GRAPES - A Vintage View of Hockey - Don Cherry with Stan Fischler - As New condition, with dust cover also in great condition , no tears or staining. excellent. The classic autobiography of Canada's most outrageous and controversial hockey commentator and host of "Coach's Corner" on "Hockey Night in Canada". Product Details
Hardcover: 218 pages Publisher: Prentice-Hall Canada; First Edition edition (1982) Language: English ISBN-10: 013363499X ISBN-13: 978-0133634990 Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm Love him or hate him, (and there's no other choice with Grapes!), Don Cherry is a part of every hockey fan's life at one point or another, whether via CBC's Coach's Corner or his playoff appearances on American networks every spring. Inevitably the question is asked: Who is this guy, and why do we have to listen to him?!? This book is the answer.
While it's no War and Peace, it's much meatier than most of the glorified pamphlets that athletes put out and call books. Written in a semi-linear stream of counsciousness style that would cause Hunter Thompson to give a knowing nod, "Grapes" gives just the right amount of dry fact, combined with juicy conjecture, to merit turning the page and find out what happens next. Priceless stories about minor league hockey abound, many of them about Eddie Shore, a name recognizable to anyone who's ever paid attention while watching the movie "Slap Shot". This book is a primer for any hockey fan who wants to understand our game from the ground up. There are of course Bobby Orr stories as well, but the post-Bruins days provide story fodder as well. I never gave a thought to the day-to-day operations of most hockey teams, let alone the late, lamented Colorado Rockies, but this book made it interesting, laughable, and ultimately pathetic.
"Grapes" was written before Mr. Cherry became an icon, when he was just a glimmer in the eye of the CDC production staff. It's nice to see that his attitude as displayed on Hockey Night in Canada is not a manufactured affectation, but that he's always been exactly who he is. Mr. Cherry comes off as opinionated, stubborn, gruff, irritating, and loveable all at once, exactly as he still does every Saturday night during hockey season.
I would recommend this book for any sports fan, let alone anyone with an interest in hockey.
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