Who knew Canada Dry ginger ale could make you drunk? This I learned from reading this book. Percival 'King' Leary , the hockey phenomenon from the early days, is going to do a commercial, visit the new Hockey Hall of Fame and pass on his King crown to the latest superstar, all on the Canada Dry dime. Happy day, except now he is in a care home, old, decrepit and needing a nurse. Flashbacks to his childhood and his days as an NHLer mix with the present on the trip to Toronto. The game of hockey and the hockey franchise world are raw and vicious where men play hard, drink hard and live like the kings of the world the fans have made them. King survived but now he finds his old life and friends are getting mixed up with the present. Remembering the past is becoming too much for him and he needs to rest.
Hilarious hockey story - even for a girl. Properly belongs in the cannon of Canlit.
A few good giggles in a novel approach but too often repetitive. Not quite a waste of time.
"Better than I expected," is a nod to the writing more than the subject matter of this sometimes-amusing, sometimes-annoying, sometimes-poignant saga of a sports has-been.
A quintessentially Canadian novel. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of old-time hockey culture against the hectic pace of the modern world as the protagonist, an aged athletic 'King' long forgotten by the world, goes on one last adventure as he heads to Toronto (towing his alcoholic nurse and decrepit roommate with him) to film a ginger ale commercial with the NHL's newest superstar.
This is such an amazing book! I read it in grade 8 for a book report and I had forgotten about it for a while, but once I stumbled upon it I couldnt put it down. Some parts had me laughing out loud, while others were very emotional. The characters are very intriguing and engaging.
Couldn't finish it. I tried!!!
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