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King Leary

Paul Quarrington · 8 REVIEW

D only in his own mind because I suspect that almost every Canadian male is or coulda been a hockey legend But it appears he eally was King of the Ice We find out that he has been trotted out and honoured at the Gardens than once and he is in the Hall of FameNow however he is confined to a nursing home eliving his glory days in his own mind and by spouting off to whomever will listen One day though he is contacted by in his own mind and by spouting off to whomever will listen One day though he is contacted by ad agency who wants to feature King Leary in a ginger ale commercial and so we are off to Toronto with the King and his wacky entourage his Nurse His Ancient Reporter Roommate his ancient eporter oommate loser son and a couple of ghosts from the past to elive those glory daysKing Leary s adventure is both incredibly funny and incredibly sad Lewd and bawdy thoughtful and heartwarming The King had his moments of glory scoring winning goals perfecting his signature move moments in the sun But of course there were costs and insultsAs Canadians we know the history of our national sport the drinking carousing corruption the evolution of the game itself the oad trips the trades loyalties and loneliness shame and glory So all of Leary s memories ing very trueIt is a hockey story but it is much than that It is also a story of edemptionReserved for the Canada Day elease challenge unless I can t help myself from foisting it on someone else as a must eadI think it makes for a great Canada Reads book I found myself eading into it all sorts of things that I have no idea whether the author intended Clay Bors Clinton as our neighbour to the south for example Right or wrong thought provoking Full of blarney spit and spunk and often drunk on ginger ale Percival Leary was the king of the ice in his heyday captain of the Ottawa Patriots trained by monks and fearless in the ink King Leary now lives in a nursing home with his crony Blue Hermann a former newspaper eporter but when Leary is asked to travel to Toronto reporter but when Leary is asked to travel to Toronto film a ginger ale commercial they pack up their canes and go This book has an incredible voice and truly memorable characters and is easily the best novel about ice hockey I ve ever ead maybe the only one I ve ever ead but that doesn t take anything away from it 35 stars. S own mind until a high powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a series of ginger ale commercials With his male nurse his son and the irrepressible Blue Leary sets off for Toronto on one last adventure as he evisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice. Word gormless is used about 57 times How can you dislike a book that makes such liberal use of such a great word Why are the characters in Paul uarrington novels always drunk I am evising my eview slightly because when I last wrote I was feeling under novels always drunk I am evising my eview slightly because when I last wrote I was feeling under weather Although I grew up playing hockey on frozen ponds mainly with the neighbourhood boys I have never eally enjoyed watching or eading about the sport This book is of course not necessarily for a Hockey fan To uote a friend A perspective too on the changes of attitude in mediasport elationships and the hero athleteSo in the end I d say give it a shot I ead this as it was a previous winner of Canada Reads and I had ead other books by Paul uarrinton It is a humorous story about a former hockey star ecalling his glory days and the ups and downs of his career and his friends along the way Similar to Whale Music The author does not shy away from painful subjects and the devastating impact of alcohol abuse Hmmm I was let down Winning the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour I was expecting something very different I couldn t find humour in what seemed to be the downward spiral of an old man going insane surrounded by drunkards throughout his entire life Kinda sad to me eally On the upside their were some very humorous one liners from the narrator Whenever I can t sleep I often play a game I go through the alphabet thinking of novelists I have ead Men first then women and then if it is a eally bad night children s authors Most letters i have no problem with but now that is always a struggle So I hit upon a cunning plan Going to the Cinema bookshop an enormous cavernous place with endless bookcases and shelves stretching over two floors I decided to find a couple of s Read in 2008 for Canada Reads my eview from January 2008Oh gosh I am so glad I ead This Book Notwithstanding That book Notwithstanding that haven t yet ead the other 2008 Canada Reads candidates I m uite prepared to say King Leary should be la premier etoilePercival King Leary is an old man ead one foot poised to kick it and former hockey legend As I was eading I did wonder for a while whether he eally was a legend in the books or whether the highlight eels existe. His days at the boys' eformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect St Louis Whirlygig to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup finalNow all but forgotten Leary is only a legend in hi. This book won Canada Reads in 2008 but surprisingly it does not seem to be widely ead It s the heartfelt tale of a life told from a comical point of view Leary is now a grumpy old man but throughout the story he eflects on his friendships family and career in a meaningful way Alcoholism is also a ecurring "theme This book was chosen as the 2008 Canada Reads selection Each year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation invites four " This book was chosen as the 2008 Canada Reads selection Each year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation invites four five noteworthy figures from Canadian arts and letters to nominate a favorite book the only ule being that the to nominate a favorite book the only ule being that the must eflect Canadian culture and values The merits of each book are debated often uite vigorously in a series of adio programs until one is selected that year s Canada Reads winner The goal is to have every citizen of the nation ead the book in hopes that it will generate discussion and debate increasing the sense of community in the nation Can you imagine millions of people earnestly talking about a bookI know we already have this But I ain t interested in eading what Oprah tells me to ead And sure sure the selection process might sound like The Final Four for nerds but it beats American IdolAnd yes what I am saying is that things are better in Canada and that Americans are a bunch of lazy intellectually atrophied cementheads Want evidence I give you The Family GuyAnyway the book It s a emarkable effort in turns hilarious and heartbreaking Percival King Leary is an octogenarian ex hockey star nearing death and haunted albeit gently by the ghosts of his past There are plenty of King Lear eferences but the story also owes much to Thomas Berger s Little Big Man and the best of Mark Harris s baseball novels That s high praise indeed but completely deserved It s fun to pick at all the NHL eferences King Leary is based in part on Clarence King Clancy Manny Oz is clearly eferences the tragic Busher Jackson and Clay Clinton seems to be an amalgam of Conn Smythe and Harold Ballard but the power of the book is its messages those who set their hearts on worldly things end up broken hearted no guilt is searing that the guilt of having betrayed a loved one forgiveness transcends time and love is a powerful thing indeedPlus the. Percival Leary was once the King of the Ice one of hockey's greatest heroes Now in the South Grouse Nursing Home where he shares a oom with Edmund Blue Hermann the antagonistic and alcoholic eporter who once chronicled his career Leary looks back on his tumultuous life and times.

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