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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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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. So all of Leary’s memories ring very true.

Anyway the book is a moving exploration of friendship and how this can blind us to truth, of ambition and how this can allow us to betray friendship and of how destructive our quarrinbton can be.

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

Whenever I can’t sleep I often play a game. Mar 10, Pooker rated quarringtin it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t love this book, but I also couldn’t put it down.

Edmonton JournalMarch 10, Although I grew up playing hockey, on frozen ponds, mainly, with the neighbourhood boysI have never really enjoyed watching, or reading, about the sport. The novel tracks his experiences on the trip, as well as exploring his past career through flashbacks. Also I really liked how the book ends. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Quarrington has a lovely ability to describe the natural world Sometimes the canal would be whitecapped and rough, and I wouldn’t think the wind was up and blowing over a storm, I’d think the water was angry.

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m not sure how many of them are caused by hockey head injuries a subject I really shouldn’t be joking about in this day and agebut King Leary is full of hallucinatory or not?


This book is, to coin a phrase, ‘the puppy’s butt’. The book uses flashbacks to sketch out his life and the various colourful characters that inhabited itwhile a story in the present-day revolves around his trip to Toronto to f My first Paul Quarrington book turns out to be a pretty good one. Jul 17, David McClelland rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages.

Read in for Canada Reads, my review from January, These monks Percival found,one of whom was practically blind, were expert hockey players! If you down a whole can, you can belch in a truly horrifying way, like a dragon about to eat a maiden. Percival “King” Leary is an old man read “one foot poised to kick it” and former hockey legend. We find out that he has been trotted out and honoured at the Gardens more than once and he is in the Hall of Fame. I think it makes for a great Canada Reads book.

This I learned from reading this book. Flashbacks to his childhood and his days as an NHLer mix with the present on the trip to Toronto. King Leary’s adventure is both incredibly funny and incredibly sad.

This book was chosen as the “Canada Reads” selection. Born in Ottawa and loving the Rideau Canal he became a hockey enthusiast from the time that he first laced up his skates and sped off on it’s smooth frozen surface. After Quarrington’s untimely death I decided to read his other books and loved them, particularly Whale Music. It’s sweet and bubbly and makes your qquarrington curl. So, in the end, I’d say, give it a “shot”!

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A wonderfully fuuny book that manages to celebrate the great Quarringtpn passion but which is much, much more than a ‘hockey novel’. This is a wild and wacky hockey novel, in which hockey enters the realm of the mythical, the supernatural, and the just plain weird. The book reminds me of the film Scrooge based on Dickens of coursewherein Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.


Dec 22, Jeff rated it liked it. Quaerington is King visited by the ghosts of his friends Clay and Manny, and his son Clarence, who help him quarrkngton that things were not always as they appreared, and allow him to make some healing choices.

So I hit upon a cunning plan. He tries to make up for what he did and to act selfless instead of selfish.

King Leary by Paul Quarrington

Nov 28, Pages Buy. He was, however, a bit of a tearaway and, having been egged on to perform several unsavoury tricks in his neighbourhood, wound up being accused of arson and a very unsympathetic judge sentenced him to the Bowmanville reformatory for boys until the age of sixteen. I loved this book! You can use letters: And that is what these strange but kindly monks did. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Like Jim Cuddy, I probably would have over-gushed, and there would be no invitation to the parties after that.

From then on the story covers Leary’s life from his playing with the All Ontario Champions for sixteens and under through a series of memories mixed in with the confused dreams of an old man. Boy, what a difference some time makes!

King Leary

But even if you’re not a hockey fan, the cast of characters is quite lively, and the narrator charming in a older-fella-who-can-say-what-he-wants kind of way. Its as if we are walking the journey with him.

The genre of this book is humour and this humour perfectly targets the authors audience of a hockey fan. Usually I can read a book in a few days, but this it took me over two weeks. Jan 21, Zen rated it really liked it Shelves: