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Selected as the CBC Canada Reads Winner! “A dazzling display of fictional footwork The author has not written just another hockey novel;. Paul Quarrington’s novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King Leary won the CBC’s Canada Reads competition and the. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Quarrington is the Canadian author of the King Leary – Kindle edition by Paul Quarrington. Download it once and.

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So, in the end, I’d say, give it a “shot”!

On the Shelves: King Leary, by Paul Quarrington — the perfect cottage novel

Usually I can read a book in a few days, but this it took me over two weeks. His talent is that he makes us, his readers, discover this inevitable truth at the same time as Leary faces up to it.

Feb 08, Leya rated it liked it Shelves: This person it turns out to be a woman represents the company, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which wants to produce a series of TV commercials featuring past and present hockey greats.

Nov 28, Pages. This is a well rounded book. 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.


Percival “King” Leary is an octogenarian ex-hockey star, nearing death and haunted, albeit gently, by the ghosts of his past.

Lists with This Book. Why does the character always refer to the Toronto Maple ‘Leaves’?

It was fronted by a sign that said, “To keep a boy out of hot water put him on ice”. The King had his moments of glory, scoring winning goals, perfecting his signature leart, moments in the sun. Percival had the ability to help his friend but did not. Business Dec 29, 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.

All is finally arranged, however, and off they go. Its as if we are walking the journey with him. At the heart of the novel is the relationship of Leary, our narrator, and his two best friends, both now long dead.

Paul Quarrington, whose awesomeness I came to much too late.

King Leary by Paul Quarrington

And yes, what I am saying is that things are better in Canada, and that Americans are a bunch of lazy, intellectually atrophied cementheads. Mar 10, Pooker rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author creates humour through Percival Leary, in both the way he talks about hockey and in the way he talks with his Irish tongue. View all 4 comments. The ghosts which rock his security are not wraiths from beyond the grave but his long buried conscience.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s sweet and bubbly and makes your toenails curl. Not so much because he is untruthful but because he is blind to aspects of life which did not fit in with his plan or understanding.

Lewd and bawdy, thoughtful and heartwarming. He doesn’t signal every joke with huge unsubtle arrowing but will sometimes leave one ticking away in the narrative and it is only two or three kinb later that the pay-off will explode in the paragraph and the cleverness of development becomes clear.

Laery Dec 28, High above zero dropping again tonight Dec.

Many other professional hockey players like Percival go through similar emotional struggles. And then when it won Canada Reads I mentally made a note that I still hadn’t got around to it. The stories are different however one of the things that Jordin battled is substance abuse, which is also a large part of the novel King Leary.

I re-read this book in December and have a bit more appreciation for it than the first time through. So is King visited by the ghosts of his friends Clay and Manny, and his son Clarence, who help him understand that things were not always as they appreared, and allow him to make some healing choices.