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Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    The Best Bodybuilding Confession Ever

    This book is so true to the mind of the wanna be bodybuilder, it is hilarious in all its aspects. The writer truly achieves great story telling. From start to finish, anyone can understand what it is that drives a man through pain and suffering simply in search of himself, love, respect, and happiness. This book is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Hey Bruce, sign the petition dude

    Excellent book. I once had a brick that i was going to throw through the TV screen. Sam be's like, you're one sputnik gone awry. Still, i could use an autographed copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    Captivating!!!

    This is a great book that shows the behind the door side of bodybuilding. The author holds nothing back. This is a must read for any aspiring bodybuilder that is contemplating taking steroids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2001

    Any Bodybuilder will enjoy this book

    A fascinating story that any bodybuilder would certainly enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    Worth the Read

    An engaging and literate account of one man's turn to bodybuilding in an attempt to escape from the anxieties of urban life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Muscle mania at its finest

    Let's face it, each one of us are unlikely bodybuilders and after reading Sam's book for the fourth or fifth time (I lost count) I have come to the conclusion that I must display my appreciation for a timeless piece of literature. Only after you acquire 'the disease' can you value Sam's devotion to Shangri-La and his roomates. Wittingly hilarious and superbly written, Muscle simply cannot be read one time. Ironically, I've read several top bodybuilder's autobiographies and Sam's is by far the best because he opens all of bodybuildings closet doors and leaves nothing uncovered. Sammy, get on that freight train and write another confession and don't fail to include Vinnie. He is a legend and constantly quoted at my gym.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    Sam's Confession Comes Through

    Samuel Fussell¿s Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder is full of accurate information about the bodybuilding world. Fussell paves his way to a huge mass of muscular armor through ambition and extreme dedication -- dedication to life-threatening starvation, training, and anabolic steroids. His dedication, though, is false, for he seeks to hide his true self. In addition, his novel tells a tale of the rise and fall of self. It is the tale of a bright young man seeking his own identity, only to face confusion and the fear of the other. In response, Samuel casts aside his Oxford education and dons the mask and ¿walk¿ of the bodybuilder. Does Samuel succeed in his narrative? Are the structure and form of his prose comforting and compelling to the reader? Of course. He writes with authority and exactness; his Oxford education and literary background bleed through this novel¿s attractive prose and creative tone. From the training bodybuilder to the person questioning his or her own identity, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder is a worthwile examination of human nature and the persuit of individuality.

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