BLEACHERS JOHN GRISHAM PDF

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, players old and new drift back into town to pay their respects to their teacher, mentor and friend whom they loved and hated in equal measure.

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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, players old and new drift back into town to pay their respects to their teacher, mentor and friend whom they loved and hated in equal measure.

They gather at the bleachers to reminisce. The legacy of this man reverberates even as he takes his last breath. The book is divided into long chapters which represent the days leading up to the death of the coach.

The entire middle section is a blow by blow account of a past football game including commentary. I also feared the reaction of one of my Goodreads friends if I failed to finish it as he commented that it was his favourite Grisham book! Grisham has managed to create a cast of characters, and develop them so effectively, that they represent both the importance of football to a local community whilst simultaneously destroying it as a complete waste of time and energy, unimportant in the big scheme of life.

The story is summed up in these few words spoken by a former player: "Come back in a few years and they will not know your name. Your fabulous career will be a footnote. All the cute little girls will be mothers. High school stuff. Why was it so important back then? I often look at the things people obsess about, especially sport, and wonder why.

I think about what they will be left with when it gets dull, or when the thing they love is removed, or they are no longer able to worship it in the same way.

I fear for them if this idol is all they have when they die and meet God. Then I remember that I was like that too. I actually was a massive football supporter in my teens and obsessive about every game. The entire mood of our household was determined by whether my team won or lost. As I grew older, I fixated on other things. It was only when I realised that my greatest need was God and that He was the only Person I should be worshiping that my life changed.

Grisham has somehow hit the nail on the head with this short novel by emphasising the fleetingness of earthly glory and fame. The sadness that is left as the years go by is presented as something worth revisiting. I am blessed that I have the answer in Jesus who offers hope not only for this life but for eternity!

This is worth reading, if I was a current football fan I would rate it higher

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[PDF] Bleachers Book by John Grisham Free Download (229 pages)

R B58 Bleachers was published on September 9, The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday and the paperback edition by Dell. The book focuses on whether the famous Eddie Rake, former coach of the Messina High School football team, was loved or hated by his former players. Neely is a highly recruited quarterback with a golden arm, fast feet, plenty of sizes, maybe the greatest Messina quarterback ever.

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