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I Hate Hockey

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"I hate hockey!" is the first and last sentence in this novel that offers a great take on our love-hate relationship with sports, be it hockey, football, soccer or baseball. 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 ...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Baraka Books (first published May 16th 2011)
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This book is FULL of surprises! Don't let the title deceive you! This is not a book all about Hockey. You do not need to be fan of or know anything about Hockey to really enjoy this book. I myself, I really really don't like sports =P, any of them really.

This book was a suuuper quick read! I only picked it up twice and it was done, Im sure I could have finished it in one go but I've got 3 kids lol so I read during nap and after they were in bed, took me like 2hours mayyybe, not even that I don't
Peter McCambridge
Oct 26, 2011 Peter McCambridge rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I translated this book, so you might suspect I'm not being objective, but nothing could be further from the truth: From all the novels I read I thought this was the one that deserved to reach a wider audience in English and that I would have fun reading time and time again. In other words, I don't love the book because I translated it: I translated it because I love it.

The dark, dark humour might not be to everyone's liking, but I still found myself chuckling away on the ninth and tenth reread,
I can't believe Barcelo has published over 40 books. The book reads as if he were just making the plot up as he typed away. It didn't seem thought through very well at all, and the ending was just ridiculous. I'll admit there were some darkly funny parts, but all in all, I'm glad it only took me 90 minutes to read this "novel" (I've read short stories that were longer).

Also, the narrator/anti-hero Antoine spouts some really disgusting racist stuff that goes completely unremarked, and it's never
**This is a goodreads giveaway I won**

This book was originaly written in French and it takes place in the province of Québec, where I was born and still live.

This was a major hurdle for me, because I read the book with a French accent (when characters talked, they had a strong French accent). This broughts many interpretations that don't belong to the book.

Because of all that, I found the book to be OK at most.

I'll have to read it again (with an English accent)to validate my thoughts.
Jennifer D. Munro
What a bizarre, dark, unsettling, funny book. I felt like there were plot holes disguised as the first person narrator's cluelessness, things that didn't in the end quite make sense, and wanted to re-read it immediately to figure that out, but decided I didn't care. I'm also not sure the ending was quite "earned." I think this book would make for a lively book-group discussion, with some people throwing it across the room and others calling it their favorite. It's a fast, easy read.
This short novel by Francois Barcelo was interesting. It was written in a style unlike most stories & kept me wanting to know more. I'm not really sure I cared for the ending & I can certainly understand why the main character Antoine Vachon is in the process of divorce but something about the writing kept me very interested.
Écrit par François Barcelo, le maître de l'humour noir et grinçant. Dérangeant, il aborde les thèmes de la pédophilie, du meurtre et du suicide...
Lloyd Elliott
i was quite disappointed in this book. not one i would recommend. sorry :(
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François Barcelo est né le 4 décembre 1941, à Montréal.
Après avoir obtenu une maîtrise ès-arts en littérature française à l'université de Montréal, il devenait rédacteur publicitaire au service de plusieurs agences successives. À 28 ans, il était nommé vice-président de la Compagnie J. Walter Thompson (qui était alors la plus grande agence de publicité du monde). Confronté à un avenir trop prévis
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