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Zero Tollerance An Intimate Memoir by the Man Who Revolutionized Figure Skating

Cranston, Toller with Kimball, Martha Lowder

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ISBN 10: 0771023340 / ISBN 13: 9780771023347
Published by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Toronto, 1997
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BOOK: Spine Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Lightly Soiled. DUST JACKET: In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. CONTENTS: Prologue: The Genesis of a Legend 1 The Declining Canadian Champion 2 The Descent into Fantasy 3 The Viennese Waltz 4 Berlin 5 Le Patineur du Siecle 6 Tokyo 7 Beijing 8 Ice 9 In the Land of the Mamba 10 Upstaging Joan Collins 11 Vignettes 12 The Electric Chair 13 Reaching for Dry Land 14 Trial and Error 15 Lessons Learned 16 The Great Unknowns 17 Three Funerals; Epilogue: Lausanne; The Photographs; Index. SYNOPSIS: Part memoir, part entertainment, part commentary on a life lived as art, Toller Cranston tells tales as only he can, including: The only skating show in Haiti . . . The Broadway triumph that failed . . . The great monkey showdown . . . The pachinko wizard . . . Upstaging Joan Collins . . . The lost dog and the Cabbagetown street people . . . The decimation of John Curry . . . The wrong Miss America . . . Sonja Henie's prediction . . . Sex in Holiday on Ice . . . Golf among the mambas . . . The auction of the century . . . and other stories too strange not to be true! - and - Toller Cranston is: six-time Canadian figure-skating champion, celebrity, costume designer, artist extraordinaire, broadcaster, choreographer of skating routines, raconteur, bon vivant, coach, world traveller, art collector, legend, and enigma. In 1976 he won Olympic bronze (so why did it feel like defeat?). This book tells the story of his life after those fateful games at Innsbruck. The rise and fall of Toller's first professional ice show is described in soul-searing detail. His subsequent triumphant tour of Europe as the Skater of the Century is recounted, in contrast, with wicked humour. There are vignettes here of his encounters with the rich and famous from Leonard Bernstein to Pierre Cardin and of his life among Europe's aristocrats and bohemians. Toller has experienced the high life and the low. He has stayed in the most luxurious hotels, held court in palatial houses, sough seclusion in beautiful estates. But the hard times have taken their toll. In the early 1990s a combination of circumstances, including a disastrous professional association with out-of-control American skater Christopher Bowman and a lawsuit that dragged on for years (ending in complete victory for Toller), led to a personal crisis from which recovery came slowly. But even in the blackest hours, Toller's humour and creative powers never deserted him. This generously illustrated book is an extraordinary self-portrait written by a uniquely gifted individual. Toller's wit, insight, and delicious way with words will entertain and astound readers whether they are skating fans or not. Toller Cranston continues to skate professionally and paint prolifically. He divides his time between Toronto and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Martha Lowder Kimball, who collaborated with Toller in writing Zero Tollerance, lives in Jamestown, New York. Her work appears frequently in magazines and periodicals devoted to figure skating. She is presently completing a biography of Robin Cousins and is working with Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay on a book about their skating career. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002742

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Title: Zero Tollerance An Intimate Memoir by the ...

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Inc., Toronto

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition 1st Printing.

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Toller Cranston is: six-time Canadian figure-skating champion, celebrity, costume designer, artist extraordinaire, broadcaster, choreographer of skating routines, raconteur, bon vivant, coach, world traveller, art collector, legend, and enigma. In 1976 he won Olympic bronze (so why did it feel like defeat?). This book tells the story of his life after those fateful games at Innsbruck.

The rise and fall of Toller’s first professional ice show is described in soul-searing detail. His subsequent triumphant tour of Europe as the Skater of the Century is recounted, in contrast, with wicked humour. There are vignettes here of his encounters with the rich and famous from Leonard Bernstein to Pierre Cardin and of his life among Europe’s aristocrats and bohemians. Toller has experienced the high life and the low. He has stayed in the most luxurious hotels, held court in palatial houses, sought seclusion in beautiful estates. But the hard times have taken their toll.

In the early 1990s a combination of circumstances, including a disastrous professional association with out-of-control American skater Christopher Bowman and a lawsuit that dragged on for years (ending in complete victory for Toller), led to a personal crisis from which recovery came slowly. But even in the blackest hours, Toller’s humour and creative powers never deserted him.

This generously illustrated book is an extraordinary self-portrait written by a uniquely gifted individual. Toller’s wit, insight, and delicious way with words will entertain and astound readers whether they are skating fans or not.

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“An edgy, humorous look into the self-absorbed world of figure skating.”
Edmonton Sun

“Insightful, blunt and often refreshing, and just as often overstated....This dishy, who-was-there-and-what-he-wore memoir does, in fact, reveal much about the man behind the dramas.”
Edmonton Journal

“A chatty, gossipy, hilarious, insightful, silly and sobering autobiography.”
Globe and Mail

“Bold, brazen and totally unabashed.”
London Free Press

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