Selected as the CBC Canada Reads Winner! “A dazzling display of fictional footwork The author has not written just another hockey novel;. Paul Quarrington’s novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King Leary won the CBC’s Canada Reads competition and the. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Quarrington is the Canadian author of the King Leary – Kindle edition by Paul Quarrington. Download it once and.

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The story ends with a rather traumatic visit to the Sports Hall of Fame in Toronto where he sees pictures and trophies of himself and many of his old buddies down through the years. Paul Quarrington was a novelist and musician, an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. It took me so long to read this book.

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Gradually, piece by piece and detail by detail the true history of events unfolds. But, as a light summer read, especially if you’re a hockey fan, and maybe sitting on your cottage dock, sipping a Molson Canadian and humming our second national anthem, ‘the hockey song’, dum, da dum, da dum Aug 10, Pages Buy.

Although it has some elements of magical realism, overall it feels like a true and essentially Canadian story-hockey and friendship-with a little ginger ale thrown in for good lleary. There are not enough good things that I could say about this novel.

His best friend Manfred Ozikean is portrayed as a sorry no good drunk for the first part of the book. Right or wrong, thought provoking. Reading it was like being at a party where everyone there is drunk except you. Paul Quarrington wrote this hockey novel in but it has recently been re-issued and I think that it is the perfect, ‘cottage’ book for the summer.

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On the Shelves: King Leary, by Paul Quarrington — the perfect cottage novel

Sep 30, LibraryCin rated it it was ok Shelves: He has a change of heart and shows selflessness. Quarrington uses the genre of comedy perfectly and he brilliantly uses rhetorical devices to help enhance and develop characters, plot and theme. Percival is in a constant struggle with his own thoughts and emotions.

Told in the first person by “King” Leary, a former hockey player and current nursing home resident, it is both the story of his early life–encompassing childhood, a kinv at a Catholic reform school for boys, and hockey fame; and his current life–in which he comes to terms with and indeed seems to consider ,eary This is a wild and wacky hockey novel, in which hockey enters the realm of the mythical, the supernatural, and the just plain weird.


On the Shelves: King Leary, by Paul Quarrington — the perfect cottage novel |

This I learned from reading this book. Quarrington uses flashback stories to help develop characters, plot, and themes. This book has an incredible voice and truly memorable kijg and is easily the best novel about ice hockey I’ve ever read maybe the only one I’ve ever read–but that doesn’t take anything away from it.

It is funny and poignant and enraging and bizarre and unsettling and, most especially, Quarrington respects his readers. Refresh and try again. Percival had the ability to help his friend but did not. Dec 22, Jeff rated it liked it.

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Paperbackpages. Please avoid special characters excepts: Business Dec 29, His last novel The Ravine was published in March Return to Book Page. This book was chosen for Canada Reads this year, which is rather surprising because it is pretty old, which sort of implies that this is the best Canadian book of all time Jul 06, Rosana rated it liked it Shelves: I found that it was a fitting end for a hockey player.


They kijg share the same birth place of Ottawa. Happy day, except now he is in a care home, old, decrepit and needing a nurse. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please try again later. I can see why it won for humour and won Canada Reads, but it is still not the type of book I like to read nor one I recommend to friends.

Trivia About King Leary. Feb 08, Leya rated it liked it Shelves: Paul is a prolific Canadian author, screen writer and musician. May 02, Pamelamccowan rated it liked palu. Quarrington was also quarringtpn extremely amateur magician and a would-be mariner. Percival Leary was a very selfish man. Alcoholism is also a recurring theme. Which is interesting for a character who seems to have no care what others think of him in his old age but for his title of King.

On being taken there by train he was met by what can only be called four very ugly monks who drove him in a horse and cart to the reformatory which resembled nothing less than a castle. He died at home, with his family. Boy, what a difference some time makes!

Recommended to Sarah by: Not so much because he is untruthful but because he is blind to aspects of life which did not fit in with his plan or understanding.

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