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Playing With Fire book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench duri. The Globe and Mail Theo Fleury, who had walked away from hockey in , Playing with Fire is Theo Fleury's journey to hell and back, a book no one can. This is a book cover for a Harpercollins publication. In Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as.
I really appre Ugh—yikes—this was both invigorating and triggering. That takes guts. I also wonder how the book would have been different if it had been written now, ten years later—I judge that he has healed a lot in the time since publishing Playing With Fire and probably has lost a lot of the ego and anger that dripped from the pages.
I found him frustrating Ultimately, I respect that he was able to open up about such scary stuff—that is NOT easy. And yeah, it was triggering because I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse from a person my parents and the community trusted and respected.
It hit home HARD. I cried when I heard that. So real. Actually, it's one of the best books I've ever read. I've read a lot of memoirs and biographies, and this one is brutally honest -- heartbreakingly so. Hooray for New Time hockey! Jun 27, Rachel Anne rated it it was amazing. I put this book on my reading list after seeing the play.
I was amazed at how clearly Fleury's personal voice came through in the book format. The book was brave, and Fleury consistently told the truth, no matter how personally embarrassing, in order to write a cautionary tale.
Not only does he write to empower victims of abuse, but to also warn young athletes that making it to the professional level isn't worth everything.
I was amazed. Great book, which I cannot recommend enough. Apr 22, Tracy rated it it was amazing.
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Review
As a hockey fan who watched Fleury play and remembering several of the players, games and news stories it was interesting to hear his side of things. To go through what he went through and come out not only alive but to have found positives out of it all is amazing! Oct 16, Jim Donovan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tragic is the only word that comes to mind.
The abuse this man went through as a youth is nothing short of stupefying. Not even sure there are words that reach the level it would take to properly describe the abuse. To go on a play in the NHL for as many years as he did at his size is a testament to the human spirit. Hats off Theo you are an amazing person. Jun 20, Blake Blondeel rated it it was amazing.
Understand Theo fleury path in a time of struggle and revelation of his sexual abused history. How this affected him. This book is more of a self healing process for Theo but still can teach you a lot about power relations, hegemony, social construction of hockey players, duality of structure amongst social issue theories.
Starts with a near bang and ends with a glimmer of hope.
Oct 31, Daniel Westman rated it liked it. They say hockey players are stupid. Well, in this case they were right! Fleury cheats on his wife, gambles away his money and do tons of drugs.
Then he says that he has no regrets. Jan 02, Chrisine rated it it was ok Shelves: Theo is so full of himself it was nauseating to read at times. Im the best. I wont a Stanley Cup what did you do?
I won this I won that. Woe is me. One of the worst hockey bios I have read. Sep 24, Gord rated it did not like it. Not great! Honest and brutal, but a compelling read.
I found the book to be poorly written with the majority of pages filled with Theo bragging about himself while putting other individuals and groups of people down. Very disappointing read. Jul 03, Sarah rated it really liked it. Would not have enjoyed this as much if it had featured another sport or even another team - Go Flames! Also, how is Fleury still alive???
Incredibly honest about his experiences. Nov 07, Josh rated it it was amazing. Extremely dark book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entirety. Fascinating story of a person with many demons. Fluery is a badass. I remember Fluery.
I don't really remember what I thought about Fluery. Like I remember him for sure. I liked hockey as much as anyone could who didnt play hockey.
I was into it. Played the video games and what not and thats the best way to learn all the players really. Played street hockey as a kid.
A lil' Shinny. But not organized. I remember Fluery being small and a massive shit disturber. I knew he was alright, I never really registered that he was captain of the fl wowza. I knew he was alright, I never really registered that he was captain of the flames though, or that he was "An elite player" as he constantly puts it, but in hindsight I suppose he was. He talks maaaaaad shit in this book. Calls people out. Lots of people! And he definitely is a super bitch about refs.
I guess thats his natural enemy though, so that makes sense. Also for a guy like him to come out with the abuse thing, thats massive. Go ahead, call out whoever you want in your book then. He was pretty decent though.
Review: Playing With Fire, by Theo Fleury
I understand why everyone would be skeptical to build your team around him, but ultimately he's a point per game, big game player. Guy puts up numbers. He's also kind of silently got the credentials too.
Him on the cup team flames is at the beginning of my life so I don't remember that, and while he boasts the flames as contenders which I guess they were, I wasn't really paying attention to them. My fault. So he harps on that for a bunch, but then when he's carrying the team they suck. He does the juniors which is dope, and I must say during those olympics' I was one who kind of questioned why he was on the team.
Just as a hockey casual. I thought there would have been someone else I remember the womens game got absolutely ripped! They called a thousand penalties but they still won.
That was classic. This was the year Sakic was a monster. Again, remember Fluery being there But whatever.
He's clearly good. Pretty awesome I guess.
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Then there's the guy's story which is absolutely insane. I had no idea he was so goddamn sloppy. Jesus Christ. Guy is just belligerent. Just straight up, fucking hulking out raging all the live long day. It's written in way too where, he's just telling you what happened. It's got a little spice on it for sure, but it's not even crazy enough to not be true. He tells numbers and details that kind of let you know it happened.
Most of the shit is public knowledge too. Just clubs he went to, money he made, downloading shit and spending on shit. He also remembers specific plays and runs through series and sequences the way an actual athlete does.
Shades of Agassi's book, how he details matches. Fluery remembers specific games and plays and walks you through them.
Maybe even a little too much. And holy shit does he do a lot of cocaine. He just goes into it all. Perhaps the most entertaining biography I've ever read. It was wild. It wasn't particularly well written or anything. But it plays out like him just talking to you. If you like hockey at all, this dude is a legend. If not for his play just for writing this book. Even if you don't like hockey, Fluery is an animal.
You could probably rip through this book in a day as well. It took me about 3 and a daddled big time. As for me, I feel like I'm falling apart. Or just fading away? Just existing. I feel a spell of nihilism coming on. I'm anxious. What am I doing? Canadian Booksellers Association. Retrieved Calgary Herald. National Post. Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved from " https: Hidden categories:More Details On the other hand, these same people may have a sense of entitlement, a sense that they are special in a narcissistic sort of a way.
Fleury shares all in this raw, captivating, and hon In Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player, and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home. With sobriety finally comes peace, though he makes it clear this is an ongoing process to rebuild relationships, especially with his children.
There were a lot of guys like me in the game, but they didn't want anyone to know that. I thought there would have been someone else It took me about 3 and a daddled big time.
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