Press: Lyons Press (November 10, 2009)
Author Name:Plimpton, George
In Open Net, another of George Plimpton's inimitable accounts of a fearless amateur braving the world of professional sports, Plimpton takes to the ice as goalie for his beloved Boston Bruins.
From Library Journal
In the interest of ``participatory journalism,'' Plimpton joined the Boston Bruins hockey team to learn to play goalie.
His sojourn with the Bruins in training camp culminated in a five-minute stint in goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The book follows the format of Paper Lion and Out of My League , as Plimpton tries valiantly to acquire the skills of the position and comes to his moment of truth with some degree of success.
Although Open Net does not have the depth and richness of Paper Lion , it clearly illustrates the difficulty in playing the very physically demanding game of hockey.
Jo DeLapo, Queens Borough P.L., New YorkCopyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A season with the Boston Bruins is the basis for Plimpton’s absorbing personal report.
A winning entertainment for fans of sports, told with warmth and integrity.”
From the Back Cover
In Open Net, George Plimpton takes to the ice as goalie for his beloved Boston Bruins.
After signing a release holding the Bruins harmless if he should meet with injury or death, he survives a harrowing, seemingly eternal five minutes in an exhibition game against the always-tough Philadelphia Flyers.
With reflections on such hockey greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and Eddie Shore, Open Net is at once a celebration of the thrills and grace of the greatest sport on ice and a probing meditation into the hopes and fears of every man.
About the Author
George Plimpton (19272003) was the best-selling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review.
He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television
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