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What is J.D Salinger's act of redemption in Shoeless Joe?

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In W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe, the character J.D. Salinger (the famed author of The Catcher in the Rye) is sought out by the protagonist, struggling farmer Ray Kinsella, after he hears a message calling him to “Ease his pain.” The “his,” Ray believes, refers to his literary hero Salinger. Shoeless Joe is a work of magical realism, and already in the novel Ray has constructed an enchanted ball field in the middle of his cornfield in order to redeem the career of the titular baseball player, as well as several other minor players in baseball’s history, including Ray’s own father.

Meanwhile, Salinger’s act of redemption comes by devising a way that Ray can pay off his huge farm debts and keep his property. Salinger suggests Ray turn the magical ball field, in which Shoeless Joe and others play their...

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