I Hate Hockey

I Hate Hockey

Book - 2011
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"I hate hockey!" is the first and last sentence in this novel that offers a great take on our love-hate relationship with hockey. Narrator Antoine Vachon blames the game for killing his marriage with his beautiful ex-wife (well, that and the power outage that brought her home unexpectedly to find him in bed with her intern). But hockey is a pretext for unlikely adventure in this sardonic roman noir that at times flirts with the outrageous.Antoine Vachon is a total loser living in a pitiful bachelor apartment after he has lost his wife and his job as a car salesman. When his son's hockey coach is found dead, he is browbeaten into coaching the team for one game. He makes it through the game (to great comic effect), but things take a turn for the worse when they stop at a motel after the game. Who killed the former coach and why? Was Antoine's son involved? Or his ex-wife? The late coach was liked by all and was a pillar in the community. He was close to his player, perhaps too close... Why is Antoine unable to communicate with his son?
Publisher: Montréal : Baraka Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781926824130
Branch Call Number: BARCE
Characteristics: 99 p.


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Feb 04, 2013

Hockey fans know Canadians have some odd genetic predisposition to hockey. This book paints a Quebecois hockey vignette, and I question how far it is from the truth. The book is a very fast read, kind of fun, but not at all uplifting. I wouldn't recommend this to many -- only avid hockey fans over 13. But then, it's really not that great a book.

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