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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"The Good Body" is a triumphant blend of mordant humor and heartbreak. By turns hilarious and poignant, it's the story of retired pro-hockey ruffian Bobby Bonaduce, who is stubbornly ignoring a disease that may be killing him. Bobby returns to his hometown and scams his way into university in a misguided attempt to redeem his messy past and lay emotional claim to a son he...more
ebook, 296 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by House of Anansi Press (first published March 28th 2000)
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Read in July, 2010

Oh my. This is such a wonderful story that I wonder where I was when the book first came out in 2000. As I said in my first entry here, I picked this book up at the library's discards sale. Now, examining the book, I see that there are no library markings and the copy I have was actually published in 2010 by House of Anansi Press. How did it get to the library sale? How lucky am I to be the one who found it there. Pure serendipity.

The Good Body reminds me very much of Paul Quar...more
I don't, as a general rule, read books like this. I don't like what seems to be called literary fiction, books where the focus is almost entirely on the characters and there's...well, there's plot, but it's mostly there to serve the character's journey of discovery or whatever you want to call it.

My life involves a lot of sitting around and thinking, and a plot with no clear cut villians or endings. I don't want the same out of my escapism.

I picked this book up because it was tagged as hockey fi...more
Minor-league hockey goon Bobby Bonaduce discovers he has MS and returns to Fredericton, hoping for one last chance to play hockey with the son he abandoned. His son plays for UNB; to get on the team, Bonaduce (now a more dignified "Robert") cheats his way into the creative writing MFA program. Complications ensue.

Bonaduce is a likable goofball surrounded by good, clearly drawn characters, and The Good Body is funny and engaging throughout. But the ending is unsatisfying.

This novel could easily...more
Candace Klenk
Dec 21, 2009 Candace Klenk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: IDK
Have you ever see The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke? This is kinda like that movie except instead of the guy being a washed up wrestler he's a washed up hockey player, but this book wasn't really as much about hockey as the Wrestler was about wrestling.

I liked the book. I gave it an average rating just because this isn't a book that I would tell someone "OMG! YOU HAVE TO READ THIS" I read it, it was an easy read (I read it in 2 days). I did find is somewhat hard to put down, which is wierd cuz I d...more
This was a great read. After 20 years playing minor league hockey and never making the pros, Bob returns to a small Canadian town to try to reconnect with the son and wife he abandoned years before. Goes back to college to Try to play college hockey even though he has been diagnosed with MS. well written and much humor in what is basically a tragedy.
Another on the hockey summer reading list; I wanted to like it, and the writing was technically solid, but it was hard to relate to the protagonist, who mostly seemed like an unrealistic dumbass, and the ending was out of left field and didn't jive with the rest of the narrative. Weird book.
May 08, 2007 Cassie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hockey fans, canadian literature fans
I absolutely loved this book! It was very relateable and emotional. And as Gaston has pointed out in interviews, there is so much great Canadian literature, and so much Canadian love for hockey, but the two rarely combine. And in this instance they do and the result is great.
I read this again and upped my rating. I love Bill Gaston. This novel is sensitive, insightful, gorgeously written and unsentimental. What films strive to be and more often than not, fail.
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but the ending was just really terrible. Nothing got resolved in the end, this book was meh.
Hockey player in the minors. Goes back to college in Fredericton, Canada. Sees his son Jason and his ex-wife Leah. He has MS.
Kevin Gallan
the best book i have read this year
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