The Fight

The FightFrom One Of The Major Innovators Of New Journalism, Norman Mailer S The Fight Is The Real Life Story Of A Clash Between Two Of The World S Greatest Boxers, Both In And Out Of The Ring, Published In Penguin Modern Classics.Norman Mailer S The Fight Focuses On The 1975 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship In Kinshasa, Zaire Muhammad Ali Met George Foreman In The Ring Foreman S Genius Employed Silence, Serenity And Cunning He Had Never Been Defeated His Hands Were His Instrument, And He Kept Them In His Pockets The Way A Hunter Lays His Rifle Back Into Its Velvet Case Together The Two Men Made Boxing History In An Explosive Meeting Of Two Great Minds, Two Iron Wills And Monumental Egos.Norman Mailer 1923 2007 Was Born In Long Branch, New Jersey, And Attended Harvard University At The Age Of Sixteen He Majored In Engineering, But It Was While He Was At University That He Became Interested In Writing After Graduating He Served During The War In The Philippines With The Twelfth Armoured Cavalry Regiment From Texas Those Were The Years That Formed The Naked And The Dead 1948 In 1955 He Co Founded The Village Voice, And Was The Editor Of Dissent From 1952 Until 1963 Among His Other Works Are The Armies Of The Night 1968 The Executioner S Song 1980 , Both Of Which Won Mailer A Pulitzer Prize.If You Enjoyed The Fight, You Might Like Gay Talese S Frank Sinatra Has A Cold, Also Available In Penguin Modern Classics If Ever A Fighter Had Been Able To Demonstrate That Boxing Was A Twentieth Century Art, It Must Be Ali , Says Norm, And His Achievement In This Masterly Book Is Of A Similar Order, Demonstrating That Writing About Sport Can Also Be A Twentieth Century Art Geoff Dyer, New Statesman Probably No One Has Written About Boxing Better Than Mailer Has Guardian This book was a respectable yet not exactly remarkable 4 star affair, up until the thirty or so pages which described the fight itself That deceptively diminutive section comprised perhaps the most electrifying, intense, transcendent fight writing I ve ever encountered The following is my favorite excerpt from that insane whirlwind of prose The barrage began With Ali braced on the ropes, as far back on the ropes as a deep sea fisherman is braced back in his chair when setting the hook on a big strike, so Ali got ready and Foreman came on to blast him out A shelling reminiscent of artillery battles in World War I began Neither man moved than a few feet in the next minute and a half Across that embattled short space Foreman threw punches in barrages of four and six and eight and nine, heavy maniacal slamming punches, heavy as the boom of oaken doors, bombs to the body, bolts to the head, punching until he could not breathe, backing off to breathe again and come in again, bomb again, blast again, drive and steam and slam the torso in front of him, wreck him in the arms, break through those arms, get to his ribs, dig him out, dig him out, put the dynamite in the earth, lift him, punch him, punch him up to heaven, take him ou
One of the factors that tends to dampen my enthusiasm for boxing is that the matches themselves take place so infrequently if you enjoy watching a certain fighter, it might be months or likely even years before you can watch him fight again This is due in part, to be sure, to the toll taken on the participants But contrast this with a sport like Major League Baseball, which offers an embarrassment of riches 162 games a year, one game almost every single day from April to October Baseball, a friend said to me recently, is pastoral, it seems to exist outside of time and theoretically, there is no limit to how long a baseball game can last there is an unhurriedness to baseball, something comforting about its always being there in the background of one s life as needed, and something comforting about the rhythm of an individual pitcher s unvarying mechanics and delivery, like waves crashing ashore and receding Further, it almost seems vulgar to suggest that anyone would ever make money off of baseball, or gamble on the outcome although even players themselves have, many times , that it is anything than a moving painting of the
9 10 , , , , O , , , , The Executioner s Song , , , , 30 1974 20 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Two dangerous men, larger than life in the way great boxers often are, meet in Africa to perform boxing Norman Mailer does a great job describing the fight, the fighters, sports journalism, the journalists, and the defiant corruption of Mobutu s nation Just as a boxer learns the magic geometry of intent vs pain, searching within it for their moments of opportunity, the writer learns how words contain a magic by which they may dissect time In real time combat is measured by the length of your opponent s response, the spectator or video camera records this as a series of who first did what when where However, words stretch events, foreshorten others, and resonate with themes that reside outside simple causality Mailer unwinds the relatively brief events of the ring into a cogent analysis of the complicated culture that fosters a p
