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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
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Feb 03, 08

Read in February, 2008

A good rule to live by is that any book that has detailed descriptions of Italian meals is worth reading. I found Playing for Pizza very enjoyable and no exception to that rule. It tells the story of Rick Dockery, a journeyman third string quarterback in the NFL, who after a disastorous game in which he was the goat, can only find work on a semi-pro football team in Parma, Italy. Somewhat predictably, he rediscovers his love of the game, is welcomed by his gregarious teamates, and discovers the joys of Italy as an antidote to his many years of bouncing from apartment to apartment in city after city.

What I really enjoyed about this book, other than the descriptions of meals, is that Grisham wasn't too ambitious. It's a quick, light, fun read. It doesn't have 800 pages to develop the main character. So Rick starts off as only a moderate asshole, essentially a decent guy who has somewhat negatively conformed to the world around him. He doesn't finish the story as a cultured lover of opera and baroque architecture. It's believable. Tolstoy, this is not (I don't know why I say things like that, I've never even read Tolstoy), but it's a really good read.
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Dscheeres I just read Anna Karennina (*stifles yawn*). Playing for pizza was better - I'm glad it wasn't Tolstoy


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