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[Ebook] The Fighter By Craig Davidson – Submitalink.info Fans Of Palahniuk And Irvine Welsh Will Relish The Graphic Fight Sequences And Gritty Social Commentary Rocky Mountain News How To Allocate Your Free Time This Month Devouring Craig Davidson S Gruesome Debut Novel, The Fighter Esquire This Is Than A Stunning Debut It Reminds Me How Vacuous, Banal And Insipid Most Highly Touted Fiction Is Craig Davidson Asks And Answers Some Big, Uncomfortable Questions About The Nature Of Our Humanity The Fighter Is An Essential Novel, Destined For Cult Status At The Very Least Irvine Welsh While The Novel S Brutal Fights Will Entice Readers Of Other Virile Allegories Like Chuck Palahniuk S Fight Club, Davidson S Story Takes A Nuanced, Realistic Approach Kirkus Reviews Everything Has Been Handed To Paul Harris, The Son Of A Wealthy Southern Ontario Businessman But After A Vicious Beating Shakes His World, He Descends Into The Realm Of Hardcore Bodybuilders And Boxing Gyms, Seeking To Become A Real Man, Reveling In Suffering Rob Tully, A Working Class Teenager From Upstate New York, Is A Born Boxer He Trains With His Father And Uncle, Who Believe A Gift Like His Can Change Their Lives, But He Struggles Under The Weight Of Their Expectations Inevitably, These Two Young Men S Paths Will Cross Craig Davidson Was Born In Toronto And Now Lives In Calgary, Alberta He Is The Author Of The Acclaimed Short Story Collection Rust And Bone, Which Was Published By WW Norton In The United States, Penguin In Canada, Albin Michel In France, And Picador In The United Kingdom From The Trade Paperback Edition I m glad I bought this one a whimI bought this a long time ago and it sat in my Kindle and I stopped reading for a bit then I came back and started reading this again The writing is real, raw, and gripping As a fighter myself I felt a lot of it and laughed at some of the over the top stuff like snorting dbol You can kind of feel how it s going to end but I wouldn t say it s predictable,inevitable I wish it were longer, didn t want it to end. Quote They stood on the fringes, some singly, others with their backers All of them scarred or disfigured or broken in some way And their eyes the newer ones had this look of sheer psychic terror The older andmutilated showed no emotion at all faces a fretwork of scars, eyes blank as a test pattern Then there were those hovering in the middle ground., neither new nor old they had the look of men who d realized their lives were irretrievably lost and they could only await the inevit Quote They stood on the fringes, some singly, others with their backers All of them scarred or disfigured or broken in some way And their eyes the newer ones had this look of sheer psychic terror The older andmutilated showed no emotion at all faces a fretwork of scars, eyes blank as a test pattern Then there were those hovering in the middle ground., neither new nor old they had the look of men who d realized their lives were irretrievably lost and they could only await the inevitable passage into the final stage Rob Tully is a 17 year old youth, schooled in boxing from the age of ten by his father, Reuben, who sees boxing as a way out of an existence and future with no real prospects Rob is a gifted boxer, but his hearts not really in it Rob comes from a family of bare knuckle brawlers His uncle, Tommy, is one of these, who gets 15 a round as a punchbag for sparing in his local boxing gym Tommy was never a contender he is renowned for being able to take a punch, rather than delivering them Paul Harris is the spoiled, coddled son of a wealthy vineyard owner Paul s father wants his son to have everything he didn t have An education and the social privileges he himself did not have Paul wears 800 suits, drives the latest BMW and enjoys those privileges in life afforded to other young men of his class Paul is however, deeply unhappy One night, whilst on a date, Paul gets pummeled by a brute in a bar Paul has an epiphany, of sorts, and sets out to prove himself as a man, eventually by joining a boxing gym and seeking out illegal bare knuckle bouts, to both prove and punish himself Paul s not a very skillful boxer, but he has a lot of heart, which verges on the masochistic, if not crossing that line The reader can tell, fairly early on in this story that Robbie Tully and Paul Harris s paths are destined to cross in the ring This is my first book by Craig Davidson and I m interested to readof his work.4 stars from this reader Recommended Originally posted at The Velvet In Craig Davidson s debut novel having previously published some genre fiction under a pseudonym , two pugilists from opposite sides of the tracks in this case, substitute rails for the Falls of Niagara each fight for the wrong reasons Rob Tully, who came out of the womb swinging in a working class family of boxers, has no passion for the sport, though his natural skill may punch his ticket to a better life In the other corner is Paul Harris, a privileged h Originally posted at The Velvet In Craig Davidson s debut novel having previously published some genre fiction under a pseudonym , two pugilists from opposite sides of the tracks in this case, substitute rails for the Falls of Niagara each fight for the wrong reasons Rob Tully, who came out of the womb swinging in a working class family of boxers, has no passion for the sport, though his natural skill may punch his ticket to a better life In the other corner is Paul Harris, a privileged heir who got sand kicked in his face one too many times and renounced the cushy family biz to forge his scrawny ass into steel through a cocktail of performance enhancers and general misanthropy.Plot wise, wellthat s pretty much it Of course things happen on the road to the middle, but the tale is the un making of these men, and the final act inevitable It s sort of the literary equivalent of one of those HBO fight pimping documentaries where they paint the opponents as Yin and Yang while crosscutting their parallel narrative paths to the ring Except this world is farbrutal Sure, they train gloved in stank gyms, but all the real blows come bare knuckled in makeshift rural arenas and on city streets There s even a brief Fight Club homage, likely