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The Game
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2014
Not for non-hockey types like me.
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on October 8, 2014
Came in excellent condition by seller, even though listed only as 'Good'. Only way you could tell it was a used book is it had a sticker on the binding from a library or something that I peeled off. Very pleased. A+

The book is a gift so can't comment on content, but I am sure my husband will absolutely love it!
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on September 10, 2014
great book, a must read
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on April 28, 2013
A very well written, sincere and accurate account of tthe Montreal hockey scene of the early 70s and lat 80s.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon April 20, 2013
I have not been able to get through the whole book ... but I will. It is well written and the subject matter is revealing but somehow I was expecting something else I guess.
So, its OK but not great for me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
You will find 3 or 4 hard copies of this book at pretty much every church booksale, flea market or thrift shop in Canada (there is a reason for that). Can be had for between 50 cents and a buck. I made the mistake of not saving the buck. This book is very overrated and extremely dull for the genre. This book was simply written as an ego boost for Ken Dryden (and I liked the 70's Canadians). Im not saying it isnt well written, it is, I guess you could say it is gramatically correct written in proper english, rated G, and flows well enough for anyone to read. Unfortunately, Its boring and has been far surpassed entertainmentwise by pretty much every soprts autobiography/biography ever written after 1981. Take the example of Bob Probert's book 'Tough Guy', It is in his words (Im sure gramatically cleaned up by the co-author), in a million years I would not say Bob Probert is a better writer than Ken Dryden, however, his book is far more entertaining and compelling than 'The Game'. This is a hockey book written for book critics, not hockey fans. Its like being given the choice to see the movie "Terminator 2" or "Dead Poets Society" 100 out of 100 film critics will tell you to see Dead Poets, however 100 out of 100 actual PAYING patrons of the cinema would tell you to see Arnold. Generally when old athletes are interviewed today, you hear some pretty wild stories of their playing days, none would be found in this book. My advice to anyone thinking about this book is look at themselves know who you are, are you a book critic or Hockey Fan.
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The 1970s Montreal Canadiens were without question, one of the greatest sports teams ever. This book gives the reader a great feel, for the life the players lived throughout the 1970s. Dryden seems to take note about the smallest details. Dryden also outlines aspects of the games evolution. I did not know the forward pass was not allowed, in the early days of hockey. He discusses the great players of his childhood years, such as his hero Terry Sawchuk. Dryden then points out how the game has changed since the 1950s and 1960s. I also enjoyed his look into the Canada Russia Summit Series. I still regard the Montreal versus the Red Army 1975 New Years Eve game, as the best game I ever saw. Dryden brings back, all those great hockey memories. I also highly recommend the photo collection.
Over all, this book is a fun look into the world of hockey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I read this book expecting to read the standard sports book, what I found was a book that was not only about hockey but about life. Even those who are not hardcore hockey fans can appreciate many of the messages and opinions on life.
From the beginning to the end I was caught in the words, it made me think and feel. Reading The Game somehow enriched my life, and I recommend it to all. Ken Dryden was not your average hockey player, he was an intelligent man who will always be known as the man who wrote the greatest book about the game of hockey.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2004
Ken Dryden is one impressive individual. There is no doubting that. I was amazed at the quality of the writing in this book. It is literature. I have read quite a few biographies of sports legends, some have been good and some not so good. I was really looking forward to reading this book especially since all of the reviews were so positive. I welcomed the idea of a well written book by an intelligent athlete. But, I regretfully have to say that this book is less intersting than I had hoped. Dryden provides you with a perspective of hockey life that I seriously doubt that you will get from any other human being on the planet. He made me realize how little time I spend analyzing my own life, at least what I believe to be the less important aspects of it. I found myself amazed at how keenly observant he is about the little stuff. But, as much as I appreciate his intellect, I have to say that this book contains a little too much introspection and not enough details about hockey and the players in it to satisfy me. I am glad that I read it and I would recommend it to fans, but I kept waiting for a little something more and it never quite came. This man has some important things to say though about life in general and for that reason alone the book is worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2003
Went to Barnes & Noble and read the new chapter in the 20th Anniversary edition of The Game. Ken Dryden is an outstanding writer. People might assume that since he is writing about hockey that's all that there is to this book. Lies! It is about so much more. His take on life is very refreshing. This is one of the few books that I really enjoyed reading recently.
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