By Chris Nashawaty
Updated August 02, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Pound for Pound

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  • Book
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One of Ernest Hemingway’s best stories is just six words long: ”For Sale: Baby shoes. Never used.” It’s hard to imagine a more economical tragedy. He would’ve loved F.X. Toole, who died before two of his tales became the Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby. Not only for his manly bona fides (ex-longshoreman, boxing cut man), but for the haunting simplicity of his prose. Toole traces Dan Cooley, an Eastwood-esque fight trainer with a bum ticker and three dead children, and Chicky Garza, a young Mexican southpaw. Despite some sappy contrivances, Pound for Pound proves that a flurry of emotional jabs can be just as powerful as one knockout punch.

Pound for Pound

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • F.X. Toole
publisher
  • Ecco Press

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