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on 25 March 2016
This is a great little book from a great little writer about a great big boxing event. It is a short book, even with some pointless waffle at the end, but it gives a different insight into the crowning moment of the most important sports man, or woman, in history. The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 when an "ageing" Muhammed Ali foolishly, some said, challenged the most fearsome fighter in boxing history to a showdown in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the DR Congo). The book describes events and emotions from the build up in the training camps through to the fight aftermath, in Mailer's distinctive voice. You will already know the story but Mailer tells it well, with some brilliant boxing insight.
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on 21 June 2017
Could have been a great read, unfortuneltey the author is to busy trying to come across as clever as opposed writing a good book.
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on 23 February 2018
Kindle book.
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on 3 June 2017
Mailer at his best, human and observant,, one of the 20th centuries best writers, totally readable and deeply intelligent .
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on 17 June 2013
Norman has a great way of writing a story and this book was a wonderful insight it the life story of the greatest
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on 16 May 2014
The master of words takes on the greatest athlete of all times. An utterly subjective view on the regaining of the hevyweight crown by the submissive that the US had spew out. Missed The Fight (in Kinhasa 1974)? You can get there.
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on 11 January 2017
Excellent read
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on 11 November 2014
Great book
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on 20 June 2015
Fantastic read. Very insightful and evocative.
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on 23 October 2014
Great boxing book, really get the feel of being there.
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