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Rumble, Young Man, Rumble (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – May 2004


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400030358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400030354
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,220,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great read 7 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book jacket compares this book to Thom Jones and Palahniuk. I agree with the comparison. These are strong stories about confused tough guys and wannabe-tough guys. The stories don't seem as "perfect" as some other short story collections out there, but I actually liked this--it made the stories feel more real, and less labored-over. The writing is fresh without feeling overly "literary."
The best thing about this book is that the stories are just plain interesting. They have plot; you want to see what happens next. That's a rare compliment to pay to a short-story collection these days.
All in all, this is a very good read, recommended. Five stars.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 18 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was pretty skeptical about this book because of the hype and what I knew about the subject matter. But I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is beautiful. I'm not much of a boxing fan and I have to admit I found the violence a little hard to take. But I loved the humor and the passion. I especially loved "The Ropes." It almost made me cry.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love it or Hate it! 10 Jun. 2003
By Hugh Weisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book seems to engender very strong reactions from readers, and that's all to the good. The reactions seem to even vary story by story. A recent New York Times Sunday book review used rather strong language in essentially panning several of the first stories in the book, and then turned around and praised the last story, I think that the only explanation is the stories touch on dark and hidden emotions buried within all of us, and that some readers can not deal with what it awakens within themselves. To me, that is evidence of the power of this book, that with spare dialogue and in the limited span of eight or fifteen pages of a short story, Cavell not only keep us more than interested. He can scare and thrill and stimulate our deepest primordial impulses. All in all, I couldn't put it down until I read it through.
Rumble Peters Out 28 Jan. 2005
By Bohdan Kot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Benjamin Cavell's debut collection of short stories explores masculinity through an over-the-hill ex-jock, a rising politician, a paranoid office employee and other testosterone-driven males who have plenty of bark, but no real bite to them. Their tough facades are exposed, and of course, the men are cowering like a small child - not a new notion, but it is explored with such prevailing sadness that you may want to offer consolation to the characters.

Cavell, an ex-boxer, does his best writing in one of the longest short stories, "Ropes." Alex Folsom recalls his knockout, "Spotlights made the ring rise up in front of me like a blue island in a sea of black." Stripped down sentences like this bring vividness and immediacy. Folsom continues on with unwavering honesty about his father, a troublesome love relationship, and life after boxing in a casual tone that is quite inviting. Fine details give shape to the story; this facet is often lacking in the other shorter stories, therefore consistent depth is missing.

"Rumble, young man, rumble" may demand attention with its quick starts, but the full throttle peters out towards the end within many of the shorter short stories. The climaxes often feel incomplete or just plain predictable.

Bohdan Kot
A superb read! 1 April 2013
By Sophie Kaya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Short stories with a long reach: they provide real insights into the minds and hearts of young men. A beautifully written tribute to the continuing power of fiction!
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