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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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

Review: The Rocket: A Cultural History of Maurice Richard

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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)

Benoît Melançon , a professor of literature at the Université de Montréal, has published and edited numerous books on Québécois and eighteenth century French literature and on the cultures of Quebec and Canada. He is research director of the Presses de l'Université de Montréal and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics in the Middle East. He has reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse , CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir . He currently resides in Montreal, Quebec.

Roy MacGregor is the bestselling author of "Home Team: Fathers, Sons, and Hockey" (shortlisted for the Governor General's Award), "Northern Light", and "Canadians". Currently, he is a regular columnist for the "Globe & Mail". His journalism has earned him four National Magazine Awards and two National Newspaper Awards. In 2012 he became a Media Honouree Hockey Hall of Fame. He lives in Ottawa.

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