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on 18 January 2013
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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on 12 March 2010
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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on 25 August 2014
Female perspective, articulate and a classic for the right reasons. Joyce nails it!
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on 9 January 2016
great book first read it years ago still riveting. put em up.
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on 25 January 2015
Even Boxing fans may find this book a tricky read
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on 23 December 2014
very eloquent , intelligently well written.
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on 17 November 2014
Very good read, well worth a look
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on 21 April 2015
Loved it. A boxing classic.
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on 15 January 2012
Well worth the money and a great read! I read it in a weekend, buy it, borrow it, read it.
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on 14 August 2014
A keen insight into yhe sport and its personalities.
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