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Boxing's Best Short Stories

Paul D. Staudohar

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ISBN 10: 1556523645 / ISBN 13: 9781556523649
Editorial: Chicago Review Press, 1999
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Librería: Better World Books (Mishawaka, IN, Estados Unidos de America)

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Título: Boxing's Best Short Stories

Editorial: Chicago Review Press

Año de publicación: 1999

Condición del libro:Good

Edición: illustrated edition.

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Sinopsis:

The action of the ring comes brilliantly to life in these 22 tales representing every decade of the 20th century, from beloved writers including Nelson Algren, Paul Gallico, John O'Hara, O. Henry, Ring Lardner, Jack London, Ellery Queen, and P. G. Wodehouse. The fixed fight, courage under pressure, the crooked promoter, and death in the ring animate these stories and support deeper themes of love, life, and character.

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With a stable of writers that includes P.G. Wodehouse, Damon Runyon, Nelson Algren, Irwin Shaw, and O. Henry, Boxing's Best Short Stories is a collection that comes out swinging from the opening bell.

Unlike other sports, boxing is not one you play at. It's a serious, dangerous, and complicated combination of business, art, brutality, and need, and the best boxing writing pulls no punches when it closes in on those themes. Not surprisingly, in going toe to toe with those ideas, these writers--heavyweights all--find ways to bring in even larger ones: hope, love, despair, triumph, courage, family, dreams. Boxing provides a powerful arena for examining them, not an end in itself; though the sweet science is present in each story, the real action takes place beyond the ring. In "The Croxley Master," Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, an amateur fighter in his own youth, weaves a classic tale of boxing as a way up and out as a medical student finances his education with his fists. Ring Lardner's "Champion" spars with the bitter reality that a good fighter is not necessarily a good man. Paul Gallico's "Thicker Than Water" twists the tie that binds brothers. Jack London's "A Piece of Steak" uses hunger--and the way it eats at and eats up the hungry--as its powerful central metaphor.

As with his previous collections on baseball, football, and golf, Staudohar provides a context for each story, and if his overall introduction states the obvious--"For all its raw violence and scheduled destruction," he writes, "boxing combines grace with power"--his selections beautifully demonstrate the prose equivalent. --Jeff Silverman

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