Bleachers [John Grisham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback. 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.
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The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday and the paperback edition by Dell.
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Literally read this short novel in a day. Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House gdisham Skipping Christmasand he’ll undoubtedly do so again with this slight but likable novel of high school football, a legendary coach and the perils of too early fame.
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Their lives revolve around the team. This is a very serious football town and throughout the book many past histories of this town’s football the field, the coaches and the players. Mar 18, Belmin Zvekic rated it it was amazing. This is typical of the book as a whole, which starts out rather grisgam but doesn’t really develop. He led them to many victories and state Championships and got them prepared for their future life.
Eddie Rake was a tough, mean, high school football coach with undefeated teams for many years. Jhon not unlike many small towns where the players never grow passed their glory days.
Why did the coaches not return to the field for the second half. Two threads run lbeachers the book: Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House bleacherx Skipping Christmas, and he’ll undoubtedly do so again with this slight but likable novel of high school football, a legendary coach and the perils of too early fame. Bleacherz never actually appears in the story, but her presence is very much felt by Neely. Views Read Edit View history.
I smile politely and thank them, wishing they would include the receipt. When Neely was younger and playing football with his friends, a man watching him approached Neely, saying “You’re going to play football for the Spartans.
As Coach Rake’s ‘boys’ sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake — or hate him. 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.
Coach Eddie Rake Although he never appears in the flesh in the story, he is definitely the main character. Grisham jobn time off from writing for several months in to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom.
It was interesting in a newspaper reporting kind of way. My only complaint was that this book was far too short. Bleachers is one of those rare Grisham novels that isn’t a lawyer book. The characters are introduced, not given enough time to develop fully but they are solid with enough backstory to satisfy the reader.
Like many second-string players in any sport, ‘Bleachers’ will not have the opportunity to grasp glory, but it is consistent and solid and there when you need it.
Possibly it’s because it’s hard to get worked up about teams and matches that are made-up, sport has proved to be even more difficult for novelists to describe bleacheers than sex, as various supposed classics – a special mention here for JL Carr’s How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup – of a benighted sub-genre will attest.
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Bleachers by John Grisham Goodreads Author. He did all the maintenance work for the team and helped Rake, including providing the coach with all the gossip around the school.
She took Neely away from another stereotype: After living through four hard days in Messina, the lessons Neely learns are unremarkable “Those days are gone now”. This short novel serves as a time-capsule for American sports, bringing readers and sports fans back to a time when football was celebrated for its brutality. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.