The first book in historian/novelist Steven L. Kent's MY LIFE AMONG THE HEAVYWEIGHT'S series, LONG LIVE THE CHAMPION is the story of Sammy Shrubber, who is the number one contender in the heavyweight division when an existing champion retires.
Told through the eyes of a retired New York Times columnist, MY LIFE AMONG THE HEAVYWEIGHTS mixes boxing history and fiction to create an irresistible patois of literary lies and historical truths.
Kent, clearly a boxing aficionado, packs the book with true tales about the likes of Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston suspending any notion of disbelief while constantly spinning a web of absolute falsehood. The most believable boxers in this book aren't even the historic figures-Ali, Liston, and Emile Griffiths who are accurately presented in extreme situations. The main event on this card is a match between Shrubber and Khalid Yusuf al-Ottman, fighters Kent has conjured out of thin air.
The improbable rise of Sammy Shrubber is more A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS than Horatio Alger story. Told through the eyes of a fictitious New York Times retiree, this book is equal parts accurately told satire and carefully spun history.
|Series:||My Life Among the Heavyweights: The Memoirs of David Spain , #1|
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This was a good read from an author whose work I usually enjoy. I didn't know what to expect when I saw this book listed in the catalog, but I decided to take a chance and see if it was worth the money (it was) and reading effort (it certainly was). I read the entire book in one sitting, which I normally don't do, even for a book with as few pages as this one has. The writing style was so comfortable that I just didn't want to put down this book until I read the entire 110 pages.
A history of boxing told through a fictional reporter covering a fictional boxer. Even if you don't follow boxing, this book is for you.