Thom Jones's stories strike with a profound and devastating impact. HIs vision of the human condition is almost brutal, for in ithe world of Jones's fiction there is such a preponderance of darkness that light itself becomes a form of torture. Yet each story in this collection is infused with the surprising, perhaps even ennobling grace of the spirit that ought to collapse, but cannot.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Edition description:||1st ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.99(d)|
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SOME OF THE SHORT STORIES IN THE PUGILIST AT REST ABOUT MARINES ARE SOME OF THE BEST I'VE READ ABOUT MARINE LIFE. THOM JONES PUTS IT IN A TONE TO WHERE ALL LEATHERNECKS BOTH YOUNG AND OLD CAN RELATE. HE TELLS THE STORIES OF HARD CORE MARINES WITHOUT BECOMING TOO 'HARD CORE'
'The Pugilist at Rest' has some fine stories in it; the energy is exciting and I enjoyed the book as a whole. But the pleasures of the stories are momentary, more like flashes of lightning than sustained illumination. The title story and 'A White Horse' have indications of implied meaning (to use an aesthetic term), but the other stories are mainly surface descriptions. The stories are, however, well crafted.