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King Leary Paperback – International Edition, November 28, 2007

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Quarrington is the Canadian author of the well-received Life of Hope and Home Game. His success in this entertaining fourth novel is not only creating a memorable character in Canadiens' hockey champion Patrick Leary, "King of the Ice" for most of the first half of the 20th century, but also surrounding him with equally memorable companions. There's Clay Clinton, a likable though Machiavellian con artist-cum-hockey manager, and Leary's best friend; gormless Clifford, King's obese, amiable son, who seems to have inherited some of his father's inability to see reality; Manny Oz, King's challenger for the crown who died ignominiously and alone in a hotel room; Blue Hermann, King's roommate in the nursing home, ace reporter and alcoholic; and the hockey-playing monks of Bowmanville Reformatory, where Leary's career begins. In an odyssey that takes the King from past to present, and from Bywater to Toronto to make a ginger ale "advert," the ghosts and half-truths of Leary's life are satisfyingly resolved.
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“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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada; 1st edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385666012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385666015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Stamp on February 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
King Leary is an old man now, but in his heydey he was the king of the ice, leaving opponents clutching at air as he executed the famous St Louis Whirligig. He is tracked down by an androgyous advertising company hack to promote a brand of ginger ale, and together they commence a laughter-inducing trip to the big city to make ads.
This book will have you holding your stomach and wiping your eyes. It would be worth the read just to find out the real meaning of the King's Indian nickname, Loofweda, which he translates as "skates like the wind".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Pichette on December 9, 1999
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King Leary is a very funny novel. I really enjoyed this book because its setting is right around where I live. The characters in this novel seemed real and alive. Paul Quarrington is an author who really gets involved in his work. This novel is a great recommendation to anyone who really enjoy's a good Canadian laugh!
Happy Reading and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hogan on March 4, 1999
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Based loosely on hockey as it was earlier in the 20th century. Written in the first person, a style of which Quarrington is a master (see also "Whale Music"). Also, like Whale Music, very touching at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Keenan on April 27, 2008
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[...] -- Congratulations to our friend and colleague Paul Quarrington, and kudos to champion Dave Bidini, in today's KING LEARY'S win on CANADA READS! There is so much great coverage of all the books (isn't soooo Canadian to be soooo even handed in awards stuff - LOL!!) that we just want to add our little piece, directly from the boys themselves.

Be sure to pick up the new Porkbellys Futures CD fronted by PQ with his long-time musical collaborator Martin Worthy and fab musicians Chas Elliott, Stuart Laughton, and Rebecca Campbell. [...] . PQ's next novel, The Ravine, is now in the stores. [...]
The Ravine
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