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The Muhammad Ali Reader (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Januar 2013


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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ecco; Auflage: Reprint (2. Januar 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062233572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062233578
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 792.879 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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There is no mistaking the marvels of the Ali Reader. It begins with the cover, which leaves you wordless--literally; there is nothing on it except the face of The Greatest linking you in his gaze, toying with your curiosity, and inviting you to step inside.

And what's inside is a knockout collection of 30 essays (and a poem from Nobelist Wole Soyinka) on the most remarkable sportsman of the 20th century, written by a stable of some of the most powerful contemporary literary heavyweights ever assembled in one ring: A.J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, George Plimpton, LeRoi Jones, Murray Kempton, and Irwin Shaw spar with the Ali of the '60s and his metamorphosis from Cassius Clay; Norman Mailer, Pete Hamill, Gary Wills, Hunter Thompson, and Ishmael Reed pick up the saga in the '70s; and Jose Torres, Joyce Carol Oates, and Gay Talese bring the myth into the present.

From his entrance onto the world stage in 1960, Ali exuded a fascinating mixture of personality and skill, which he combined with an ability to mesmerize, charm, infuriate, and cajole. He has always been a writer's dream subject. His inherent poetry seemed to demand nothing less than worthy efforts from the legion of scribes who tried to corner him in prose; Ali possessed the goods that bring writers up to his level.

There are several surprises here, particularly in the early rounds, in which both former heavyweight champion Floyd Paterson (humiliatingly taunted by Ali in and out of the ring) and Jackie Robinson defend his embrace of the Black Muslims. Hamill writes poignantly about what Ali's individualism and his principles cost him in the eyes of the white public: "He had, quite simply, broken too many rules on the way to becoming a man." Thompson provides a dizzying chronicle of "the brown Jay Gatsby." Mailer writes searingly on ego and the body. And Oates, one of the most insightful of all observers of the Sweet Science, sums up his "Parkinsonian" present of muscular shakes and slurred speech with a single, thrilling line: "Who is to presume to feel sorry for one who will not feel sorry for himself?" Ali's own marvelous voice rings clear in a long Playboy interview as well as a shorter, but no less substantial, Q&A for Sport magazine conducted by former light heavyweight titlist Torres.

Though Ali is always on center stage, you don't need to like boxing--or even The Greatest--to be held in the spell of the Reader's literary wallop. The power of its pens should rivet your interest the way Ali himself used to hold ringsiders spellbound. --Jeff Silverman -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

Pressestimmen

“A multifaceted portrait of the man known to all as ‘The Greatest.’” (Washington Post)

“He is the very spirit of the 20th Century.” (Norman Mailer)

