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{Download Ebook} ß Straight Up and Personal: The World According to Grapes Ï There s no holding him back Known for his opinions and unabashed expression of them Don Cherry has been causing debate for decades Topics on Coach s Corner sometimes veer away from sports and on to other matters that are near and dear to Cherry s heart the war in Afghanistan and politics, among many others In Straight Up and Personal, Cherry shares his thoughts on a broader range of issues than he ever has before He shares some of his personal experiences on and off the ice, and offers the lessons he s learned along the way This is Don Cherry straight up and personal Not great Don might be running out of stories The journal style bits were okay Weirdly, there was lots of repetition for a 200 page book Also not sure if this was edited It s basically a Don Cherry stream of consciousness. I have to admit I somewhat agreed with Don about his comments and his firing I don t agree with the way be said it.Reading this book, you get the sense in the first 2 chapters that Don is anti immigrant It did make me want to stop reading but I respect Don so I continued.The stories are not bad but some are a bit boring.What really soured me is towards the end when he writes I saw a guy who was a poster boy for terrorism pass by What is a poster boy for terrorism I found that very racist a I have to admit I somewhat agreed with Don about his comments and his firing I don t agree with the way be said it.Reading this book, you get the sense in the first 2 chapters that Don is anti immigrant It did make me want to stop reading but I respect Don so I continued.The stories are not bad but some are a bit boring.What really soured me is towards the end when he writes I saw a guy who was a poster boy for terrorism pass by What is a poster boy for terrorism I found that very racist as there is no one look for evil The most innocent looking person can commit the worst atrocities.I really wish Don the best but the world has changed and we all just besensitive to others The first half of the book about Sochi and visiting Afghanistan I actually didn t like at all It was a poorly written diary with not a lot of interesting material He even has a whole section written by a commedian he went to Afghanistan with that just sort of gives a how is the weather type recount The second half is muchinteresting, starts at musings , which isthought out hockey stories He repeats things here and there as you really get the feel that he just comes home on a g The first half of the book about Sochi and visiting Afghanistan I actually didn t like at all It was a poorly written diary with not a lot of interesting material He even has a whole section written by a commedian he went to Afghanistan with that just sort of gives a how is the weather type recount The second half is muchinteresting, starts at musings , which isthought out hockey stories He repeats things here and there as you really get the feel that he just comes home on a given day and writes a little three page story for the book Don Cherry is not a great writer nor even an average writer Yet he is still an important writer because he possesses a wealth of stories that few others are capable of telling And he possesses a wide reaching audience for these stories that those few others can match That he is not known for his literary skills is a fact even he would side with But he is undeterred which is a trait that the faithful follower already knows and the newly converted will eventually recognize It has been noted t Don Cherry is not a great writer nor even an average writer Yet he is still an important writer because he possesses a wealth of stories that few others are capable of telling And he possesses a wide reaching audience for these stories that those few others can match That he is not known for his literary skills is a fact even he would side with But he is undeterred which is a trait that the faithful follower already knows and the newly converted will eventually recognize It has been noted that he falls into the trap of hackneyed prose or of repeating himself too often It has also been noted that the editor of his books, this one in particular, have failed to reign in his linguistic shortcomings Both are true and untrue at the same time To hear Mr Cherry weave a story is to listen outside of the box When he speaks of Eddie Shore or the Boston Bruins or of his days riding the bus with the Springfield Indians we now know what to expect but the words on the page revert back to the voice and the passion that he uses from his pulpit on Hockey Night In Canada that so many of us have tuned into at some point in our lives You can hear his voice rising You can hear his voice breaking You can hear his voice hitch as he laughs either at himself or the absurity of a life in hockey Not every hockey reader wants to hear yet again that Eddie Shore was the Darth Vader of hockey or that the Springfield Indians was the Siberia of the American Hockey League Some, probably most, couldn t care less if they never heard another story about his lunch pail Boston Bruins of the mid to late seventies or of his too many men gaffe of the 1979 semi finals against the suddenly down on their knees Montreal Canadians What many might miss, and what this book serves to illustrate, is that these references are not mere andecdotes offered for the amusement of the easily amused hockey fan but rather lessons of humility and finding hope in the cold shadows of failure Never one to hide his Christian beliefs, Mr Cherry is counting his blessings one by one as he makes peace with his regrets As hockey moves further and further into a style that many older fans no longer care for myself being one of them , who will keep the past alive as well as Don Cherry As long as he is with us, the darkness of Eddie Shore is still with us, the flair of Guy Lafleur is still with us, the artistry of Bobby Orr is still with us All are young again All are visions of a caliber of hockey that does not live any yet remain vital to the existance of the game of hockey Whose career in the game today spans so many years that he can name drop Toe Blake and wind up in Sochi Russia for the 2014 Winter Games Of all my favourite passages in the book, the best comes when he sat down with legendary goalie Ken Dryen recently and reminded him that without the too many men incident, the Boston Bruins would have knocked the Canadians out of the playoffs and then gone on to win the Stanley Cup Dryden, who is a gifted writer and noted deep thinker, came back with If you won, you would have been just another has been coach with his name on the Cup Instead, you re that famous guy on TV Winning in spite of himself The Lord helping those who help themselves Cherry never really wraps it up So before there is another book, will someone please buy him an I Survived Eddie Shore s Springfield Indians tshirt