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by Frank Baldwin

  • ISBN: 0006499775
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Frank Baldwin
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Printing edition (1997)
  • Pages: 288
  • ePub book: 1675 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1889 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 314


Frank Baldwin asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. Balling the Jack (slang)–To risk everything on one attempt or effort.

Frank Baldwin asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

Frank Dwight Baldwin, (26 June 1842 – 22 April 1923) a native of Constantine, Michigan, and born in Manchester . ball the jack - phrasal slang : to go fast : hurry a hot rodder balling the jack up highway 102.

Frank Dwight Baldwin, (26 June 1842 – 22 April 1923) a native of Constantine, Michigan, and born in Manchester, Michigan, is one of only 19 servicemen to receive the Medal of Honor twice. Baldwin received this award for his actions during the Atlanta Campaign where he led his company to battle at Peachtree Creek and captured two commissioned officers in the American Civil War. He received his second Medal of Honor for conspicuous bravery in 1874 during the Indian Wars.

Balling the Jack book. An amazing debut novel. There is little "fluff" between Baldwin's scenes of chaos where a gamble lies around every corner. Be it cards, baseball or any possible curveball life can throw at him, our protagonist takes the challenge. Ultimately culminating with a high stakes dart match, Balling the Jack is rife with musical references and hard drinking. He paints a wonderful photo of NYC as the world hub. The author, obviously still is reliving old college stories which, when woven together, form a An amazing debut novel.

Balling the jack : a novel. Balling the jack : a novel. by. Baldwin, Frank, 1963-. Gamblers, Darts (Game). New York : Simon & Schuster.

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Balling the Jack did it to me again and again. It was like reading a letter from an errant brother. While I often find it hard to laugh out loud at a novel, Frank Baldwin manages to get me to crack on numerous occasions with his first novel. While reading the philosophy espoused by the main character, Tom Reasons, I found it hard not to laugh. I highly reccomend this book to anyone in need of the best medicine. An engaging, energetic book. com User, September 9, 1999. Balling the Jack" is a perfect example of a light, summer read.

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Sharp, funny, romantic tale of love and gambling in slacker-generation New York. Tom Reasons is a young man who takes his pay cheque every week and bets it all on a Friday night ball game. Then it’s either champagne or pot-noodles for a week. He’s lost his girl because he couldn’t commit to her and now he regrets it. He hangs out at an Irish bar and plays on the darts team with his pals. One drunken night, he challenges the captain of the meanest, dirtiest team in the league to a money-match. And then doubles the bet.

Forget it. Serving papers, tracking down cites, summarizing depositions. In a year the only fun I’ve had at the firm was balling one of the secretaries in the conference room. That was a whopper, I’ll grant you, but it was after the Christmas party, and she’s made it clear it won’t happen again. As I walk back to work from court, the boys in my skull start up the jackhammer again.


Barit Barit
"Balling the Jack" is a perfect example of a light, summer read. The novel is fast-paced, thick with interconected plot lines, and it just feels real. Perhaps the greatest thing about the book is the sympathy we feel for the main character even though he is a perpetual loser who does it to himself. "Balling the Jack" won't win any awards or praise for its depth or importance in the world of literature, and I'm sure it won't end up in any University's canon anytime soon, but that is what makes it such great fun. The book doesn't take itself to seriously. It is funny, it is moving, it paints a very real picture of a young single man's life in NYC. Speaking of which, the setting is marvelously handled as are the supporting characters including various bar owners, dart buddies, and girlfriends. All of the supporting characters are given enough depth to make them round, but none is given so much weight that they distract from the main character. Despite all of the exciting window dressing, this book really boils down to a story of a young, single man coming to terms with his own immaturity. Balling the Jack is a fantastic read and the kind of book you will want to lend to your friends. As my friend did for me. That being said, I definitely think that men will enjoy this book more than women. It is certainly a "guy" story, but I think both genders will get a good, fun read out of Balling the Jack. Hopefully, Frank Baldwin will get another book out to us very soon. By the way, toward the end there is a great moment between Shakespeare and Keats. You have to read it to believe it.
nadness nadness
"I guess I should have been around twenty thousand years ago," says Tom Reasons, the 23-year-old narrator of "Balling the Jack." "Back then, nobody had to go out chasing thrills. They had all the excitement they could handle just staying alive." There are plenty of thrills in Frank Baldwin's briskly paced debut novel, beginning with a regular bet that Reasons places: He puts $400 of his $447 weekly paycheck on a Friday ballgame, meaning he's either flush or broke for the week. Gambling is only one of his passions-there's also beer, Irish music, and darts-but it's the one that gets him in trouble when he cavalierly accepts a huge wager on a darts match.
"Balling the Jack" is the kind of hopped-up New York high-seeking-twentysomething narrative that was fresh when Jay McInerny wrote the brilliant "Bright Lights, Big City" in 1984 and seems mostly self-indulgent now, though Baldwin's writing is always solid and often funny. A lot of the elements seem rote: the ominously surly rival, the ex-girlfriend still pined over, the job that requires ethical compromises. Another problem with the novel is that Reasons isn't all that sympathetic or likable. His weekly bet isn't so much daring as foolhardy. He's irresponsible and probably qualifies as an alcoholic. His passions seem trivial and capricious. His looks-focused views of women are less than enlightened (though you begin to suspect this failing is Baldwin's, not his protagonist's). And unlike, say, McInerny's narrator, Reasons never betrays depths of character and personality.
Azago Azago
Balling The Jack is the most energetic novel I've read in a long, long time. Baldwin writes in a hip, edgy style that propels the reader forward, making it a fast, fun read. However, its quick pacing doesn't mean that Baldwin doesn't have some important things to say. Balling The Jack (which is slang for risking everything all at once) shows a guy who finds life too safe today and has to go out looking for thrills. He finds it in gambling, and this -- of course -- leads to trouble. There's a definite theme of risk and renewal (Risk and reward, baby. Risk and reward.) that shows there is more to Baldwin's writing than showing a guy night on the town. It's about finding something to believe in during an age of cash machines and less and less human contact. All in all, Balling The Jack is a book for everyone. Men will identify with Tom, and women will find him charming -- even if they don't admit it.
This novel is harmless fun; good airline or beach read. I read some of the other reviews where people were comparing this work to Jay McInerney or other authors and blah blah blah...This novel stands on its own as a funny, smart book. There are not a whole lot of lessons, and Tom Reasons, the protagonist, even says at the end, "Don't ask me to add everything up. It's too early in the morning, and I've never been any good at spotting the moral." This book is about gambling, darts, 80s and 90s music, single life in NYC, and, what I think a lot of the other reviewers missed, a novel about friendship. He treats his friends like a jerk, and, like true friends, they are still there to bail him out. Just read it for the fun of it.