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Von Ein Kunde am 27. Mai 1998
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is a treasure trove of expressed love for the English language as well as a treasure trove of "in the moment" perceptions about the champion of champions. Not to equate Ali with the "King of Kings" but the style of the book is reminiscent of the brilliance of Kahlil Gibran's "Jesus, the Son of Man". Part of the brilliance of the book is that its articles, interviews and essays actually manage to shed new light on the stories every Ali fan (like me) already knows. The book's brilliance is also reflected in it's cover design. Just a perfect picture of Ali. Enough said.
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Von Ein Kunde am 7. Mai 2000
Format: Taschenbuch
If you want to begin to try and really understand what Ali is all about, if you want to feel that you have met him and talked with him, this book is for you! It is a great read, and the many writers who contribute each have their own take on this most complex of all heavyweight champs. I loved this book from the first page to the last. You cannot find a better way to get to know Ali. I have read other books about him, and this one stands in a class by itself.
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Von Ein Kunde am 8. September 1999
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This is a really nice chronicle of Muhammed Ali's life and times. The writing here is just as inspired as the subject, so even non-boxing fans can appreciate it. Don't be put off by Early's poor introductory essay -- get the the meat of the book and you won't be disapointed. I'm glad I read this book.
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The Greatest 25. Juli 2002
Von M. Allen Greenbaum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
"Maybe if there were a few cheers from the other side of the fence, and a little more tolerance, too, people would realize Cassius Clay is not as bad as he seems, and maybe then he would also return the favor once in a while and keep his mouth shut."
--Floyd Patterson (with Gay Talese), "In Defense of Cassius Clay," August 1966
"Boxing is a dialogue between bodies. Ignorant men, usually black, and usually next to illiterate, address one another in a set of "conversational" exchanges... It is just that they converse with their physiques." -Norman Mailer, "Ego," March 1971
This is an excellent book, not only for those interested in perhaps the greatest boxer of all time, but for people interested in the separate and combined effects of race, the 1960's, and the subjectivity of writing. For example, it appears that Patterson and Mailer held contradicting opinions about Ali's talking, and, much this book's fun is how Ali served as a projective test for the attitudes and values of others--Mailer in particular is a hoot.
Ali's larger-than-life persona draws such literary heavyweights as Amiri Baraka, the humorist and essayist A.J. Liebling, Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Irwin Shaw, Gay Telese, Garry Wills, and Tom Wolfe. Ali is a symbol, yes, but an individual too, and the better essays show him as a multifaceted, intelligent, and controversial person. Three interviews ("Black Scholar," uncredited, June, 1970; "Playboy," uncredited, November 1975; "Sport," Joe Torres, December 1981) let the champ speak for himself.
The book is full of great writing (except for Hunter S. Thompson's annoying self-aggrandizing piece and Wills' non-illuminating intellectualism), and offer snapshots of Ali from 1962 through his post-Atlanta Olympics acclaim in the late 1990's. A blend of facts and iconography, the book is a fascinating look at Ali both inside and outside the ring. (Some pieces were edited for this book, but there is a bibliography on source material. With 16 pages of photos, no index, and an introductory essay by the editor.) Very highly recommended!
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The Greatest! 7. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If you want to begin to try and really understand what Ali is all about, if you want to feel that you have met him and talked with him, this book is for you! It is a great read, and the many writers who contribute each have their own take on this most complex of all heavyweight champs. I loved this book from the first page to the last. You cannot find a better way to get to know Ali. I have read other books about him, and this one stands in a class by itself.
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Inspired Writing and Subject 8. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a really nice chronicle of Muhammed Ali's life and times. The writing here is just as inspired as the subject, so even non-boxing fans can appreciate it. Don't be put off by Early's poor introductory essay -- get the the meat of the book and you won't be disapointed. I'm glad I read this book.
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Words about Ali Worthy of Their Subject 27. Mai 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is a treasure trove of expressed love for the English language as well as a treasure trove of "in the moment" perceptions about the champion of champions. Not to equate Ali with the "King of Kings" but the style of the book is reminiscent of the brilliance of Kahlil Gibran's "Jesus, the Son of Man". Part of the brilliance of the book is that its articles, interviews and essays actually manage to shed new light on the stories every Ali fan (like me) already knows. The book's brilliance is also reflected in it's cover design. Just a perfect picture of Ali. Enough said.
1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A Truly Full & Satisfying Muhammad Ali Experience 29. Juli 2003
Von Buster Paris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Fantastic - Truly the BEST book on Muhammad Ali out there - and I've read lots!
On a scale of 1 to 5 I give this a 16 - it's THE Best out there!
The book is divided by decades - and you're given insights and perspectives of Muhammad Ali from some pretty impressive folks.
You travel through time and space with each page, with each chapter - you go through the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's with the Champ - it's incredible - I'm at a loss for words to describe what it's like to spend time here - you get this opportunity to travel 30 years with Muhammad Ali - to get different insights and looks at Muhammad Ali - you get to enjoy his youthful energy and watch him dance and you get to sit next to him and count the grays in his hair and watch his hands shake - and just when you even think of feeling sorry for him he levitates off the ground - or makes a hanky disappear -
Yes - a must have for any Ali fan - I have LONG been a fan and this book has been like several books combined and has given me a full experience - like nothing else out there - a truly full and satifying Muhammad Ali experience
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