Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner
Seventy-year-old F.X. Toole has exploded onto the literary scene with this astonishing first collection of stories drawn from his own experiences in boxing. In these powerful and moving tales, he reveals a complex web of athletes, trainers, and promoters and their extended families, all players in an unforgiving business where victory, like defeat, comes at a dark and pain...more
The name F. X. Toole was the pseudonym of Jerry Boyd (1930-2002).
He was a boxing trainer and his writing in these stories clearly display his great knowledge on boxing.
His stories are through various characters in the boxing arena. He tells them through the eyes of the fighter female and male, the trainer and manager and the cutman. He sticks his characters amongst problems in society crime, racism, brutality and politics. He takes his characters through courage, lose, love, hope and triumph.
Zbirka se sastoji od 7 kratkih priča i novela, uključujući uvodnu, kao i onu naslovnu, koja je, po mom mišljenju, ujedno i jedna od najboljih. Sve priče ispričane su preko nekog promatrača, 'iz kuta' (bilo da je taj promatrač boksački trener ili i sam boksač), ili iz trećeg lica.
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F.X. Toole é pseudónimo de Jerry Boyd, já falecido, que dedicou boa parte da sua vida ao boxe, fosse a com ...more
اين نوشتار نه نقديست دربارهي فيلمي كه از اين رمان ساخته شد و نه بررسي و يا تشريح و ستايش همهي عواملي كه اين فيلم را جزو آثار برتر سينماي جهان كرده است. بهانهي نوشتن اين چند خط كه در پايين خواهد آمد، گفت و گويي بود بين من و يكي از دوستانم كه چند وقت پيش هنگام پيادهروي با هم داشتيم. دوستم از من پرسيد: سامان، ميتونم ازت يه سئوالي بپرسم؟ گفتم: البته. گفت: تو خودت رو آدم خوشبختي احساس ميكني؟
پاسخ دوستم را در حد و اندازههايي كه دوستيمان اجازه ميداد، دادم كه صد البته اينجا محلي براي بازگو كردن آن گفت و ...more
I’ve never really cared for boxing, but in recent years I developed some interest in boxing fiction, and tough-guy manly-man fiction in general, starting with Thom Jones, moving on to Craig Davidson and mumblemumbleChuckPalahniukmumble (who hasn’t exactly written about boxing, but close enough). I know there are others--many others--but I haven’t read them yet. Now I can add Toole to the list. He was a lucky find: I haven’t seen the film Million Dollar Baby so I didn’t know the connectio ...more
It's a collection of short stories about the world of boxing. Toole's writing is clean and straightforward, almost scientific. Half of the excitement happens in the ring, where Toole narrates each blow like a former boxer reliving the glory days. The other h ...more
buku ini diterjemahkan oleh Banana dan menurut saya, ini salah satu buku terjemahan yang bagus. memang benar tampaknya, sebaiknya penerjemah itu bukan sekedar lulusan sastra Inggris aja tapi juga seorang penulis yang baik, biar tid ...more
Toole works with the subject of boxing for each story, yet utilizes the unspoken elements of the sport to showcase the broad range of diversity that brings people of all races, class, and history to it.
These are brutal stories, and will gut you one after the other. Toole portrays unapologetically a platter of intense subjects, with a particular focus towards racism, and each story wil ...more
Seventy-year-old F.X. Toole has exploded onto the literary scene with this astonishing first collection of stories drawn from his own experiences in boxing. In these powerful and moving tales, he reveals a complex web of athletes, trainers, and promoters and their extended families, all players in an unforgiving business where victory, like defeat, comes at a dark and painful price.
F. X. Toole breathes life into vivid, compelling characters who radiate the fierce intensity of the worlds they ...more
This collection of boxing short stories is brilliant at times. . .actually every story until the final one. . .that it is sad to think I can't put it as a classic.
The book promises boxing fiction and it delivers for the most part. It is darker then the more uplifting boxing stories people are used to as it focuses on corruption, racism, and the cruel ...more
Judul Asli : Rope Burns
Penulis : F.X. Toole
Penerjemah : Basuki Heri Winarno & Yusi A.Pareanom
Penyunting : Akmal N.Basral & Yusi A.Pareanom
Cetakan : Pertama, Oktober 2006
Tebal : 357 hlm.
Saya tidak pernah suka nonton (pertandingan) tinju. Sejak dulu, sejak zaman keemasan Muhammad Ali hingga Si Leher Beton, Mike Tyson. Saya ingat betul, setiap kali TVRI - satu-satunya siaran televisi yang ada waktu itu - menyiarkan secara langsung pe ...more
It's amazing it took so long, because Irish-born Toole, now living and working in Los Angeles, is a natural. His knowledge of the bizarre world of ...more
And I'm glad I picked it up, because these short stories are a lot better than the film. The author, F.X. Toole, was a cut-man and professional boxing trainer, and so he knew the business. He knew the people and the atmosphere and all of that comes across in the stories.
The best of the stories, imo, is Rope Burns. That ...more
Buku ini merekam dunia tinju jauh lebih dalam dari yang umumnya dikenal awam. Alih-alih bertutur petinju sebagai sentral cerita, Toole justru bercerita tentang orang-orang di belakang kesuksesa ...more
I have been meaning to read this collection ever since I saw the Clint Eastwood film. Why did I wait so long?
O'Toole writes with the grittiness and aptness of a Damon Runyon, a Hunter S. Thompson. His prose has as much punch as his boxers and cut men and dreamers. And the stories work you over like a heavyweight with fists full of lead.
This is an incredible collection. Now I don't know what to read as a follow up. Suggestions welcome.
What I thought about my book was that it was pretty good. I have read better but overall it was pretty good. I recommend it to people who like action.
The setting was usually in a boxing arena but for a short period of time it was in the boxer’s home. The plot was a guy that was a good boxer and he retired but his friends encouraged him to go back and to box again.
The characters are the boxer, the boxer’s trainer, the boxers opponent, the baby was probably the most important character of the ...more
If you've ever taken a punch or thrown one -- or if you've ever wondered, "Geeze, why do people get so worked up about this senseless brutality" you will like this b ...more
Written by F.X. Toole, a former cut-man, the stories are incredibly detailed about the art and science of boxing, from balance and breathing to adrenaline and below-the-belt punches. Most of the stories suffer from too much boxing detail and too little character a ...more
This is one of those sports books which transcends the sport. Despite the fact there's a ton of interesting information about pro boxing and it's lifestyle, or "the fancy" in the author's words, a combination of t ...more
These are gritty stories, full of despair but also hope and they offer a lot of life lessons applicable to much more than just a ring of combat. It's a shame the author didn't live l ...more