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Drama, intrigue and excitement !,
This review is from: The Untamed White Savage (Paperback)
I rattled through this book in 3days and I could not put it down. The story of the author's father in post war Singapore is both triumphant and salutory in that even champions can be 'played' by those who are in the 'big league'. Incredible highs and devastating lows !
The main character (Kid Callon - his name in the Wrestling ring) never seems able to find the destiny and glory that his talent would doubtless bring today as he mixes the highs of Wrestling glory and Champagne receptions with disciplinary issues in the Army which threaten his very existence as a Champion Wrestler. And then the ultimate 'mistake' which brings a chapter of his life to an abrupt halt !
Many Fathers and Grandfathers of people alive today went off to complete National Service etc in Foreign climes throughout the 40's, 50's and 60's - None would have tales of the order 'Kid' does and tells through his son in this book ! I wonder if many of these (myself included) dare not delve too much into questioning on these experiences, so perhaps adopting 'Kid' as a quasi-relative works quite well and through the story telling of his son lets you imagine what it must have been like to have been 'let loose' in the Far East.
The great thing about this book is that the Sport, whilst central to the construct of the story is not 'off-putting'. There is enough to enable Boxing/Wrestling fans to build the 'image' in the mind of a hot, sweaty, cauldron of sport but the book uses this as an element of the story rather than obsess over technicalities which could put off other readers.
Who will like it ? I guess it's a bit of an all-rounder. It's part biography/part thriller with euphoric moments of sport mixed with gruesome punishment. I'd recommend it highly !