patrons but when financial difficulties threaten to end their season they cast their lot with a Chicago promoter who has just seen the hugely successful German silent film Der Golem... With the golem, a baseball game is transformed into a mythical pageant. Fear and curiosity fills the stadium, but it also stokes the flames of anti-Semitism. Winning the game for the Stars of David becomes less important then surviving it. With a sepia-tinted cinematic style, this compelling book reminds us that making it home is at the heart of baseball.

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