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Fury: Inside the Life of Theoren Fleury Paperback – October 3, 1998

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Veteran reporter Andrew H. Malcolm profiles the dualistic nature of hockey--its beauty and brutality--as embodied by the NHL's smallest player, blank-toothed Theoren Fleury. Fury is a thorough, moving account of the Calgary Flames's lovable and feisty all-star that puts the reader on the ice and in the locker room of a sport that usually chews up players of Fleury's size. The former New York Times Canadian bureau chief knows his setting intimately--whether it's the roar of the crowd during a professional game or the deep silence of an abandoned ice rink somewhere out on the Ottawa plains. And with a mixture of curiosity and empathy, he investigates the driving force that allows a 5-foot, 6-inch, 160-pound man to compete in a rink full of larger, hard-charging adversaries. Besides chronicling a season with little Fleury and the Flames, however, Malcolm also portrays the enduring culture and tradition that is North American hockey. The result is a thoughtful understanding of--and appreciation for--the scrappy Theo Fleury and the deeply woven Canadian hockey obsession. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“The best hockey biography of the season.”
Globe and Mail

“As told in Fury, Theo Fleury’s life story represents a dramatic hockey tale. Fury tells anyone who reads it why hockey is growing so fast and why it is The Coolest Game on Earth.”
–NHL Commissioner Gary B. Bettman

“Malcolm’s unique reporting and writing skills take all of us – non-sports fans too – inside the life of a professional athlete and his team for a fascinating glimpse of human nature on the rampage.”
–Peter C. Newman
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (October 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771056567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771056567
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,972,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I greatly admire Fleury's perserverance. He has made what most would think is an impossible dream a reality and has enjoyed tremendous success doing so. I am a hockey player myself and, at 5'0", the smallest one on the ice most of the time. Therefore, I have a special appreciation for his accomplishments and fearlessness. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Theo's personal journey to the NHL, but was distressed by the disjointed manner in which the story was told. I entered into the book thinking it would be a narrative exclusively about Theo, but the book was as much about the makeup of minor league and NHL hockey as about Theo himself. Not that I'm not interested in the extensive hockey detail - I just thought the attention given to it was inappropriate in this forum. It's not as if THEO'S life didn't have enough richness to it without having to look elsewhere to find stuff to fill the pages. Theo's story is such a remarkable one that it seemed a shame to me that it couldn't have stood on its own. I loved the subject matter, but disliked the way in which the author presented it. If I hadn't though Theo's story was so remarkable, I would have definitely given this book fewer stars.
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Format: Hardcover
The book in general is great. The author tells all about Theo. The one draw back is he tells you just about everything else to know. I feel like I know the whole Flames organization. He'll start talking how Theo had a nerve injury when he was little and then he switches to something like how the team mascot go his job. Seening as how I love hockey I don't mind the extra stuff. But for those expecting pure Theo you have been warned. Anyway just reading this book is very insperational. The author does do a good job of telling people that this little guy does not give up. After reading I applied some of what Theo does to my own game. It literally made me want to go out and play some hockey and just have fun and try my hardest. Theo is a truely inspiring character and the author doesn't do a bad job doing that. Overall it's a great book with a little extra, which you may or may not like.
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Format: Paperback
Parts of this biography focus on Theo's childhood development and his opening years with the Calgary Flames. I say 'parts' because it also spends a great deal of time discussing how various parts of the Flames organzation runs, with chapters devoted to the people behind the scenes. While the book doesn't concentrate completely on Fleury, I still felt it was informative in bringing me the whole picture regarding the things that affect his daily life (travel, practices, autograph hounds, injuries, and such). In a few years, I'd like to see this author revisit Fleury and write about his days with the Avalanche, the Rangers, and the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought FURY a while ago and hadn't gotten around to reading it. But then I saw Wayne Gretzky at his retirement news conference say how he would have liked to play with Theoren Fleury. I got out the book and spent all night reading it. It was one fun book about sports, about an interesting guy and what it is really like inside a real pro sports team. Now that Fleury is playing for an American team it's easier to follow his play--another 40 goal season. Thanks to whoever wrote this book for an interesting read. I learned so much. And it was fun doing it.
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Format: Hardcover
Thank goodness, finally a book about a real person and what it's really like inside pro sports. Theo is a fascinating success story. And this writer has a keen eye for the human details that illuminate Theo's life and drive. But I was most appreciative that this very readable book also took me inside the world of pro sports to find out lots of interesting things even about each game, which is really a show involving many more people than just the players. Like those TV shows or movies that include some of the outtakes during the credits. I had a real feeling I was right there with the author and now I understand more when I watch TV. The book moves almost as fast as the game. Now that Theo is playing for an American team his story is even more relevant. More sports books like this one about real people please.
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