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King Leary

by Paul Quarrington

November 28, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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Selected as the 2008 CBC Canada Reads Winner!

"A dazzling display of fictional footwork… The author has not written just another hockey novel; he has turned hockey in a metaphor for magic." Maclean''s

Percival Leary was once the King of the Ice, one of hockey''s greatest heroes. Now, in the South Grouse Nursing Home, where he shares a room with Edmund "Blue" Hermann, the antagonistic and alcoholic reporter who once chronicled his career, Leary looks back on his tumultuous life and times: his days at the boys'' reformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect "St. Louis Whirlygig" to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup final.

Now all but forgotten, Leary is only a legend in his own mind until a high-powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a series of ginger ale commercials. With his male nurse, his son, and the irrepressible Blue, Leary sets off for Toronto on one last adventure as he revisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: November 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385666012

ISBN - 13: 9780385666015

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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King Leary

King Leary

by Paul Quarrington

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: November 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385666012

ISBN - 13: 9780385666015

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A sad tale’s best for winter. I have one of sprites and goblins. — A Winter’s Tale Chapter Two I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario — Bytown, as we say. The Ottawa Canal was practically in our backyard, and the reason I say practically is that we didn’t really have a backyard. There was this little square thing that was full of bricks, because my father was always planning to build something. I never did learn what the Jesus he meant to build, but he certainly had the bricks for it. I thought the canal was a beautiful thing. I spent so much time beside the water that it seemed to the young me that the canal had moods. Sometimes it would be whitecapped and rough, and I wouldn’t think that the wind was up and blowing over a storm, I’d think the water was angry. Or sometimes it would be gentle, with little pieces of sunlight bouncing on it, and I knew that the canal was happy and that if I went swimming the water would play on my body. But I loved her best when she froze. A few nights of the right weather, and I’m talking thirty below, teethaching and nose-falling-off-type weather, and the canal would grow about a foot of ice. Hard as marble, and just as smooth. Strong and true. It gives me the goose bumps just thinking about it. Lookee there, see how goosebumped I am right now. I can’t remember lacing on blades for the first time. Likewise with hockey. I’ve got no idea when I first heard of, saw, or played the game
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Selected as the 2008 CBC Canada Reads Winner!

"A dazzling display of fictional footwork… The author has not written just another hockey novel; he has turned hockey in a metaphor for magic." Maclean''s

Percival Leary was once the King of the Ice, one of hockey''s greatest heroes. Now, in the South Grouse Nursing Home, where he shares a room with Edmund "Blue" Hermann, the antagonistic and alcoholic reporter who once chronicled his career, Leary looks back on his tumultuous life and times: his days at the boys'' reformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect "St. Louis Whirlygig" to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup final.

Now all but forgotten, Leary is only a legend in his own mind until a high-powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a series of ginger ale commercials. With his male nurse, his son, and the irrepressible Blue, Leary sets off for Toronto on one last adventure as he revisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice.

From the Jacket

"A type of literary hat trick...most engaging…. [Quarrington's] colourful, inventive language is addictive." The Globe and Mail

"An extraordinary writer with a rare gift." Timothy Findley

About the Author

The author of ten novels, Paul Quarrington was also a musician (most recently in the band Porkbelly Futures), an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer.

Paul Quarrington''s novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King Leary won the CBC''s 2008 Canada Reads competition and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal; and Whale Music was awarded the Governor General''s Literary Award for Fiction. Recently, Porkbelly Futures'' self-titled second CD has been released to widespread acclaim, and Paul Quarrington''s short film adaptation of The Ravine, entitled Pavane, was featured in the Moving Stories Short Film Festival. Paul Quarrington''s non-fiction writing includes books on some of his favourite pastimes, such as fishing, hockey, and music. A regular contributor of book reviews, travel columns, and journalism to Canada''s national newspapers and magazines, he also taught writing at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

Paul Quarringon passed away in January 2010.

Editorial Reviews

"A type of literary hat trick...most engaging…. [Quarrington's] colourful, inventive language is addictive." The Globe and Mail

"An extraordinary writer with a rare gift." Timothy Findley
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