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Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner

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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

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Ecco (first published January 1st 2000)
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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.

Sara Santos
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fenomenal book. Recomend it!
Debbie Zapata
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturdaymx
Boxing is not a sport for people with weak stomachs. It can be brutal. It can be deadly. It can be gut-wrenchingly ugly. But it can also be magic, sweet, and pretty....even beautiful. My Grandpa was a Golden Gloves boxer in his younger days and when I was little he still had a speed bag in his garage. He could make that bag sing even then. I loved to watch him with it. I would have loved for Grandpa to have read these stories by F. X. Toole. He would have said Yes, the man knows boxing.

This is a
Os livros têm destas coisas: põem-nos muitas vezes a ler sobre coisas que não nos despertam o mínimo interesse na vida real. Boxe era uma das últimas coisas sobre as quais me ocorreria ler, mas, ainda assim, este livro encontrou caminho para chegar até mim e, apesar de não ter sido uma leitura propriamente marcante, acabou por se revelar positiva pelas baixas expectativas com que a iniciei.

F.X. Toole é pseudónimo de Jerry Boyd, já falecido, que dedicou boa parte da sua vida ao boxe, fosse a com
Saman Kashi

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
P.S. Winn
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Behind the scenes look at the gritty life of boxing. This book has several stories from someone who was right there.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 2009

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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Svaka čast Klintu Istvudu koji je od ove priče napravio film!

U suštini, jedino ona i zadnja priča "Tragovi konopca" nešto vrijede. Ostale kao da je pisao neki klošar.

Sve nabacano bez ikakvog reda, stila i posve nezanimljivo.
Kristina Mosley
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book
Will Johnson
Wow. . .to use a cliche, this book was winning all the rounds and then just got stupid, forgot to think, and got dropped before becoming a champion.

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
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't be fooled- this book was originally published as "Rope Burns," and one story in it, "Million Dollar Baby," was turned into the movie with Hilary Swank. It's not one of those weird cheesy books that gets written after a movie comes out.

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
Chad Durham
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief warning: this novel is very rough in the language department. The vulgarity is aptly used in service of some of the more shady characters, however. This short story collection was violent and compelling and descriptive and evocative. You can smell the gyms and hear the speed bags and feel the sweat flopping from the faces. Each story explores various aspects of boxing and they are illuminating. You can tell that Toole has been around the game in an intimate way. It serves the stories so ...more
syam asinar
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunia tinju ternyata bisa menjadi ide cerita yang luar biasa. Tinju bukan hanya gedebak-gedebuk! Ia juga punya filosofi, pelajaran hidup, dll. F.X Tolle bukan mengarang-ngarang. Ia mencatat, mengamati, belajar dan berjuang bersama para petinju. Million $$$ Baby yang kemudian diangkat menjadi film dan diperankan oleh Clint Eastwood dan Hillary Swank hanyalah satu dari 7 cerita pendek di buku ini. Ditulis oleh FX Tolle sebagai buah pengamatannya selama menjadi seorang cut-man alias perawat luka di ...more
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
sebelumnya, saya benci tinju. buku ini dengan mudahnya mengubah pandangan saya *saya baru mengerti sekarang, kenapa saya dipaksa membaca buku ini. damn good!* habis sekali baca sepanjang perjalanan pulang dari Jogja-Jakarta (Bintaro) dengan pesawat berlanjut bis damri.

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
J.M. Giovine
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of short tales from different character's point of views, Toole narrates the boxing world with style and emotion, describing what would seem to be personal experiences. Million Dollar Baby, Cold Water and Rope Burns are the real deal in this collection.
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has some great flashes, but the characters and stories are ultimately repetitive.
Just not my thing, super depressing stories about good people who get screwed over by bad people.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman

This film has won four Academy Awards and two Golden Globes at the ceremonies of 2005, together with:

- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role- Oscar and Golden globe
- Best Director- both Academy Award and Golden Globe
- Best Motion Picture- AA
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role- AA

The trio involved in the production of the movie is formidable.
And the story is haunting and thought provoking.

Maggie Fitzgerald
Ramina Arshad
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
aku baca edisi Indonesia terbitan Banana Publisher (2006)

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
Gurvir Chaggar
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, Million Dollar Baby, by F.X Toole. I liked how the author is one of the main characters in the story because he pretty much talks about his experience as a coach. In the book there was this part were he tells a man named Reggie to breath well because if he doesn't he could get tired easily when fighting. This showed me how good of a coach he was. I also like how the language was affected in this story. There is tons of strong language in the book and this showed me how very int ...more
Alejandro Ortega
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historias contundentes como un jab o un upper cut. Es la América profunda vista desde la trinchera del boxeo pero donde además se engloban temas que pertenecen al catálogo de la historia reciente de Estados Unidos, como el racismo. La que da el nombre al libro es en la que se basó Clint Eastwood para su película, una historia de apenas 30 páginas pero durísima, cruda, brutal. La conforman otras cinco historias de las cual destaco "Quemaduras de cuerda", una novela corta trepidante, que te arrinc ...more
Nathan Leslie
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scintillating, unvarnished insider's look at the boxing world. "The Monkey Look," "Black Jew," "Million Dollar Baby," and "Frozen Water" are as good as it gets for voicey authentic fiction. I'm not a boxing fan, but you don't have to be. In fact, in reading this collection it almost helps to dislike boxing a bit. Toole may not win you over on the sport, but the details will linger and sting.
Lee Anderson
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories was unlike anything else that I've read before -- and, I suspect, unlike anything else I'll read afterwards. I've never seen such a deep understanding and relation to the sport of boxing through literature. It was an honor to read it. I only wish that "Mr. Toole" could have written more of this type.
Učitaj se!
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
F. X. Toole spisateljski je pseudonim boksačkog trenera Jerrya Boyda, a ova je knjiga pomalo autobiografska zbirka priča o njegovim iskustvima i doživljajima iz, kako i sam naslov kaže, 'iz kuta' boksačkog ringa.

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.

Iako se
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, pulling you through from one story to the next. Helps a reader understand boxing; for I can't say I ever understood the appeal for a boxer and their audience, but the author does a good job conveying the love and heart that can go into the sport.
Byron Roye
Should keep original title

I have read before. The added material was rather weak. The original stories are still wonderful. I am still impressed with how the author make real and familiar something so bizarre and strange as boxing.
Daniela Sinta
Si lees un cuento al azar, tal vez te parezca muy bien; si los lees todos, te darás cuenta que es repetitivo. Súmale el racismo buena ondita y ya tienes un libro que no me gusta y no recomiendo.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the brutally violent heart-breaking stories were balanced out by even one happy ending or victory, this would have 5 stars. Excellent book either way.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a lukewarm water... even for big boxing fans... well, now imagine how it will keep the full attention of those who do not like sport.
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F. X. Toole was the pseudonym of Jerry Boyd (1930–2002), a boxing trainer and author whose work inspired the award-winning film Million Dollar Baby. In 1988, Boyd began writing about boxing, using the pseudonym F. X. Toole to keep his hobby secret from his colleagues in the boxing world. One of his stories caught the eye of a literary agent, who sold Rope Burns, a collection of Boyd’s stories, in ...more
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