Pound for Pound by F. X. Toole
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Following his remarkable fiction debut, Rope Burns, author F. X. Toole's Pound for Pound is a big, brawny novel of honor, perseverance, family, and forgiveness, set in towns where violence is the norm and success stories take on an almost mythic importance. It is the story of Dan Cooley, an aging, legendary Los Angeles trainer, who takes on Chicky Garza, a troubled young fighter hungry for glory in the notoriously corrupt San Antonio boxing circuit. Written in the masterful style that has earned the author glowing comparisons to Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and Frank McCourt, this unforgettable posthumous novel celebrates a unique and powerful bond, and the courage that overcomes insurmountable obstacles in and out of the ring.

 

About F. X. Toole

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F. X. Toole was born in 1930. Having worked as a bullfighter, professional boxing "cut man," taxi driver, and saloon keeper, Toole published his first book of fiction at age seventy. He died in 2002, before seeing his short story "Million Dollar Baby" become an Academy Award-winning film.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 416 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the late author (1930-2002) of the short story (from the collection Rope Burns, 2000) that inspired the movie Million Dollar Baby comes Toole’s only novel, a tough, tender tale about boxing people.

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The Guardian

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Pound for Pound by FX Toole (366pp, Harvill Secker, £12) James Ellroy's introduction usefully gives us the facts.

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The Guardian

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He comes pretty much from the Burgess Meredith school of gnarled ring rat in Rocky Dan has an orphaned grandson, Tim Pat, who is - naturally - bullied at school, takes up - what else?

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Publishers Weekly

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(The novel was "shaped," notes James Ellroy in the introduction, from a 900-page manuscript by Toole's agent and a freelance editor.) Dan Cooley, a onetime contender who has outlived his wife and children and whose life revolves around his grandson, Tim Pat, goes off the rails after Tim Pat is ki...

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BC Books

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For the hoards of serious amateurs who serve as the story's backdrop – the Chicano's, Mexicans, Tex-Mexes, blacks, the Irish poor – boxing is the only way they know to free themselves from their prisons of class and race.

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Entertainment Weekly

One of Ernest Hemingway's best stories is just six words long: ''For Sale: Baby shoes.

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USA Today

For 22 years, he worked as a trainer and cut man whose job, which he vividly describes in his novel, is to use thrombin and adrenaline to stem the flow of blood between rounds so a fighter can keep fighting.

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People

The author of the stories that inspired the film Million Dollar Baby, Toole didn't live to see publication of this gripping novel, edited after his death.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Toole never saw the film—he passed away before it was released—but he left behind more stories, including the 900-page manuscript from which Pound for Pound was whittled.

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