But all Rick knows is American football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback. Great says Rick - for which team?
The mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.
Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a player from the home of American football at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers, at least until a better offer comes along, and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is), has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian.
To say that Italy, the land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance, and football americano, holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
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As an non US person I found this thoroughly enjoyable. I know nothing about the rather silly game where guys needs to put pads on where Rugby Union does it without but nevertheless it maintained pace and was good fun from start to finish............. I found myself wishing there was more
John Grisham wrote about Italy in "The Broker", and much of this novel has a travel feel to it.
As a non-american I know precious little about American Football, but I still enjoyed this book as much as "Bleachers", although I may have missed some of the finer points.
This book is not a thriller, but it has an interesting and heartwarming story line, and seems perfectly plausible.
Christopher Evan Welch does an excellent job of narration, and brings the story to life. This is not an all-time classic novel, but it is enjoyable and well worth the listening time.
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
I really like this story. It wasn't a difficult read. It was a nice, easy, enjoyable story.
Well written and well read. Great characters, funny in spots. Great insight into Italian Grid Iron. Good concept. Not the most original but quite fun.
"pizza in paradise"
I thought this book was absolutely delightful and was disappointed when it finished. I read some very negative reviews from UK readers on Amazon and almost didn't purchase the audio book. I'm glad I did. It's a lighthearted love story- love for football (the american version), love for all things Italian, and regular old boy-girl love. I'm a fan of 'futball americano' so quite enjoyed the story of the washed up quarterback who finds not just his game, but his humanity and appreciation for what's really important in life when he is 'deported' to the Italian version of the NFL. John Grisham's descriptions of Italian food made me hungry and I've now put Parma on my list of Italian cities to visit. OK- so this isn't your typical Grisham legal thriller, but he's a wonderful writer, whatever the genre.
I've bought and enjoyed many Grisham books so thought this would be another gripping read. Whilst the story is well told and excellently read I was disappointed to find that it wasn't a typical Grisham courtroom drama or mystery. The whole story is based around an American football player, if you follow American football you would no doubt enjoy the story, but I know nothing about the game so my enjoyment of the book was limited.
Yes, but I'll read the blurb more carefully next time
"Playing for Pizza"
If you follow American Football this would be more interesting but never the less an interesting yarn giving some insight into Italian ways.
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