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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I smile politely and thank them, wishing they would include the receipt. Lincoln Award Nominee Inafter trailing at halftime to East Pike, and crippled bleachets a broken hand, the gutsy quarterback rallies the Spartans to a victory for Messina’s first state championship in seven years, achieved without the assistance bleacherss coach Rake.

Jul 21, Tim Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Grisham took time off from writing for several months in to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom.

Bleachers – John Grisham

You dream of the glory days, but you know they’re gone forever. How this man is a best-selling writer is reflection of today’s society’s IQ. Jun 29, Dele Haynes rated it really liked it. Neely Crenshaw, Silo Mooney and the rest of the cast all peaked when they were 18 years old. Eddie Rake was a tough, mean, high school football coach with undefeated teams for many years.

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While the book falls short of the compelling nohn that has made Grisham a bestselling author, it is nonetheless a diverting novella that succeeds as light fiction. His angst is tiresome, his hidden secrets obvious. Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links. Those who have played the game, who constantly relive their pasts and faithfully advocate the sport as the salvation of our society will sleep with the novel under their pillows.


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The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days of playing together and their relationship with their coach. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants.

The dialogue, especially that of Neely’s friend Paul Curry, is sometimes wooden as characters recall Messina history in paragraphs that were perhaps better left to the narrator. Nothing new or interesting here.

While no great novel, and no great work of art, bleachsrs offers a sweet trip down memory lane for any boy who ever fastened a leather chin strap on an old high school helmet, and who never got the girl, the championship, or the short-lived, bittersweet glory. A lot of the boys who were very successful in life weren’t great ball players. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Lots of good messages in this one. Through this gentle odyssey, we watch a grown man truly become a functional adult.

As Coach Rake’s ‘boys’ sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming fiel High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. 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. Guys who played high school football 15 yrs ago reminisce about the past. Jan 12, Ben Zschokke added it. Even for the criminally hedonistic Silo, and especially for Neely, once an amazing quarterback and subsequently something very unamazing in real estate, adulthood can offer nothing to compare with schoolboy glory.

But at the same time, it has a nice message that anybody who has ever played youth sports should be able to understand.

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I often look at the things people obsess about, especially sport, and wonder why. Mar 18, Belmin Zvekic rated it it was amazing. Maybe this will appeal to American football fans but I got tired of hearing of the trials of Nate and Paul and Jesse. 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. And there is the memory of the perfect, dumb, devilish, blonde bleacherss, who is out of town but on the mind of more players than just Neely.

At best it was ok. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Fifteen years after swearing he would never return, Neely Crenshaw finds himself back in Messina, Texas, awaiting final word that local legend and former football coach Johm Rake has died. This is a homage to those American high school bleafhers who inspired their teams. When the story begins, most of the football players Rake had coached in his 34 years at Messina High School return to the town for the funeral of the legendary coach, a man both beloved and reviled.

I like the metaphor of the coach being the field and how that is his legacy. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, but Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat. A High school football star comes back to ggisham hometown to bid farewell to his dying coach.


Sold by RiverCitysales and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. I also feared the reaction of one of my Goodreads friends if I failed to finish it as he commented that it was his favourite Grisham book!

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