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The Fight

Mailer, Norman

Verlag: Little Brown, 1975
ISBN 10: 0316544167 / ISBN 13: 9780316544160
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Titel: The Fight

Verlag: Little Brown

Erscheinungsdatum: 1975

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible ?professor of boxing.? The other was George Foreman, who was as taciturn as Ali was voluble. Observing them was Norman Mailer, a commentator of unparalleled energy, acumen, and audacity. Whether he is analyzing the fighters? moves, interpreting their characters, or weighing their competing claims on the African and American souls, Mailer?s grasp of the titanic battle?s feints and stratagems?and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism?makes this book a masterpiece of the literature of sport.
Praise for The Fight
?Exquisitely refined and attenuated . . . [a] sensitive portrait of an extraordinary athlete and man, and a pugilistic drama fully as exciting as the reality on which it is based.? ?The New York Times
?One of the defining texts of sports journalism. Not only does Mailer recall the violent combat with a scholar?s eye . . . he also makes the whole act of reporting seem as exciting as what?s occurring in the ring.? ?GQ
?Stylistically, Mailer was the greatest boxing writer of all time.? ?Chuck Klosterman, Esquire
?One of Mailer?s finest books.? ?Louis Menand, The New Yorker
Praise for Norman Mailer
?[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.? ?The New York Times
?A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.? ?The New Yorker
?Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.? ?The Washington Post
?A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.? ?Life
?Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.? ?The New York Review of Books
?The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.? ?Chicago Tribune
?Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.? ?The Cincinnati Post

Rezension: There are sporting events that transcend the world of sports, and the 1974 heavyweight title fight in which Muhammad Ali regained his crown by improbably kayoing George Foreman in the middle of the African night was certainly one of them. Metaphorically, it was a writer's dream: two imposing black warriors, one all grace, the other brute force, one the iconoclast, the other the blind patriot, battling each other. Fatefully, the appropriate writer threw his pen into the ring. Norman Mailer's masterful account goes far beyond the ropes to capture the primal ethos of the sport, the larger social canvas this particular fight was drawn on, and the remarkable cast of personalities--not the least of which is Mailer himself--who converged to make this "Rumble in the Jungle" a landmark in sports history and a clear knockout in Mailer's journalistic portfolio.

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