I go through the alphabet thinking of novelists I have read. So I hit upon a cunning plan. Paul Quarrington, of whom I had never heard, was one and this was the book i bought. Now you know why I picked up the book you may be interested as to what it was like. That is what it is.
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May 8, To keep a boy out of hot water, put him on ice. Not all Canadians are big hockey fans, and I am in the camp that is not. So, a book about hockey and a bunch of ancient hockey players? Paul Quarrington wrote several other books as well, the one appealing to me the most being Whale Music and not just because I love the title , but King Leary is the one I had sitting on my shelf, and it is also the book that won the Canada Reads competition.
And, like every good Canadian right? I never thought a serious work of literature could have anything to do with that. Now all but forgotten, Leary is only a legend in his 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 revisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice.
But did I like this book about hockey? Although I did find some parts hard to grasp until I went over to hear the conversation about it on Write Reads. They cleared a few things up for me, and confirmed some inklings that I had. Some parts of the book were even heart-breaking.
There is a LOT of alcoholism. Pretty much every character is an alcoholic, with the exception of Percy who prefers to drink Canada Dry ginger-ale. There is guilt and regret; his entire life is nothing but guilt and regret.
He sees himself as the King of the Ice, and believes others also see him this way. Although, the gesture he makes at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is touching, and I was consoled by the fact that the ghosts were present to witness it. Would Percy have turned out the same without Clay?
But Toronto looked as if it had been designed and built by a committee of Sunday-school teachers. This was the early times with Manfred. I allowed as he probably could go for a glass of beer.
I married Chloe Elizabeth Millson in the summer of nineteen twenty-three. How this event transpired is still something of a mystery to me… The deal was, Chloe would have no compunction against stripping off and swimming in my sight all in the buff-bare… and I in turn would join her in holy wedlock.
Back in those days, that was the kind of deal you made.
King Leary by Paul Quarrington
Background[ edit ] Born in Toronto as the middle of three sons in the family of four of Bruce Quarrington,  he was raised in the district of Don Mills and studied at the University of Toronto but dropped out after less than two years of study. He wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift and as the guitar accompanist for Cathy Stewart, a Canadian singer who was popular at the time. His non-fiction books and journalism were also highly regarded — he earned or co-earned more than 20 gold awards for his magazine articles alone. He was also a high school friend of songwriter Dan Hill , with whom he reunited toward the end of his life to collaborate on musical projects. His novel The Ravine was published in March
KING LEARY PAUL QUARRINGTON PDF
Tagore In this book, King looks back on his life in hockey and with his family and friends. This is a choice from a member of my bookclub, otherwise I doubt that I would ever had read it. Alcoholism is also a recurring theme. King Leary is a poignant book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His non-fiction writing included books on some of his favourite pastimes such as fishing, hockey and music. The author creates humour through Percival Leary, in both the way he talks about hockey and in the way he talks with his Irish tongue.