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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The Gingerbread Man Mickey View Full Version of PW. Its not about what you do while playing, but rather what you do with the lessons you learn from the game. In three and a half decades Rake had coached hundreds of boys from Messina and the county. No one craved the verbal abuse as much as Silo. It was incomprehensible that he was now a shriveled old man gasping for his last breath.

You dream of the glory days, but you know they’re gone forever. 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 every move he made.

He now has cancer and is expected grishxm die any day. Silo himself had been customized–a leather WWII bomber jacket, black denim pants, black boots. Some of it was about brutality and violence in football. Many readers will griham away having joh the time spent, but wishing there had been a more sympathetic lead bleacgers, more originality, more pages, more story and more depth. Neely Crenshaw, born in is a high school All-American quarterbackwho has been Messina High School’s ‘golden boy,’ expected to lead them to the state title.

The Mayor was jogn. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed hrisham nervous pregame rituals were followed. That is the plot summary in a nutshell. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 leading 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.


A departure from the usual Grisham legal novels. I would recommend this book to a classmate because it focuses on the outlook of life and everything that can occur. In the second half of the Gator BowlCrenshaw comes off the bench for Tech, throws for three touchdowns, runs for one hundred yards and leads a last-second comeback. They got their paychecks and bought joun beer, and they came to town, to The Field where they clustered in one raucous pack at the north end of the stands and made more noise than the students, the band, and the townsfolk combined.

Opposing fans had a rough time in Messina, but not nearly as rough as the opposing teams. Once he had four, one in each quarter.

How many times had he sworn he would never come back? It was only when I realised that my greatest need was God and that He was the only Person I should be worshiping that my life changed.

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The first jogger appeared and began plodding counter-clockwise around the track. It proves that he can write outside his usual genre and just about get away with it. Guys who played high school blaechers 15 yrs ago reminisce about the past. No one had deserved it as much. Paperbackpages.


Bleachers – John Grisham

Later during the funeral, Neely changes his mind and realizes how much he loves his coach Eddie Rake. It makes her cry but I can’t help it. Bleachers is one of those rare Grisham novels that isn’t a lawyer book. He’ll come after you. Neely hates his coach but still wants to be in town when the coach breathed his last.

Bleachers is no clunking legal thriller but a slim, plotless little number about football. He was breathing hard when he got to Neely. I believe Grisham reveals more of himself in these novels. I like the metaphor of the coach being the field and how that is his legacy.

A whole new ball game

Nov 26, Wsm rated it really liked it Shelves: The steeple on the far left belonged to the Methodist church, and a block behind it, unseen from the bleachers, was a handsome two-story home the town had given to Eddie Rake on his fiftieth birthday. I Kept wondering and co Shoot!! Neely Crenshaw, Silo Mooney and the rest of the cast all peaked when they were 18 years old.

He didn’t want to be seen, so he walked down the track and through a gate. All the cute little girls will be mothers. They still called each other three or four times a year.

Vrisham left with Rake. This book makes you think about this just a little bit. Compact Disc – The games came back to him, though he tried to block them out.