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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of a Great Journalist
Gay Talese is pretty much the founder of what later came to be known as New Journalism (Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, etc.). He doesn't like that term, but it accurately describes his use of fiction narrative techniques to write non-fiction. This book is a collection of his sports articles and essays, ranging from the 1940s to the 2000s. Since it starts with...
Published on October 18, 2010 by Shaun Hervey

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3.0 out of 5 stars Compiler at fault
Anthologies are the best way to taste a writer's best work, but the compiler of Gay Talese's writings got his recipe mixed up. His earlier stuff, written for a local paper and for his college paper, didn't merit inclusion, and were a waste of time. Similarly, he should have been more selective with regard to his columns for the New York Times. He let a few no-nos slip...
Published on January 5, 2011 by Sean Ryan


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of a Great Journalist, October 18, 2010
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Shaun Hervey (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese (Paperback)
Gay Talese is pretty much the founder of what later came to be known as New Journalism (Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, etc.). He doesn't like that term, but it accurately describes his use of fiction narrative techniques to write non-fiction. This book is a collection of his sports articles and essays, ranging from the 1940s to the 2000s. Since it starts with articles written in his teens, it's a bit uneven in quality, but it gives you a good sense of how he developed his style. The magazine essays at the end are the best, particularly the title essay on Joe DiMaggio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Compiler at fault, January 5, 2011
This review is from: The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese (Paperback)
Anthologies are the best way to taste a writer's best work, but the compiler of Gay Talese's writings got his recipe mixed up. His earlier stuff, written for a local paper and for his college paper, didn't merit inclusion, and were a waste of time. Similarly, he should have been more selective with regard to his columns for the New York Times. He let a few no-nos slip through the net. That said, the greater part of the book is a good read for any student of sports writing. Talese isn't in the same bracket as people like Pierce, Nack, Halberstam or Gary Smith, but he has a body of work in the best American tradition. Like many before him, he found boxers often had the best stories - when you can get them to talk. He succeeded admirably with Floyd Patterson, while his observations on a trip to Cuba with Muhammed Ali, and a visit to San Francisco to interview the elusive Joe Di Maggio are also top class. Good book - pity about the early stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, March 25, 2011
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This review is from: The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese (Paperback)
This anthology is the finest literature on sport
that is in print. The long articles and the briefs
are equally compelling pieces. The author's ability
to capture the depths of character in his understated
way is remarkable. A must read for any lover of the
sporting world. Superb!
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4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like Gay Talese anymore., August 2, 2013
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Some very good pieces here, esp about Floyd Patterson and Joe D. If you like general sports writing, you will enjoy this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, July 5, 2013
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Expected more. Well written, entertaining but expected more interesting stories. Perhaps there are interesting to you, not everyone has same interests.
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