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The Boxer's Heart: A Woman Fighting Paperback – May 29, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Also, the author's narrative voice is unlike any I've ever come across: strong, clear, very idiosyncratic, and, in the end, totally winning. It reminded me of the first time I read "Catcher in the Rye"--it's that personal and quirky and astute. I hope there are many more Sekules books in the pipeline. This is clearly a major new author.
For me, this book immediately worked on the most important level - as a vivid, inside account of what it is like to become a boxer, to train at a famous fight gymnasium, and ultimately to enter the ring as a professional. The book is also a lot more: an intelligent meditation on the history and technique of the "sweet science," a reflection on feminism, gender politics, and the vicissitudes of body image, and a narrative arc describing one woman's journey in synthesizing meaning from her personal experience. The juxtaposition of these elements is an ambitious undertaking, and the success of the author in so doing derives as much from her gifted prose style as from her observations and insights regarding the world of pugilism.
Anyone interested in boxing, sports, and/or feminism will find this book compelling, as will anyone who enjoys a good story. I am looking forward to reading Sekules's next book - on whatever topic about which she next decides to write.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Smart read and very honest perspective on women's boxing. The whole changing trainers thing and feeling dismissed, belittled or like they are just blowing smoke. I get it. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Kristin Russo
I personally bought this book to find the stories about meeting men who were sexually attracted to the author because she was a boxer, this is something that I was surprised to... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer