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The Abysmal Brute by Jack London. Jack Londln tale of the corruption of prize fighting — and the one young fighter who dared to stand up against it! Paperback72 pages. Published January 9th by Wildside Press first published San Francisco, California United States.
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It’s a super quick read. It’s a magnificent story.
The Abysmal Brute by Jack London
I kept waiting for some sort of grand tragedy or other complete nonsense to ruin the whole thing, but it never happened.
Good to the end. High school English teachers, why don’t you make the kiddies read this one? Jul 19, Sidik Fofana rated it it was amazing.
Boxing corruption in the early s? View all 4 comments. Jul 24, Rumell Khan rated it it was amazing. It jacl this book in my local library after school. It is easy to read and very understandable. It’s a brilliant story. I is all heartbreaking and makes you understand the awful tragedies.
However the pain did not appear until the very end. It is definitely a material for secondaries. You can pick a lot of language and structure which makes it very interesting. This book is aimed definitely at ages Feb 21, Jack rated it really liked it Recommended to Jack by: Joe Rocco – Frank Rocco. Just as the main character in this book – many boxers may be considered naive and many more may have lived lives that led them to be manipulated by promoters.
Boxers suffered some of the biggest travesties and alienation in New Abysmsl for the fifty years before Jacks story was written. Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book Jack London had a handle on the boxing industry as he was a boxer from San Francisco alongside Abe Attell the Feather Weight Champion of the World.
Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book was published which was around the same time of the temporary relaxing of New York boxing laws This manipulated the public into thinking that the end of the bare-knuckled boxing brought about a safe sport with the gloves. And while it’s true that boxing and storytelling have been inextricably holding each others hands into the past I cannot assume that this will continue to be the case.
What then will be the UFC’s legacy. Will we have more broken and broke — brain dead fighters — dying horrible deaths. This book is a central pivot point in the history of boxing and possibly influenced the way the nation reacted to the sport which was being denigrated by females pursuing temperance.
How much did this story play into the hands of those wanting to control liquor and boxing and then those who became boxers because they had know other way. Jack London even quipped that men turned to boxing at the YMCA’s and KOC leagues to escape the rigid conservatism of women who wanted to control all aspects of a mans life.
If one understands that Abe Attell knew Arnold Rothstein and Jack London one should see how this important piece of work helped lead to the change of the political guard that brought prohibition.
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I question — Jacks work — when understanding it as a tool for this guard and wonder if his disillusionment of this act led to many more great stories. Feb 05, Asails F rated it really liked it Lohdon Sep 13, ferrigno rated it liked it. Mi ero meravigliato per il fatto che London avesse configurato, nei suoi racconti sulla boxe, l’epica del pugile come la concepisce oggi il nostro immaginario, adottata pari pari in moltissimi e bellissimi film, come Cinderella man, Million dollar baby, Rocky 1, eccetera.
London ha abbozzato nientemeno che Superman. Un uomo invincibile, di basso profilo, sottovalutato, un po’ ingenuotto ma non stupido, che ha una relazione con una giornalista emancipata. Apr 11, Paul Conder rated it it was amazing. Combining Jack London’s social writing with his love for California and boxing, this is a swipe at the corruption in boxing that existed at the time and probably still permeates the sport now. A young boxer, Young Pat Glendon, brhte discovered in the back woods of Northern California and proceeds to become a sensation at the hands of a ‘trusted’ manager only to discover he has been led astray.
His revenge reflects Glendon’s innocence. Written in his later career the story has a depth of character tha Combining Jack London’s social writing with his love for California and boxing, this is a swipe at the corruption in boxing that existed at the time and probably still permeates the sport now.
Written in his later career the story has a depth of character that many others didn’t have. The love interest is expressed in a way that modern readers will not recognise without a whimsical sigh for a more innocent time.
Overall an excellent starter aysmal going beyond White Fang or the Call of the Wild but don’t stop here there are so many others worth the effort. What if Henry David Thoreau had been a juggernaut pugilist?
And what if a wildly popular American author of the early 20th century had decided to shape the prize fighter’s story in a style we would later come to call Capra-esque, complete with silly romantic melodrama and an idealist’s jadk at institutional corruption?
A murky scenario, to be sure, but London tackles it with gusto. The fight scenes, while not always engrossing, are well imagined, and London’s dialogue sparkles even when t What if Henry David Thoreau had been a juggernaut pugilist? The fight scenes, while not always engrossing, are well imagined, and London’s dialogue sparkles even when tinged with schmaltz.
Jan ghe, Ashley Danielle rated it it was ok. Since this book was first published init was duh! I read this book because it was on a list of 50 Top Romances of 20th Century. I, personally, would disagree with that. It was boring by any standards, and especially boring by MY standards.
If i had to name something i liked, it was merely the challenge of reading a book that is years old. It kind of made me feel like i was in another time.
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The things i did Since this abbysmal was first published init was duh! The things i didnt like? Pretty much everything else.
Aug 24, Carl rated it really liked it. More of a novella than a novel, an interesting story of a naive boxer who comes down from Northern California and — naivete intact — conquers the boxing world. Along the way he is exploited by agents, etc. He meets a young female sportswriter who opens his eyes, wins one final glorious match, and leaves for the country. Huck Finn as boxer. Mar 06, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: This short story is about a man who was born to fight.
He is such a good fighter that his agent has to agree with him beforehand how long each fight will last so that they’re not one hit knockouts.
It’s not the most interesting story by Jack London but it’s a quick read and has a good idea behind it. Oct 23, Anatolij rated it liked it Shelves: Well, the story is very good if you are in early abjsmal teens. Now it seems either to be idealised or to be londin novel which rapidly lost weight before meeting with a reader. I believe it’s skullduggery too, y’know.
It’s a pretty short story, some people can get through it in an hour, I believe. So, do you really need a review? As a fight fan, I really enjoyed this tale of an honest man in a corrupt world. Btute ending was a little too predictable and “happily ever after,” but overall a worthwhile read. Jan 18, Sergey Barsamyan rated it it was ok.
Another boxing story by London, along “The Game”. More romantic and optimistic, but still amateur. I doubt if anybody read it twice.