Both "Faust" and "Yankees" are stories of men who sell their souls to the Devil in return for earthly delights. In Goethe's drama, Faust willingly becomes the tool of Mephistopheles; in Wallop's comic novel, Joe Boyd somewhat less willingly turns himself over to the hands of the satanic Mr. Applegate. Faust wants perfect beauty and other impossible dreams; Boyd wants something scarcely less improbable, an American League championship for the Senators, whom he -- like Wallop himself -- loves beyond all reason.Gounod's operatic version of Faust is based on Goethe's spinning of the tale, a decidedly darker story, so Wallop's lighter version is perfect for comparison. You also may remember that Wallop's Yankees was the basis for the movie-musical Damn Yankees, so we'll be sure to tie in a few clips when the book club meets at the Sequoya branch on Saturday, April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. Here's a taste:
Get your copy of The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant at the library then meet with us on April 25. Check the blog to follow my reading of the book, should be fun!