Bleachers

Bleachers

John Grisham / Sep 19, 2019

Bleachers High school All American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days and Neely has come home to

  • Title: Bleachers
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780385511612
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • High school All American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.As Coach Rake s boys sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming fielHigh school All American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.As Coach Rake s boys sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake or hate him For Neely Crenshaw, still struggling to come to terms with his explosive relationship with the Coach, his dreams of a great career in the NFL, and the choices he made as a young man, the stakes could not be higher.

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        Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didn t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve year old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl s father had murdered her assailants Getting up at 5 a.m every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987 Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grisham s hobby However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full time career and spark one of publishing s greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham s reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grisham s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around, it was a bestseller.Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas , as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non fiction.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five year hiatus, to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients case, earning them a jur


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    1. It was not fun. Guys who played high school football 15 yrs ago reminisce about the past. Melancholy and sadnessORY BRIEF:Eddie Rake was a tough, mean, high school football coach with undefeated teams for many years. He now has cancer and is expected to die any day. Guys who used to play football for him have returned to town for the coming funeral. Neely was a star quarterback in high school. His career was cut short due to a knee injury in college. Neely talks with other guys about the pastVIE [...]


    2. A High school football star comes back to his hometown to bid farewell to his dying coach. The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days of playing together and their relationship with their coach. Word of caution: The book is centered around American football and their recollections of their memorable games (incl a long play by play commentary of 1 particular game). So if you have no idea about the game, you will find it annoying after a point.Sadly,the relationship between the [...]


    3. "When you're famous at eighteen, you spend the rest of your life fading away. You dream of the glory days, but you know they're gone forever."This makes for an interesting change of pace and style for Grisham. It proves that he can write outside his usual genre and just about get away with it.Bleachers is a nostalgic tale of dreams lost and memories swirling. The town of Messina is in mourning. Their feared yet beloved football coach Eddie Rake is on his death bed. As his condition deteriorates, [...]


    4. Fifteen years after swearing he would never return, Neely Crenshaw finds himself back in Messina, Texas, awaiting final word that local legend and former football coach Eddie Rake has died. When he left, Neely had become a local legend as one of the best quarterbacks in Messina High's history, but a falling out between him and the coach left him bitter and kept him away until this moment. Now, he finds himself drudging up the specters of the past with his former teammates as well as other former [...]


    5. Couldn't put it down. And it makes you think about how people influence you and how strong a bond is between coaches and players. This was excellent.


    6. I've had this book for a long time, probably since it was released in 2003. I knew it was about football and didn't expect it to be fast-paced or action-packed. It's not a John Grisham thriller, for sure. Overall, it's a nice story. Kind of dark, maybe a bit anticlimactic. But at the same time, it has a nice message that anybody who has ever played youth sports should be able to understand.


    7. I do own Grisham books, but only because family members keep buying them for me on birthday's and xmas's. I smile politely and thank them, wishing they would include the receipt. I have read this, and i don't recommend it unless you are 10 years old and want to start reading adult fiction. Dull, dull, dull. How this man is a best-selling writer is reflection of today's society's IQ.


    8. This is a novella or a short story, not a novel.When you're a best selling novelist you can get anything published. This is a homage to those American high school coaches who inspired their teams. Nothing new or interesting here.Listen to "Glory Days" by Springsteen and he says more on this subject in three minutes than Grisham does in 180 pages.


    9. It must be boring to have to churn out a novel a year just because you’re a best-selling author. This ennui can be the only excuse for Grisham’s latest folly, Bleachers.What a let-down when a crime novelist who once ruled a genre turns his hand to something more literary. “An unforgettable novel,” drools the inside of the book’s jacket, which was strange as I managed to forget it immediately. I had to drag the book off the shelf to remember the main character’s name.Neely Crenshaw co [...]


    10. Holy majoly! I was so glad this book was short! It was lame-o.Imagine the movie Varsity Blues, then add about 15 years with the full cast of characters coming back to town because the death of the former coach is imminent. That is the plot summary in a nutshell.Cheeeesy.


    11. The book “Bleachers was a wonderful book to show you the positive and negatives of life when high school football is the main point. It also has a wonderful picture of what happens when you let an accident control your life. The coach showed me that there are people that you will consistently think about even with a bad situation. Everyone in life needs a person to help them with pushing yourself to get better more than we would push ourselves. If you decide to check out this book, you'll find [...]


    12. I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks ago. Totally up my alley since it is about an iconic high school football coach and the impact he had on multiple generations of players. The former players gather in the bleachers at the school awaiting the death of the old coach as he succumbs to cancer. They slowly open up to each other sharing stories of the coach, not always glowing ones and in the memories of these players, the character of a dying man comes to life. It's an easy read as Grisha [...]


