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The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones
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Aug 01, 13

bookshelves: short-stories-essays, literature
Read from June 30 to August 01, 2013

The short stories in this collection seem to all center around two types of characters--the egocentric opportunist (Part II), or the tragically screwed good person (the rest of the collection). The author incorporates several recurring themes in his stories (many of which draw on his own experiences), namely boxing, the military, epilepsy, quirky nicknames, famous songs, and a love for literature/philosophy.

A testament to his good writing is that I found myself enjoying the stories even when the subject matter wasn't interesting to me (or when the characters were detestable).
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