Are there any major differences between Shoeless Joe (the book) and Field of Dreams (the movie)?
In Shoeless Joe , the author goes more deeply into the background of Ray Kinsella and his relationship with his father. In delving into the Kinsella family past we are also introduced to two characters in the book that are not in the movie. One is Kinsella's twin brother Richard who had been severely estranged from his father when he died. Ray convinces Richard to come to a "game" and Richard eventually begins to see the game...
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One more slight variation between the book Shoeless Joe and the movie Field of Dreams is that in the book the author that Ray Kinsella goes to visit is J.D. Salinger. In the movie it is a fictional Terence Mann who is based on J.D. Salinger.