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Set against the backdrop of the streets of New York City, the fishing wharfs of Boston in the fifties, and the prizefighting gyms of both cities, Denny Kelly's life is on the skids. He's down and out and falling fast. Kelly is a has-been who isn't ready to give up. He wants to prizefight again, to regain that illusory sense of power and grace. He's too old to be fighting, but it's the only thing he knows how to do. He's walked out on his wife and daughter, has destroyed everything important in his life, yet all ...
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New York 1977 Paperback First Avon Printing Very Good 038001680x. 240 p.; This paperback has a colorfully illustrated white cover with the title in large, block-print on the ... front which is repeated on the spine in black. "The best novel written by anyone about the world of professional prize fighting."---Pete Hamill; 18 Cm. Read more Show Less

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Set against the backdrop of the streets of New York City, the fishing wharfs of Boston in the fifties, and the prizefighting gyms of both cities, Denny Kelly's life is on the skids. He's down and out and falling fast. Kelly is a has-been who isn't ready to give up. He wants to prizefight again, to regain that illusory sense of power and grace. He's too old to be fighting, but it's the only thing he knows how to do. He's walked out on his wife and daughter, has destroyed everything important in his life, yet all he ever really lived for was his moment of glory in the ring--the gladiatorial triumph that makes bearable every defeat, every humiliation. Hoagland takes us deep into the prizefighter's hopes and struggles. We smell the blood and sweat of the gym, meet the wildly eccentric trainers, managers, and fighters, and sense the crackling tension of the ring. And keenly, we feel the burden of Kelly's mistakes and the pain he's caused those who have tried to get close to him. We live Kelly's dreams and wince at his failures, and our heart aches for him. We know his time is running out, and we are with him in the end--as he goes full circle, and finally comes home.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780380016808
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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EDWARD HOAGLAND, one of America's most distinguished writers, is the author of fifteen books, including Walking the Dead Diamond River (page TK), The Courage of Turtles, Red Wolves and Black Bears (page TK), African Calliope, The Tugman's Passage (page TK), Balancing Acts (page TK), and Tigers & Ice (page TK). He lives in Vermont and teaches in the English Department at Bennington College.
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