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This review is from: The Pugilist at Rest: and other stories (Paperback)
Thom Jones is a former Vietnam Marine and boxer who exploded on the American literary scene in the early '90s and won the National Book Award for this collection. He has since written two more books of stories, but for me 'Pugilist' remains his best. Jones has a punchy, conversational style that nonetheless manages to convey great poignancy and rare honesty in his tales of brutalised 'Nam vets, psych-ward outcasts and disaffected lovers. Jones' is a sort of "trailer park" America, the lives that rarely get seen outside of cliches or talk shows, but his voice is tough, poetic and authentic. For my money, Jones is as good a short story writer as the English language has at the moment.