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Great Fighter, so so book,
This review is from: HANDS OF STONE : The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran (Paperback)
Boxing biographies, perhaps more than in other sports, suffer from subject adoration, So beloved is the individual they write about that the book looses balance and becomes more homage than journalism. So to is the case here.
Giudice is a fine writer with an eloquent turn of phrase, he has put together a well researched and detailed account of Duran's life and for once the cover quotes are accurate and do the book justice.
As a boxing fan I am delighted that a full biog of this awesome fighter is with us at last and is getting wider recognition. ( I got it via the Boxing Monthly review) but in places biography becomes more a padded chronology and immersed in too much detail. The author makes no apology for being a huge fan of his subject. The big issue here is that admiration - the truly wild manic and down right crazy side of Duran is passed over, not ignored but merely alluded to. Whatever Duran is today its because of what came before, separating the unhinged element of his personality would be like ignoring some of his less impressive ring performances.
The loss of balance is an annoyance, it doesn't alter the fact that I really enjoyed the read and felt i learned a lot about the man but I was just conscious the book was on a distinct pro Duran mission. (better than an Anti-Duran mission) and that grated a little.
Excellent fight summary at the end, good to see a whole record portrayed their and some different pictures used as illustrations. For the average fight fan this is a good read and for Duran fans a must read
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