Deeply mixed about this book Mailer s aggressive, deeply masculine prose is perfectly suited to describing physical activity, so the chapters dealing with the actual boxing match are very nearly perfect exciting, suspenseful, and just breathless enough Among the very best sports writing that I ve read.On the other hand, Mailer s aggressive, deeply masculine prose causes problems when describing just about anything else The build up to and aftermath of the fight are narcissistic, self serving, condescending, and than a little racist His research is lazy He s clearly in awe of Ali He makes no effort to explore his own biases about race, boxing, Africa, or anything else I can t for the life of me figure out what the point is Very similar themes are handled much sensitively and lucidly if at a fraction of the breathless excitement level, since it s about tennis and not boxi
Chapters 13 15, about the actual fight, are perhaps the best description of a live sporting event I ve ever read, and worth five stars alone The rest is somewhat discursive, but there is something inherently enjoyable about the very th
One of the most amazing and historic boxing matches in the colorful history of the sport occurred in 1974 when Muhammad Ali surprised the world and defeated George Foreman to reclaim the world heavyweight title in Zaire Much has been written about this fight, including this book by renowned author Norman Mailer Part historical, part play by play and part memoir Mailer inserts himself in the book , the reader will get an interesting perspective of this fight and the setting in which it took place Since the book was originally published in 1975, one can easily note that there are sections and passages that would not pass an editor s eye today, such as when Mailer stated that Africa is shaped like a pistol, say the people here, and Zaire is the trigger He also writes most of the book in a masculine point of view, sometimes a little too much that might make a reader uncomfortable At the beginning of the book, he does state that he is going to do this, so it is not unexpected This will also allow the reader, should he or she wish to continue, to get a different perspective One part that I did enjoy was when Norman how he referred to hi
A few things to know about Norman Mailer 1 He s full of himself and he s full of baloney Mailer has never been devoid of ego He plays the game of writer as prize fighter, and considers every book a match for the crown He s in the ring with the heavyweights and he wants to out write them all This gives rise to a great amount of personal huffery that manifests in totally unsupportable opinions e.g., good fucking makes good babies, from a different book and a strange belief in his ability to manipulate cosmic forces He spends pages describing a drunken balancing act that puts a marker in the universe that could just possibly influence the match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman 2., he s an absolutely brilliant journalist, and artist, capable of accurate description, great insight, and beautiful sentences The joy in reading Mailer is that he keeps defect and attribute in tension, and even has a sense of humor about himself, And so he brought his remarkable gifts to bear on a boxing match that a great part of the world saw fit to pay attention to, intelligencia saw fit to write about, and fight aficionados talk about forty years later The Rumble in the Jungle.Ali v Foreman and a ten million dollar purse in the heat, humidity, corruption, and danger of Kinshasa, Zaire Mailer takes us into the cosmic scene of the African spirit world, the political scene of a country gone to hell, the social
exhilarating and damn near perfect less about the fight though very much about the fight than about mailer s own crazy making demons builds to an absolutely thrilling climax and ends quietly and beautifully with an earne
3 1 2 stars The thing about Norman Mailer, in my opinion, is that he sometimes thinks that he is to writing as what Muhammad Ali is to boxing and that he can do no wrong By being the greatest writer of all time he makes reading a simple thing like a book about a very famous boxing match a difficult read than it needs to be At times this book gets confusing, like around chapter 2 or 3 where Norman starts to question his love of Black people and that maybe he might be a racist after all What are you trying to say Norman That you are racist when it comes to African American black men, their pimp ideology, their jive attitude this was written in the 70 s and I m not playing race cards here , but the African black man is a spiritual, intelligent, introspective type of person Or are you just angry that you flew all the way to Africa with a stomach virus only to find out that when you arrived the fight had been postponed due to George Foreman s cut eye and felt like taking it out on a race of people Also, Norman, why are you constantly referring to yourself in the third person Why did you feel the need to get drunk and go balcony hopping at the Intercontinental Hotel Did you really think your act of drunken bravery would help Ali regain his title Why did you feel like telling us in the first pl

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  • Paperback
  • 239 pages
  • The Fight
  • Norman Mailer
  • English
  • 02 December 2018
  • 9780141184142