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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780882165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780882161
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,659,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg McBride on 29 May 2012
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As the protagonist Herman would say, the Fastest Loser is a mating of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Wild Swans, My Uncle Oswald, Chariots of Fire and the King James Bible.

As a sports lover (and a wannabe member of the Olympic Family) I raced through the book like an Eritrean distance runner. It was surprising, thought provoking, sensitive, sometimes shocking, and unlike any other sports novel I have read.

The Fastest Loser has clearly been thoroughly researched, and Mailer has an obvious passion for and deep understanding of competitive sport, as well as the many historical and polical issues at play in the Olympic Village.

The scenes of Olympic competition have left me counting down the hours until the 2012 opening ceremony.
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This book really captures the fevered atmosphere of an Olympic village where cultures and physiques mingle, both figuratively and literally. It's written with a highly evident delight for sport of all descriptions, yet the scars from the Munich massacre give this book a certain dignity not found in many fluffy tales of this nature.

My only real criticism is the italics. Does "lycra" (a word which features fairly often as you might expect) really need to be in italics throughout?
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