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The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones
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Jul 21, 2007

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Tough-guy fiction.

Boxing and Vietnam and absent fathers and sex, in that order. Boxing in Vietnam. boxing to spite absent fathers. Absent fathers who were boxers. That kind of thing. If you like Tim O'Brien but think his books are too complex and meta-fictional and self-conscious, and lack boxing, then Thom Jones is your man.

The title story is really kind of magnificent, tho.
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