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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (Jan. 1981)
  • ISBN-10: 0553139819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553139815
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jake La Motta fought 106 pro bouts, winning 83, 30 by KO. He subsequently owned a night-club in Miami and had character roles in several films and TV programs. He lives in New York City.Joseph Carter is the author of a number of books and magazines and worked on the staffs of Newsweek and the New York Herald Tribune.Peter Savage, an actor, producer, and director, is Jake La Motta's boyhood friend. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "paul_heppell2" on 20 May 2003
Format: Paperback
The problem with this book is that it will always be compared unfavourably to the wonderful film of the same name. Make no mistake though this is a truely magnificent book.
The story is told with genuine warmth, humour and honesty but at the end of reading it I was left with a nagging sense of discomfort. I realised that this was down to the fact that despite the humour Jake La Motta is not the sort of man you could like but you have to acknowledge that his story is gripping.
Raised in abject poverty he resorted to violence, theft, rape and mugging. Channelling his rage he eventually became midle weight champion of the world but even this wasn't straight forward. The book also details La Motta's rivalry with, possibly the best boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson and details their epic fights.
La Motta was probably one of the finest fighters of all time and as a fighter richly deserves all the plaudits, as a person he left a lot to be desired. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Stiles on 5 Feb. 2002
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LaMotta knew what it was like to have nothing, to live in a run down neighbourhood in a cold water
flat. It tore the heart out of him to see his mother physically abused by his father and be on the end of his fathers vicious tounge. When La Motta grew up he had the same evil temper as his father and some evil traits stemming from his background. He raped his best friends girl friend Viola, he mugged a bookie with a lead pipe thinking he had killed him, he threw a big fight for the mob to get a title bout against Marcel Cerdan. His redeeming points are he beat Cerdan for the title and became middleweight champion. He came face to face with the bookie he thought he had murdered and was releived to know he was not a murderer,he had a troubled conscience about what he done to Viola. He was a real raging bull
from New Yorks Bronx loosing his way more than once, and climbing back out of the pit and redeeming him self with some goods works with his children and former wives and his best friend Peter Savage. A good read with Nick Torches giving a new introduction to start you of on a good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G Griffiths on 10 Oct. 2002
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Jake La Motta (along with Joseph Carter) writes his autobiography, detailing his violent life, from his childood of gambling, fighting, stealing, and murder, to his life in the ring, his struggle to become champ, his run-ins with the mafia, and to his eventual retirement, where he faces his inner demons.
What is so surprising about the novel is how it is written.... the atttention to detail, the use of language and words. This does not feel like an auobiography written by a punch-drunk boxer, but a story told with great skill and warmth. There is a fond rememberance of his childhood, but La Motta doesn't disguise the fact he was an evil, violent person, and in some cases, yes, he does try to explai why he did such actions, but I got the feeling he has just accepted what he had done was bad. Of course, La Motta's story has been transformed to the big screen by such talents as Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro (quite possibly their best fim), but their adaptation, if truth be told, is not an accurate loo at La Motta's life. They have only used La Motta's autobiography to tell a tale - and admittedly a great one. Events have been altered, some made up, some non-existent, but it's all for purpose. Fans of boxing and fans of the movie should definately read this, if only to make comparison's to Scorsese's masterpiece. Also, for an interesting read, pick up 'Raging Bull II: Continuing the story of Jake La Motta', an interesting read that carries on where the original left off, and goes into the making of the movie from La Motta's point of view.Either way, a fabulous read, often shocking, violent, and cruel, but also very funny, humerous in many parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Asmodeous on 16 Aug. 2009
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Reading the book is a very different experience to watching the film - similar themes but told very differently. In the book Jake is certainly more likeable though just as self destructive. The film was a composite of the book - taking key themes and moulding them into a cinematic experience (taking certain events out of sequence / ommitting characters and scenes in some instances and inventing/expanding upon scenes and characters in the other)The book is well told and fast paced though at times it is hard to stay sympathetic and keep reading about a character who is so self absorbed and self destructive - in this respect both film and book leave the audience with a similar reaction...fascination, but a feeling of emptiness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yorkie on 25 Jan. 2009
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I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the film.La Motta was a pretty bad man and even though he threw a fight to get the World Title shot he craved,he wasn't intimidated by the Mafia and wasn't scared of anyone.A good book for anyone to read but a great book for boxing fans and if you are old enough to remember the era,you will enjoy it all the more.As it says at the beginning it is written more like a novel than a book and is all the more enjoyable for it,imo.I agree with one of the other reviewer's who said the La Motta story is a guide on how not to live your life.Great boxer though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Howard on 22 Jan. 2015
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I've read a few boxers biographies,Ali, jack dempsey, benny lynch, I've got to say ,without a doubt, this easily the best by far, and though the film raging bull is amazing,the book is ten times better.I could not put this book down.fantastic read, I would highly recommend it.
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