Re: Bobby Orrs Landmark Season and Hockey book reviews.
posted at 1/22/2014 5:08 PM EST
In response to perrysound's comment:
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
Also haven't picked up Orr's new book yet but I will. Until then my definitive book on this amazing hockey player is "Searching For Bobby Orr" by Stephen Brunt. Considering Orr didn't participate in this book in any way it's still a pretty in-depth look into Orr who seems to be a very private person.
Great book by Brunt. I went to a reading by him at our local Town Hall, and had him sign it after (and all my other Brunt books). A few of us in line (mostly women) talked about the influence of Eagleson on Orr, vs Don King on Ali. As you know Brunt also did a great book on Ali. Stephen didn't think there was a parallel between the 2.
As for Orr's book, I wouldn't waste the time or money honestly. I can't say that I really found out anything that hasnt been pretty much told already. His positioning on most things was very political, and seemed to stop (opposite of tall) of giving the inside story most of us would have liked. It's clear what he thinks of Al, but even that is tempered.
He did a signing at the local Costco, and the line up was out the door. Since I had my kids with me, I couldn't stay in line for 2+ hours to get it signed. The man still has it, almost 40 years later.
If this is what you were expecting perry than it's no wonder you were disappointed. This is Orr we're talking about here. The man doesn't like to talk about himself.....EVER! The only reason there's a chapter dedicated to Eagleson at all is because his publisher basically said he needs to do this. The reason I loved the book is because it's words that came directly from him. It's not 3rd hand information, which pretty much is everything we hear, or heard until now. He's always been a very private person & I think it took a lot for him to change that & let us fans in a little bit. Steven Brunt's book is great too, but I don't put them in the same category.
Those who want a great read, about a colorful & someone who should be dead, but has nine lives is Derek Sanderson's book- "Crossing the Line" This is a book you should read if you want someone who loves to talk about himself. The book actually is a great read & really shows that you actually get more than just 2 chances to change your life sometimes.