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On Boxing [Unknown Binding]

Joyce Carol Oates
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4 Sep 1997
Joyce Carol Oates explores the world of professional boxing, examining the subject from many angles: boxing as metaphor, spectacle and history, boxing as seen in literature and film and by women. The author chronicles many famous figures such as Jack Dempsey, Barry McGuigan, Joe Louis and others.;Oates writes of "stiffs and bums" who make a living out of losing and the big-earning champs like Ali who made $70 million with his fists. She explores boxing's links with racism and the violent streets - long the recruiting ground for generations of professional pugilists.;Joyce Carol Oates is also author of the novel "Marya: A Life", "A Garden of Earthly Delights" and "Them", winner of the 1970 National Book Award.

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  • Unknown Binding: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; New edition edition (4 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747537666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747537663
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,972,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including 'We Were the Mulvaneys', which was an Oprah Book Club Choice, and 'Blonde', which was nominated for the National Book Award. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.

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The young welterweights are surely conscious of the chorus of jeers, boos, and catcalls in this great cavernous space reaching up into the cheap twenty-dollar seats in the balconies amid the constant milling of people in the aisles, the commingled smells of hotdogs, beer, cigarette and cigar smoke, hair oil. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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An excellent read on a fascinating subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Academic Writes Boxing 18 Jan 2013
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Oates's study of boxing is based on her long-standing interest in the sport and is informed by her attendance at some of the matches she discusses. Her perspective as an academic leads to a genuine effort to understand the contradictions of that crazy yet compelling activity, probably best named prize-fighting. Her book is unusual in the intelligence of its insights and I would recommend it to any thoughtful fan of the not always so sweet science.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for your typical boxing fan. 12 Mar 2010
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This was probably the most difficult book i had to rate, As mentioned in the title if you are the typical boxing fan, then avoid at all cost, it is not for you. However, if you are both a fan of boxing AND fond of literature (you read hemingway and budd schulberg) and want to see the two intertwine then this may appeal to you (strong emphasis on the may). It provides a narrative that could not be produced by a male, the author Joyce Oates, is an author of many books, and none like this. Many critics claim she has entitled herself to a nobel prize in literature, i write this so you understand what type of read to prepare for, this is not Mcllvaney, it is not shulberg and it is certainly not bert sugar, it is a female perspective on a masculine sport. One thing i do commend the author for is her ability to bring to surface all the emotions that evolve around and within that ring in such a beautifully poetical format, an ability i have not experienced with other authors of the fight game. Only for a special type of reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Aug 2014
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Female perspective, articulate and a classic for the right reasons. Joyce nails it!
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