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am 9. Mai 2000
Despite some pretentiousness, many redundancies, and an often poorly stitched together narrative, Joyce Carol Oates brings a scalpel-like insight to the incomparable phenomenon that is boxing. She will deepen your understanding -- and take your breath away.
I wonder what Miss Oates thinks of the apparent growing popularity of female boxers (surely, the oxymoron non pareil). My guess is that she sees it for precisely what it is -- political correctness carried to its ultimate and inevitable fatuity. A woman who boxes may be to drool over by lipstick lesbians, but she will always be that absurd and grotesque anomaly -- a woman who boxes. The one thing she'll never be is a "Boxer."
Perhaps another book will be forthcoming from Miss Oates, one that will explore this perversion of the "Sweet Science." My guess is not -- why waste time on the ridiculous when, in "On Boxing," she has spoken so well on what is sublime.
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am 2. März 1999
Six years of bouts with local bruisers and grainy films of Marciano and Louis, and I retired with my fascination intact. Before I chanced upon Oates no book on boxing quite took me beyond the physical. An extraordinary insightful book that subtly find its way to the soul of this controversial sport.
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