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.

Author: Vudobar Gardanris
Country: Burundi
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Personal Growth
Published (Last): 3 February 2017
Pages: 332
PDF File Size: 10.66 Mb
ePub File Size: 6.36 Mb
ISBN: 394-4-83798-869-1
Downloads: 29663
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Naran

The bigger the better. A metaphorical burial to compare with a literal one.

Bleachers (novel) – Wikipedia

But at the same time, it has a nice message that anybody who has ever played youth sports should be able to understand. His parents sat on the forty, eight rows down from the press box. Inhe was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until There was no chance of that.

Jul 21, Tim Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: Then in The Streak began, with perfect seasons for the rest of that decade and into the next. View all 4 comments.

Bleachers by John Grisham – Review | BookPage | BookPage

Every person in Messina knew it simply as The Field. High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Eighty-four wins in a row, a national record at that time, and Eddie Rake was a legend at the age of thirty-nine.

To the left of the scoreboard, on green placards with white lettering, were the tributes to the greatest of all Messina heroes. There was discontent in Messina. You play your last game and everybody cries. Please enter a valid email address. I’m not interested in football and almost discarded this at the halfway point. He moved slowly down the sideline, hands stuck deep in his pockets, a forgotten hero whose star had faded so quickly.


Some memories were good and others were bad, but by the end of the night they would end up realizing what a great man and coach Eddie Rake was. I see his mother every now and then and I always ask about him.

Church steeples rose above the gold and scarlet trees of Messina in the distance. Books Buy the Book. He led them to many victories and state Championships and got them prepared for their future life.

Not one of Grisham’s best works. All movements were slow now, all thoughts weighted heavily with sounds and images of another life. Until the day he was fired he coached in cleats and shorts and never hesitated to demonstrate the proper blocking mechanics or the finer points of a stiff arm. During a grueling unsanctioned Sunday morning practice inMessina player Scotty Reardon died of a heat stroke. Fifteen years since Neely had played on the sacred turf.

The book turns into an emotional novel about a legendary coach in the town who brought them to many championships.

So I wasn’t interested in saving money. 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. Bleachers doesn’t necessarily answer that question, but John Grisham certainly gives it the old college try.


The steeple on the far left belonged to the Methodist church, and a block behind it, unseen from the bleachers, was a handsome gleachers home the town had given to Eddie Rake on his fiftieth birthday. Why do you think the author chose the setting? It was interesting to hear his southern accent.

A whole new ball game

Instead he gazed at something in the middle of the field, perhaps it was himself a long time ago, perhaps he heard Rake barking at him. Five thousand bucks in cash. Then things were quiet again. Books by John Grisham. Overall, it’s a nice story.

I find that some can be boring because they fit into a formula. Imagine the movie Varsity Bluesthen add about 15 years with the full cast of characters coming back to town because the death of the former coach is imminent.

I enjoyed this book because of the football setting in the town the players and coaches are celebrities in the town and everyone from the town even if the This was a good book I enjoyed the theme of sports and commodore throughout the town.

The entire middle section is a blow by blow account of a past football game including commentary.