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The Professional
The Professional
by W. C. Heinz
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.34
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fight is Always Inside, October 20, 2009
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This review is from: The Professional (Paperback)
Red Heinz died last year, and we miss him already. A sports writer of great insight and talent, he brought those attributes to the typewriter when he wrote this book. Deadpan, efficient, clean, spare prose characterize The Professional, an account of the training routine leading up to the big fight. Graphic in every detail, the story moves by inches and leaves an impression of internalized, absorbed authenticity. If you want to read a story about an athlete--troubled, dedicated, honest--this is your book. If you want the same stuff with humor, get (also from Amazon) Monk Rose's Philadelphia Mercy.


The Chrysanthemum Palace
The Chrysanthemum Palace
by Bruce Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clotted Prose, October 20, 2009
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Bruce Wagner has bigtime talent. This book confirms the depth of his insight to motive, behavior, and the inner life of his characters. But this is a literary novel, and it contains the formulaic cancer of most literary novels. The cancer cause is 10% foreign language quotes, 10% esoteric/arcane references, 15 % authorial riffs (go on for pages sometimes)and 65% story with an ambivalent ending. Best novel ever, with none of these: The Horse's Mouth (ca 1945)by Joyce Cary (he's a guy, folks).


Smile
Smile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monster debut, October 4, 2000
This review is from: Smile (Audio CD)
This band, this recording, rank with the best of recent years. Think of Rob McConnell and Bob Florence. Vezinho's arrangements, all familiar standards except for one original composition, shine with freshness and energy. The brass sections soar with power and confidence, and the solo work of Mike Natale (tpt & flugel) and Stan Weiss (baritone sax) continue the best big band jazz traditions while adding an edge of richness that demonstrates how the new evolves from what came before. Drummer Harry Himles covers the genre with impeccable time and good taste. This is a tight, well-rehearsed group of players at the top of the game. Salute them and run out to buy this CD!


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