In 1974 in Kinshasa, ZaAmre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible aprofessor of boxing.a 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 fightersa moves, interpreting their characters, or weighing their competing claims on the African and American souls, Maileras grasp of the titanic battleas feints and stratagemsaand his sensitivity to their deeper symbolismamakes this book a masterpiece of the literature of sport. Praise for The Fight aExquisitely 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.aaThe New York Times aOne of the defining texts of sports journalism. Not only does Mailer recall the violent combat with a scholaras eye . . . he also makes the whole act of reporting seem as exciting as whatas occurring in the ring.aaGQ aStylistically, Mailer was the greatest boxing writer of all time.aaChuck Klosterman, Esquire aOne of Maileras finest books.aaLouis Menand, The New Yorker Praise for Norman Mailer a[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.aaThe New York Times aA writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.aaThe New Yorker aMailer is indispensable, an American treasure.aaThe Washington Post aA devastatingly alive and original creative mind.aaLife aMailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.aaThe New York Review of Books aThe 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.aaChicago Tribune aMailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.aaThe Cincinnati PostWhether he is analyzing the fightersa moves, interpreting their characters, or weighing their competing claims on the African and American souls, Maileras grasp of the titanic battleas feints and stratagemsaand his sensitivity to ...
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