The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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A visually stunning cultural history of the beloved hockey star who came to symbolize a nation.

The fiery Maurice Richard was the highestscoring NHL player of his era, the first to achieve the feat of fifty goals in fifty games. Les yeux de Maurice Richard, as it was first published in 2006 in Quebec, won the Prix Marcel Couture 2007 from the Salon du livre de MontrÈal. Translated here by the award-winning Fred A. Reed, The Rocket revisits highlights of the esteemed Number 9's greatest feats and most memorable moments, including his 1955 suspension for hitting a referee and the famous street riot that followed. The author goes well beyond the man to fully explore the myth that remains today.

From Bob Hill's song "Saga of Maurice Richard" to Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater and Al Purdy's "Homage to Reeshard," cultural historian Benoit Melancon draws on print sources, photos, and illustrations to show how sportswriters, artists, playwrights, politicians, and citizens immortalized the Rocket.

The Rocket celebrates Richard in all his glory. This book is also in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens, the Rocket's one and only team.

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User Review  - Dan Hogan - Goodreads

Very detailed account of Maurice Richard's influence on Quebec culture. Minimal hockey babble so it's a good read for anyone interested in the culture of La Belle Province. At times the detail can be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denis - Goodreads

Benoit Melancon's examination of what Maurice Richard meant to Canadians, French-Canadians, Quebecois and Montrealers reads as an extended sociological thesis. The reader walks away with an ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Acclaimed author Martine Desjardins works as a freelance writer, translator, and journalist for ""L'actualite"" magazine.
Award-winning author and translator David Homel also works as a journalist, editor, and screenwriter.
Fred A. Reed is an international journalist, acclaimed author, and award-winning translator.

In the fall of 2006, Roy MacGregor, veteran newspaperman, magazine writer, and author of books, came to campus. Since 2002, MacGregor had been writing columns for the "Globe and Mail", but he had a long and distinguished career in hand before he came to the national newspaper. He has won National Newspaper Awards and in 2005 was named an officer in the Order of Canada. He is the author of more than 40 books -- 28 of them in the internationally successful Screech Owls mystery series for young readers -- on subjects ranging from Canada, to the James Bay Cree, to hockey. That fall, he spoke to a packed room in the St. Thomas chapel. After the lecture, Hermenegilde Chiasson, the Acadian poet, artist, and New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor of the day, hosted a reception at the majestic Old Government House on the banks of the St. John River. MacGregor spent the evening surrounded by young journalists and the conversation continued late into the night. After all

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