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Shadow Box

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Climbing into the ring with former light heavy-weight champion Archie Moore.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by The Lyons Press (first published 1977)
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Nicolas Ayala
Oct 29, 2014 Nicolas Ayala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a treat for boxing fans especially fans of Muhammad Ali. Plimpton offers an inside look into the scenes and pageantry that accompanied Ali and his team. The narrative ranges from Ali’s first world championship in his infamous bout with the menacing Sonny Liston all the way through his anticipated match-up against the even more intimidating George Foreman that took place in Africa.
Steven
Feb 21, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant book which moves through two succinct parts: the first is yet another Plimpton excursion into the realm of 'participatory journalism', this time training for a few rounds with Archie Moore.

The second part is even more fascinating as its essentially about Muhammad Ali and his being exiled from boxing, thru his stunning defeat of George Foreman in Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle') in 1974. Its a great look at Ali's life and profession at that time, and the societal impact he had, part
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Nick says:

This is a treat for boxing fans especially fans of Muhammad Ali. Plimpton offers an inside look into the scenes and pageantry that accompanied Ali and his team. The narrative ranges from Ali’s first world championship in his infamous bout with the menacing Sonny Liston all the way through his anticipated match-up against the even more intimidating George Foreman that took place in Africa.
Patrick
Jul 26, 2008 Patrick rated it really liked it
great book if you like boxing. he touches on many sides of the sport and also diverges into stories that have nothing to do with boxing at all. Hemingway is just as much of a main character as Muhammad Ali. however, the book flows very well and does not seem scatterbrained. I really enjoy Plimpton's writing. He is a mildly highbrow, but in a compassionate and at times very funny way. There is a lot of dialogue and many great little stories that only somebody who was in the middle of the boxing a ...more
Neal
Nov 12, 2009 Neal rated it it was amazing
I cannot think of any other book that I've deliberately delayed finishing. Plimpton's writing is delightful, and it's clear that he enjoys participating in the subject he covers. Anyone interested in the major heavyweight boxers of the past half-century - Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, etc - as well as American writers will enjoy. Beyond a book about sports, Plimpton's meditations on life, death, and the role of writers in society are worth the read.
Ted
Nov 27, 2007 Ted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book feels like an afterthought, and the subject matter is scattered and only vaguely unified. But the work is fantastic, and would've been better served had it been marketed as a collection of essays. The Lyons Press has published a number of GP's books, perhaps in reprint I don't know, but when I see one of them anywhere with their poorly designed covers, I want to stop what I'm doing and sit down and read.
Kent
Jan 06, 2016 Kent rated it liked it
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A very enjoyable read. Plimpton has a very unique way of writing. This is about boxing, but at the same time it really isn't about boxing much at all. There are a lot of great stories about boxers like Ali, Frazier and Foreman, but also others particularly writers like Hemmingway, Mailer, and Thompson.
Joe
Sep 27, 2007 Joe rated it really liked it
Ali is just the tip of the iceburg of 20th century greats that Americana's all-star intellectual Plimpton gives us insight into in Shadow Box. Think Hemingway, Mailer, Foreman, Hunter Thompson, Malcom X...
Gene Mayes
Oct 22, 2011 Gene Mayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, what a fantastic book. Plimpton's a lovely teller of anecdotes with a keen eye for lore. One of the most pleasurable of recent reads.
Casey
May 21, 2013 Casey rated it really liked it
On election night in Zaire, George Plimpton taught Ernest Hemingway how to thumb wrestle. You can't make shit like that up.
Matt
Jan 05, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
Read it while I was in New York. Right book for the right time and place - may have prjeduced my opninion.
Frederic Pierce
Oct 27, 2012 Frederic Pierce rated it really liked it
Another early role model of mine.
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Jul 03, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
better than just 5 stars would indicate.
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George Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and gamesman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review.

He was the grandson of George A. Plimpton.
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