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Open Net: A Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey
     

Open Net: A Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey

by George Plimpton
 

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Plimpton takes to the ice as a goalie for the Boston Bruins and brings back his memories in bruising and amusing detail.

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Plimpton takes to the ice as a goalie for the Boston Bruins and brings back his memories in bruising and amusing detail.

Editorial Reviews

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 York
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"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."—Publishers Weekly"

[Plimpton's] sojourn with the Bruins in training camp culminated in a five-minute stint in goal against the Philadelphia Flyers ... Plimpton tries valiantly to acquire the skills of the position and comes to his moment of truth."—Library Journal"

A delight—more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede—like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory."—Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal"

Sports memoirs, like humor collections, rarely outlive their authors, but Plimpton's books have aged gracefully and even matured. Today they have the additional (and unintended) appeal of vivid history, bearing witness to a mythical era."—Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393022551
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1985
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

Cherry said, "You have to give some indication you're not backing down. This one time, some rough guy slammed Camile Henry up against the boards. Camille, who was about the  smallest guy in the league, was being held up there, just jammed in the corner, with this guy egging him on—'now what you goin' to do?—and Camile suddenly leaned forward and kissed this guy on the lip."

Meet the Author

George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1927
Date of Death:
September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
New York, NY
Education:
B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952

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