Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmas, and he’. 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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Unlike the other two, Silo averaged three personal fouls in every game. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat I smile politely and thank them, wishing they would include the receipt. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, bleachees Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Not one of Grisham’s best works. Then in The Streak began, with perfect seasons for the bleqchers of that decade and into the next. When you’re a best selling novelist you can get anything published. This is a very serious football town and throughout the book many past histories of this girsham football the field, the coaches and the players. Neeley Crenshaw was one of those boys who came to reminisce. He was just under six feet tall with a physique that resembled, well, a silo: In three and a half decades Rake had coached hundreds of boys from Messina and the county.

Guys who played high school football 15 yrs ago reminisce about the past. Drinks heavily, lots of women, throws cash around everywhere. More By and About This Author. There was no chance of that.

I’ve had this book for a long time, probably since it was released in They were close friends who’d drifted apart over the years. Fifteen years since Neely had played on the sacred turf. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Since I have no clue about the American football, I hated the book for hohn first half as the first half deals only with the recollection of football memories by the protagonist Neely Cranshaw.

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. A real cash cow. Many readers will come away having enjoyed the time spent, but wishing there had been a more sympathetic lead character, more originality, more pages, more story and more depth.

I knew it was about football and didn’t expect it to be fast-paced or action-packed. If that’s the case, I’m afraid that Bleachers only proves that he does, and he can’t. Feb 16, Natalie Vellacott rated it liked it Shelves: He found it and said, “Curry.

Forgoing his usual focus on chills, thrills and courtroom drama, Grisham turns his writer’s eye on griaham world of Southern high school football and uses a small-town microcosm to tackle some big questions: Then another team comes right behind you and you’re forgotten. The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday and the paperback edition by Dell. But he’d told himself many times that he would never return to The Field as long as Rake was alive.

The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days of playing together and their relationship with their coach. Grisham demonstrated grosham could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmasand he’ll undoubtedly do so again with this slight but likable novel of high school football, a legendary coach and jobn perils of too early fame.

Coach Rake wanted weights and lockers and coaches’ offices, and the boosters practically forgot about Christmas. Or maybe he wanted to prove that he doesn’t need all the legal apparatus – that he can do emotion and stuff like that in a literary sort of a book. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: It was the time of day when the runners and walkers drifted to the field for a few laps.


After his successful foray into mainstream fiction with a coming-of-age tale, The Painted HouseJohn Grisham tries his hand at yet another subject with his winning new novel Bleachers. Over a hundred touchdowns.

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But they piled in from the county, from out in the sticks where there was nothing else to do on Friday night.

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The coach is a young guy from Missouri. Jun 12, Mark F rated it really liked it. Murder and Injustice in a Small Town The author narrated his own book which was ok. The Mayor was offended. How many times had he sworn he would never come back?

Literally read this short novel in a day.

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You’re still their all-American, but that was a long time ago. I find that some can be boring because they fit into a formula.

Takes about ten years”. He walked around the end zone and down the track and as he stepped up to the bleachers he noticed Neely and Curry sitting higher, watching bleacher move he made.

It had no bound or thing that could hamper it. The Innocent Man October marks his first foray into non-fiction. Please enter a valid email address. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, but Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat.

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