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The Abysmal Brute

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Before anyone knew there was such a thing, Jack London gave us the natural: Young Pat Glendon has never drunk alcohol nor tasted tobacco. He loves nature, is afraid of cities, and is shy of women. And he is a perfect fighter. Summoned from the city to consider such a prospect, cynical Sam Stubener, manager of prize-fighters, is struck by the boy’s extraordinary athletic gr ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1911)
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Jessica
I found this book on the sidewalk on my way home from work. It's a super quick read. It's a magnificent story. 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. Loved it! High school English teachers, why don't you make the kiddies read this one? So good!
Sidik Fofana
SIX WORD REVIEW: Boxing corruption in the early 1900s?
Asails F
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. 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 York for the fifty years before Jacks story was written. Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book ...more
Andrea
Superman?

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.

Adesso sono strabiliato. 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.

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Jack
Feb 21, 2011 Jack rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jack by: Joe Rocco - Frank Rocco
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. 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 York for the fifty years before Jacks story was written. Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book ...more
Azzageddi
As a fight fan, I really enjoyed this tale of an honest man in a corrupt world. The ending was a little too predictable and "happily ever after," but overall a worthwhile read.
Ashley Danielle
Since this book was first published in 1911, it was (duh!) a little hard to read. I read this book because it was on a list of 50 Top Romances of 20th Century. I, personally, would disagree with that. I found it to be 95% boxing and ethics and 5% romance. 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 100 years old. It kind of made me feel like i was in another time. The things i did ...more
Adam
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 indignation 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 ...more
Carl
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., but is too trusting to know it. He meets a young female sportswriter who opens his eyes, wins one final glorious match, and leaves for the country.

Huck Finn as boxer . . . and it's hard to believe that Malamud didn't read this book before he wrote THE NATURAL.
Lisa
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.
Sergei Barsamian
Another boxing story by London, along "The Game". More romantic and optimistic, but still amateur. I doubt if anybody read it twice.
Melissa
Surprised I liked this. Not usually a Jack London fan. The message of integrity really resonated.
Ru Shutnick
Liked, because it is about human dignity
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Jack London was an American novelist, journalist, social-activist and short-story writer whose works deal romantically with elemental struggles for survival. At his peak, he was the highest paid and the most popular of all living writers. Because of early financial difficulties, he was largely self educated past grammar school.

London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He spent ti
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