meant to acknowledge and dispel the inevitable comparisons.Minor characters reflect the fighters worlds throughout, whether it s the gym bums waxing barbershop nostalgic at ringside, dogs as punchy as their owners, or the lady companions and relatives they keep at a distance who provide convenient if sometimes clich d exposition.The plot may be straightforward and character development a bit thin, but the prose is where Davidson shines like a detached retina under a penlight He puts the viscera in visceral I ve winced at words before, but can t recall having ever actually recoiled from a page until now.A flashpot went off inside Paul s braincase, a tiny superheated sun that scorched the walls of bone the light froze in thin sharp icicles that dangled, luminous, from the roof of his skull.A clubbing blow sent him to the ground again He backed away on his palms and heels, skittering like a sand crab The world acquired a pinkish tinge, the buildings and streets and cars spun from cotton candy.Davidson s vocabulary is impressive without giving the reader a complex about it He stops short of sending you for your dictionary because the meanings remain clear through well constructed sentences And his similes are among the best I ve read, connecting some quite disparate subjects Adjective abuse runs rampant, however, and colorful as they may be, few nouns are spared The spiraling coils of a hydroelectric plant reared in solitary abandonment against the night sky Farther on, a rutted dirt path rounded into a sprawling farmstead.In a very clever yet subtle move, the prologue establishes first person present tense, then the rest flashes back to past tense in the third person This serves at least two purposes maintaining suspense over which fighter becomes the man described in the prologue, while underscoring that transformation by detaching from his former self through point of view A common theme has nearly all the fighters in the book feeling conflicted about hurting their opponents, whether out of guilt, or some professional code of ethics And they all pay for this perceived weakness with pounded flesh.This book is perhaps known less for the words inside than the abuse the author endured to research and later promote it In this Esquire article, Davidson details the savage toll his steroid experiments took upon his body and mind He also staged two public boxing matches against other writers, taking a beating in both, which in a way sets afitting tone for the reading experience.Davidson s short story collection Rust and Bone is one of my all time favorite reads, and I believe a better introduction to his writing talents and potential If I have learned anything about the wonderful world of fiction in the last few years, it s that Craig Davidson must be the most woefully underrated and unknown author of this generation Being on a literary kick lately has definitely broadened my horizons and introduced me to some new authors, but none have had the ability to grab me and keep my attention the same way that Davidson has.While The Fighter is his first novel under his real name discounting the Cutter and Lestewka pseudonyms , it If I have learned anything about the wonderful world of fiction in the last few years, it s that Craig Davidson must be the most woefully underrated and unknown author of this generation Being on a literary kick lately has definitely broadened my horizons and introduced me to some new authors, but none have had the ability to grab me and keep my attention the same way that Davidson has.While The Fighter is his first novel under his real name discounting the Cutter and Lestewka pseudonyms , it has so far been the best although Cataract City seems to garner evenfavorable reviews The subject matter isn t exactly new, but unlike the overrated and far less talented Palahniuk who covered the same basic material in Fight Club, what Davidson writes is raw, brutal, and gritty, yet still told in a flowery, literary language that very few have managed to achieve For examplePeople were jogging and dog walking along the canal He thought how easy it would be to skip the curb, accelerate across the greenbelt, slam into one of them He pictured bodies crunpling over the hood or ruptering under the tires with red goo spewing from mouths and ears and assholes he saw smashed headlights embedded in faces, saw windshield wipers fliying at murderous velocity to sever arms and legs Or perhaps this jaunty little description isyour styleHis target was riding one of those idiotic recumbent bicycles He wore a shiny metal flake helmet, royal purple, like the paint job on a custom roadster Paul figured he d hit him broadside and crush him against a dock pillar, or else clip his wheel and launch him into the ice cold sky, a flailing purple mortar crashing through the canal iceThe cyclist caught sight of the car barreling down on him and pumped his pedals as if to outrun it Paul had a heart laugh what bravado.I don t know about you, but those paragraphs, from only one short section of the book are so well written, so damned distinct and detailed and perfectly executed that I just can t get enough of them Aside from that, it depicts roid rage in a stark, unflinching clarity, with no apologies givenor even warranted I d add the graphic prose of Davidson s portrayal of rough sex, but I think it d be far better if you read it yourself cuz damn son, it s amazing It s the brutality and nakedness of the sport, the various aspirations and desires of the fighters, the heartbreak and pride and emotions of the characters and the unflinching look that propelled The Fighter to the top of my 2016 list I also know that the sweat and blood that Davidson himself went through when writing it has a huge part to play.As everyone knows, Davidson must really love the sport or idea at the very least of boxing and bareknuckle fighting since he s had some aspect of it in every single one of books That being said, the execution and plot of The Fighter were far and away the best he s done I mean, I guess when your entire novel is based on the subject and when you take steroids and competed in a honest to goodness match in promotion of this novel yourself, it s gotta be, right Right

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