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The Fight is Norman Mailer's account of the October 30, 1974, fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in the former Zaire. Mailer numbered among several journalists (George Plimpton, Hunter S. Thompson) who followed Ali and Foreman during the summer they trained there. Mailer had an enviable amount of access, including the chance to accompany Ali on a run, which provides an intimate look at an endlessly fascinating figure bent on recovering his championship title. Follow this book up with the excellent documentary When We Were Kings. A note of caution: Mailer's not a writer of modest proportions; he's prone to excess and much feeling. Throughout, especially in the beginning chapters, there's no avoiding Mailer's overt racist tones toward Africans and African-Americans. He confronts the issue openly, but it only evolves into a less explicit problem of marvel and childlike affection.
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In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible “professor of boxing.” The other was George Foreman, who was as taciturn as Ali was voluble. Observing them was Norman Mailer, a commentator of unparalleled energy, acumen, and audacity. Whether he is analyzing the fighters’ moves, interpreting their characters, or weighing their competing claims on the African and American souls, Mailer’s grasp of the titanic battle’s feints and stratagems—and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism—makes this book a masterpiece of the literature of sport.

 

Praise for The Fight

 

“Exquisitely refined and attenuated . . . [a] sensitive portrait of an extraordinary athlete and man, and a pugilistic drama fully as exciting as the reality on which it is based.”The New York Times

 

“One of the defining texts of sports journalism. Not only does Mailer recall the violent combat with a scholar’s eye . . . he also makes the whole act of reporting seem as exciting as what’s occurring in the ring.”GQ

 

“Stylistically, Mailer was the greatest boxing writer of all time.”—Chuck Klosterman, Esquire

 

“One of Mailer’s finest books.”—Louis Menand, The New Yorker

 

Praise for Norman Mailer

 

“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.”The New York Times

 

“A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.”The New Yorker

 

“Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.”The Washington Post

 

“A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.”Life

 

“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”The New York Review of Books

 

“The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.”Chicago Tribune

 

“Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.”The Cincinnati Post

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About the Author

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son, The Castle and the Forest and On God. He died in 2007.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700385
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Ali, muhammad, 1942-
Subject:
Bacgraphy
Subject:
Boxing -- United States.
Subject:
Ali, Muhammad
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Boxing
Subject:
boxing;non-fiction;sports;sport;journalism;george foreman;muhammad ali;zaire;american;reportage;20th century;history;fiction;literature;biography;ali;memoir
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
zv.3
Publication Date:
19970930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.05x5.23x.68 in. .58 lbs.

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The Fight is Norman Mailer's account of the October 30, 1974, fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in the former Zaire. Mailer numbered among several journalists (George Plimpton, Hunter S. Thompson) who followed Ali and Foreman during the summer they trained there. Mailer had an enviable amount of access, including the chance to accompany Ali on a run, which provides an intimate look at an endlessly fascinating figure bent on recovering his championship title. Follow this book up with the excellent documentary When We Were Kings. A note of caution: Mailer's not a writer of modest proportions; he's prone to excess and much feeling. Throughout, especially in the beginning chapters, there's no avoiding Mailer's overt racist tones toward Africans and African-Americans. He confronts the issue openly, but it only evolves into a less explicit problem of marvel and childlike affection.

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