    13. What a great story and quick read. Literally read this short novel in a day. Personally this made me rethink my high school days and all the positive coaches I’ve had in my life. Yes vigils/funerals are sad they also are a time for those to get together as one and be reunited to relive some of the greatest moments from the past. This football team came together to honor their football coach who passes away. Great recommendation for sport lovers.


    14. “Bleachers” is a very good and inspiriting story. It made me think what my life will be like in the future when I’m done playing football. I could relate to it in many ways and some of the things John Grisham wrote about in “Bleachers” i have actually seen or heard about in my life time. "Bleachers" by John Grisham is about the legendary Messina Spartans football team and Coach Rake's team coming back to their home stadium and saying there last good-byes to Eddie Rake. Eddie Rake was t [...]


    15. This is my first John Grisham book and it was a wrong choice. This book is about a football player, not the one Rolando, Messi plays but the American football. Since I have no clue about the American football, I hated the book for the first half as the first half deals only with the recollection of football memories by the protagonist Neely Cranshaw. Neely comes to his hometown after he hears the news about his football coach being in his death bed. Neely hates his coach but still wants to be in [...]


    16. I took this book to read as I liked Calico Joe a lot and Grisham did not disappoint me. Though the book is not as good as Calico Joe as a sports fan perspective, this is good in a different way. This book is more about the memories of few school mates about the football and their coach during their school time. The thing I liked the most about the book is that this has rekindled all those memories of my school time.


    17. I have a fondness for John Grisham's legal thrillers but it makes for a refreshing change when he writes about other subjects.American football is not something I am familiar with,but Grisham's skill made me read this book in a few hours.It was almost as if I was sitting in the bleachers,cheering for that high school football team which had such a tough taskmaster as coach.


    18. It was ok. Not one of Grisham's best works. I'd probably like it more if I were more in to high school football.


    19. Not 100% sure why I liked this, maybe it is because I love football and can relate. Maybe it is because it was a lot like Friday Night Lights and I really miss that show. To be honest, Neely was kind of stuck in the past and it was sad. A lot of those guys were like that and it is sad to know that they lived in the past that much. Neely couldn't get over high school and his failed goals. It hampered him his whole life. He needed the death of his coach to get past that. Although heart warming, th [...]


    20. This was a good book I enjoyed the theme of sports and commodore throughout the town. This is a very serious football town and throughout the book many past histories of this town's football the field, the coaches and the players. The book turns into an emotional novel about a legendary coach in the town who brought them to many championships. I enjoyed this book because of the football setting in the town the players and coaches are celebrities in the town and everyone from the town even if the [...]


    21. Bleachers was a good read that I highly enjoyed. Bleachers was all about a small town football team and one of the main character Neely Crenshaw returns back to their old town Mensia while their former coach, Eddie Rake is dying. Bleachers uses flashbacks through out the whole story, mainly just showing what impact Eddie had on these men back in the day. I would highly recommand this book to those who enjoy sports and deep story lines.


    22. A fast read but an excellent story. This was a very interesting book to me because I "love" football and that is what the complete story is about - They are from a small town High School, a very tough but famous coach - the players all return when they hear of the coach's illness - they meet on the Bleachers of the field, they played their games & go over their times of playing, thoughts, feelings & how their life is presently. You will feel as if you know all the characters.


    23. Neely Crenshaw comes back to his hometown to say goodbye to a beloved coach. The story unfolds to reveal his greatest victories and biggest regrets. An enjoyable read for those who love football.


    24. A touching tale about glory days. In this case, high school football and an inspiring head coach named Eddie Rake. I got a little misty there at the end.


    25. Nice 100 page read. If you've played high school football for a coach that you thought was "tough", but you still respected (and loved?) the guy, this read is for you. There is something special about high school football when it's done right and there's nothing special about it when it's done wrong. This book makes you think about this just a little bit.


    26. Memorable Quotes"If you’re winnin’, never quit. If you’re losin’, never quit. If you’re hurt, never quit.""A long cancerous draw on the cigarette"


    27. This is not the type of book that I normally read, however I did enjoy it quite well. It's a story of reminiscing and not being to let go of the past. I do think the reader must have a love for the game of American football to truly enjoy this book.


    28. Bleachers, by John Grisham, is about high school football in the town of Messina and their legendary coach, Eddie Rake. The town worships the football program because of this coach, to the point where the football booster club has more money than the school itself. In his years as head coach, the team won 13 state titles and over 400 games, including a winning streak that lasted six years and 84 wins. Neely Crenshaw was one of the star quarterbacks under Rake, so good that his number was retired [...]


    29. Personal Response: I really enjoyed Bleachers by John Grisham. It is my favorite book so far this year. I like how he described the relationships between characters. Character description was also very good and easy to visualize. Everything is very easy to follow along with.Plot: This book is all about a small town and its connection to football. Messina lives and dies for Spartan football. The town would be nothing without football. Eddie Rake who is the coach is about to die from cancer.This i [...]


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