Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Book Review: Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

For the fun of the game.
TITLE: Playing for Pizza
GENRE: Fiction
AUTHOR: John Grisham
PUBLISHER: Arrow Books, 2007
PAGES: 325
REVIEWER: Manuel Odeny

After giving the worst performance for a well known football team, Rick Dockery a quarterback becomes a laughing stock and he is injured by angry rowdy fans baying for his blood. Just one bad performance and his football career and dream comes tumbling down to his feet.

Hospitalized with a deem career, the football teams refuse to sign him up. They’re done with him in his country.

With all teams out of reach the only light at the end of the tunnel is what his agent can hustle. Playing football in Parma Italy- which is a thousand and one staircases down the national football league in America.

John Grisham
Firstly the Italy football is for NFL rejects and players who can't make it up at home. The fans are only around a thousand compared to the multitude at NFL stadiums. In Italy football is a dissent game with very few followers.

To add up it is only the Americans who get paid (paltry) while the Italians play for the love of the sport and the after game pizza while juggling the game with work.

Rick Dockery has never been to Italy and the story unfolds around Italy football and playing a game just for fun and getting a pizza.

Personally the book reflects on the author who as a child dreamt of being a professional baseball player. On realizing he could not make a pro career, he studied law school at Ole Miss in 1981 and accounting at Mississippi State University.

Playing for Pizza makes for entertainment reading and proves again that the ex-lawyer John Grisham is not only made of legal stuff but can venture into other professions and produce a page turner.

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