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Huge fun (and tragedy too),
This review is from: Black Ajax (Paperback)
I picked up this book because I immensely enjoyed the Flashman-novels by George MacDonald Fraser, not because I'm a lover of (let alone expert in) the Noble Art of Self-Defence. But even then, I can only say that "The Black Ajax" had me transfixed from page one to the very end.
Although it's basically a tragic story of wasted talent and opportunity (Tom Molineaux - the Black Ajax referred to in the title - has a huge talent for boxing, but unfortunately also for drinking and philandering), it also had me laughing out loud (in public places, mind you!). George MacDonald Fraser is (or was rather) an extremely gifted storyteller, and in this particular instance he tells the story of Tom Molineaux in the voice of a dozen or so eye-witnesses to Tom's exploits. The way Fraser succeeds in giving each witness his very own particular 'voice is quite simply uncanny! Brilliant!