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. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed and nervous.

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He avoids talking to people about it, but shows up unannounced at the old stadium on consecutive nights. No green because every kid wanted to wear green. He sold cemetery lots, then used cars, then mobile homes.

Another pickup stopped near the first, another hefty gentleman in overalls and denim lumbered hleachers way to the bleachers where he greeted Orley Short and sat beside him. Practice was over and the soiled and sweaty players were trudging toward the field house.

Twice he got ejected for kicking opposing linemen in the crotch. The Messina Spartans, whose stadium is always packed with 10, spectators, whose feats define the town, whose stars of yesteryear are framed in photos that cover the walls of the local diner, are a team from the local high school.

Rake had us in uniforms when we were in the sixth grade. Slowly, the narrative reveals why Rake was fired so suddenly and what happened between him and Neely. Jun 29, Dele Haynes rated it really liked it. 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. At best it was ok. To be honest, Neely was kind of stuck in the past and it was sad.

It was Rake, an oversized Rake with wrinkles on the forehead and the familiar scowl around the eyes, yet just a hint of a smile.


Bleachers by John Grisham – Review | BookPage | BookPage

A High school football star comes back to his hometown to bid farewell to his dying coach. Listen to “Glory Days” by Springsteen and he says more on this subject in three minutes than Grisham does in pages.

It’s an easy read as Grisha I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks ago. Born on February 8, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. I felt the author may have been experimenting – trying a different style of writing.

Coach Rake had once cursed loudly at a well-dressed gentleman who committed the sin of stepping bleachesr the sacred Bermuda grass of The Field. In the glory days dozens of volunteers gathered every Thursday afternoon and combed The Field with gardening shears, snipping out every wayward blade of grass. This was a fun sporty and quick read about greatness, regret, forgiveness, and life.

I would like to see how the team and everyone around would handle the whole situation. At one point, when he has to deal with a protracted account of the key game in the book – the championship game, the one that features a secret fracas in the dressing-room and Neely Crenshaw jphn the Spartans to an amazing second-half comeback while playing with a broken hand – Grisham comes up with the ingenious ploy of playing the tape of the radio commentary yes, the high-school Spartans had their own commentator on the radio.

This book has all the mental complexity of “See Spot Run. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in Grishak Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. To ask other readers questions about Bleachersplease sign up.

Well, if I talked to someone long distance on the phone that often, I’d know an awful lot about the person.

A whole new ball game

This is my first John Grisham book and it was a wrong choice. He loved the violence of football and demanded it from every player. 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 Eddie Rake has died.


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When the story begins, most of the football players Rake had coached in his 34 years at Messina High Bleacjers return to the town for the funeral of the legendary coach, jojn man both beloved and reviled.

They slowly open up to each other sharing stories of the coach, not always glowing ones and in the memories of these players, the character of a dying man comes to life. Does he still fight? It was incomprehensible that he was now a shriveled old man gasping for his last breath.

Their lives revolve around the grisha. Webb started for four years, won forty-six in a row, never lost, etc. Instead he was hearing the drum corps of the band, and the raspy, unforgettable voice of Mr. I actually was a massive football supporter in my teens and obsessive about every game. The college recruiters got passes to a row of chair-backed seats on the fifty, prime seating.

Un libro que habla del valor de la amistad, la lealtad y del cambio que toda persona afronta en su vida, el de gridham en adulto y llegar a la madurez como persona, y como el entrenador Eddie Rake ejerce un papel protagonista en dicho cambio de sus protagonistas. It was bleacgers time of day when the runners and walkers drifted to the field for a few laps.

He now has cancer and is expected to die any day.