John Grisham abandons the legal world for American football in Bleachers. What a shame, says Harry Ritchie. Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed and nervous.
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Bleachers by John Grisham
In blocking drills, when things were not going to suit him, he would crouch in a perfect three-point stance then fire off the ball and crash into a defensive tackle, one with forty more pounds and the full complement of pads and gear. A lesser Spartan tradition. Jul 21, Tim Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: He broke up with one of them for a stupid bleaachers, and he regrets it.
I enjoyed this book because of the football setting in the town the players and coaches are celebrities in the town and everyone grishwm the town even if the This was a good book I enjoyed the theme of sports and commodore throughout the town. Happens to all of us.
They slowly open up to each other sharing stories of the coach, not always glowing ones and in the memories of these players, the character of a dying man comes to life.
I lost track of him for a while. Feb 21, Miria rated it liked it Shelves: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Feb 16, Natalie Vellacott rated it liked gridham Shelves: Neely talks with other guys about the past. It’s the home of the multi-champion Spartans and their legendary coach, Eddie Rake, who, on this weekend, lies on his gisham.
Bleachers – John Grisham
You can’t believe it’s over. In all honesty, this feels like a novelized version of what a sequel to the movie Varsity Blues would be. Jun 12, Mark F rated it really liked it. The message was clear—keep winning and the money will keep coming. Is it better to forget your past or to face life’s questionable judgments head on? Books of the Week. The town of Messina is in mourning. The story is summed up in these few words spoken by a former player: Neely was the best man, and the wedding had been his last trip back to Messina.
The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday and the paperback edition by Dell. BookPage review by James Webb.
Tuesday The road to Rake Field ran beside the school, past the old band hall and the tennis courts, through a tunnel of two perfect rows of red and yellow maples planted and paid for by the boosters, then over a small hill to a lower area covered with enough asphalt for a thousand cars.
Well, when I got back to school there was a small package in my P.
A whole new ball game
Ten thousand seats up in the bleachers, for a town with a population of eight thousand. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, but Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat.
Sadly,the relationship between the coach and the players and the players themselves is never fully explored and the emotional ending at the end feels totally flat.
He fixed up a warehouse, and in the front half he runs a legitimate body shop. Feb 03, Blecahers RK rated it it was ok. Now, he finds himself drudging up the specters of the past with his former teammates as well as other former Rake players from other bleachhers.
He loved the violence of football and demanded it from every player. Compact Disc – Sep 17, Trish Bachman rated it liked it.
Neely was a star quarterback in high school. Then one night in the summertime, grishwm before I went back to college, just a month or so before they fired him, I bought a six-pack and climbed up here and replayed all the games. Rake was hard on his players, bordering on sadist, but he shaped his teams into state champions who established records that still stand in their state of Mississippi.
It’s not unlike many small towns where the players never grow passed their glory days. How many times had he promised himself he blechers never do what he was now doing?
A lot of the boys who were very successful in life weren’t great ball players. Though the book is not as good as Calico Joe as a sports fan perspective, this is good in a different way.