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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (Nov. 28 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385666012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385666015
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Stamp on Feb. 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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Lighter than Nureyev or a Whirlygig, this novel(la?) floats through its time period - the early 1900's - with authenticity and humour to spare, no mean feat considering the subject is hockey and the cast of characters includes half the Hall of Fame. The protagonist is an endearing combination of Don Cherry, Howie Meeker and his namesake, 'King' Clancy and yet original. The story flashes from a contemporary nursing home and trip to Toronto, to both the trials and triumphs of yesteryear where it stays for the most part until near the end when the ghosts of the past catch up to our hero, 'King' and ends with a final tragi-comedic flourish.
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By M. WEBSTER on May 27 2008
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When this beat out NOT WANTED ON THE VOYAGE in CBC's Canada Reads compition, I knew I had to read it. I'm very glad that I did. Paul Quarrington is a gifted writer on par with John Irving.
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