This Bloody Mary Is The Last Thing I Own - A Journey To The End Of Boxing

Rendall, Jonathan

Verlag: Ecco Press, New Jersey, 1998
ISBN 10: 0880016019 / ISBN 13: 9780880016018
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Cloth, dj, F/F. xiv+187pp, a nice fine copy. New. The author reflects on his own exit from the boxing circuit, of his childhood passion for the sport and also tells of his travels and problems in trying to bring an unknown boxer to the World Featherweight Championship. A sports memoir about having, & then loosing faith in one's passion. The book won the Somerset Maugham Prize. Rendall, a gambler, boxing promoter and raconteur sadly died in 2013 - as the Guardian obituary stated, this was one deadline he wasn't late for. 475 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: In a faded downtown Las Vegas casino, with a hooker for company, a boxing writer and sometime boxer's agent reflects on his exit from the fight scene. The book follows an obsession, and as the world of professional boxing starts to recede, the characters Rendall has lived with - and for - rear into focus one last time; characters such as Jack Kid Berg, Kid Chocolate the Havana Dandy, and Colin "Sweet C." McMillan, the world featherweight champion for whom Rendall acted as manager between 1989 and 1995.

Review: There's something about the mano-a-mano primacy of boxing, something about men fighting men, and the seediness and corruption that so much of the sport wallows in that forces chroniclers of the sweet science to adopt the film noir persona of a Sam Spade. Rendall provides the antidote. His marvelously titled memoir recounts his transition from a starry-eyed young British boxing writer to a disenchanted manager of a promising fighter named Colin McMillan, who rises from nobody status to the featherweight champion of the world.

This is a knockout performance by a graceful writer who knows his subject, knows how to spin a yarn, and knows how to make an eclectic stable of characters come alive on the page. As a stylist, Rendall comes out swinging; when he finds an opening, he can score, whether he's in a smoky British boxing club or beneath the neon skies of Las Vegas. He is not afraid to run counter to so much of the good boxing writing that has come before him: what others have praised as colorful, he sees from his insider's perspective as somewhat sinister and grotesque. There is a sadness, a melancholy really, to much of Rendall's personal journey as he begins to distinguish between boxing's realities and its myths. And yet he's capable of relating this with an almost surreal sense of humor, well timed and well placed, like good jabs should be. A lesser writer might have been flattened by the ordeal; it's Rendall's grace under pressure that, in the end, leaves him standing. --Jeff Silverman

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Titel: This Bloody Mary Is The Last Thing I Own - A...
Verlag: Ecco Press, New Jersey
Erscheinungsdatum: 1998
Auflage: 1st US edition

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Buchbeschreibung Ecco Press, New Jersey, 1998. 1st US edition. Cloth, dj, F/F. xiv+187pp, a nice fine copy. New. The author reflects on his own exit from the boxing circuit, of his childhood passion for the sport and also tells of his travels and problems in trying to bring an unknown boxer to the World Featherweight Championship. A sports memoir about having, & then loosing faith in one's passion. The book won the Somerset Maugham Prize. Rendall, a gambler, boxing promoter and raconteur sadly died in 2013 - as the Guardian obituary stated, this was one deadline he wasn't late for. 475 grams. Artikel-Nr. 47811

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Buchbeschreibung Ecco Press, New Jersey, 1998. 1st US edition. Cloth, dj, F/F. xiv+187pp, a nice fine copy. New. The author reflects on his own exit from the boxing circuit, of his childhood passion for the sport and also tells of his travels and problems in trying to bring an unknown boxer to the World Featherweight Championship. A sports memoir about having, & then loosing faith in one's passion. The book won the Somerset Maugham Prize. Rendall, a gambler, boxing promoter and raconteur sadly died in 2013 - as the Guardian obituary stated, this was one deadline he wasn't late for. 475 grams. Artikel-Nr. 47812

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