ROPE BURNS by F. X. Toole
Stories from the Corner

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“In this remarkable collection . . . the spirit of Hemingway lives on.” —The Wall Street Journal F. X. Toole knew boxing. Between bouts, he wrote, and two years before his death he published this collection of stories, giving readers an unprecedented look at the gritty life around the ring. He tells of a cutman with a sweet tooth, young fighters with dreams of celebrity, and a talented boxer who goes to Atlantic City for his biggest bout, only to be humiliated by the prejudices of a callous promoter. In “Million $$$ Baby,” the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, an aged trainer takes on a female fighter, guiding her through disappointment, pain, and tragedy. And in “Rope Burns,” Toole realizes his epic vision, showing that even the purest fighter can succumb to the pressures of the world outside the sport. Throughout these stories, boxing’s violence is redeemed by the respect these men and women share, as they strap on gloves and prepare their bodies for the ultimate test. This ebook features an illustrated biography of F. X. Toole including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
 

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 May 1, 2012 by Open Road Media. 260 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Instead, he'll settle for the “magic” so vividly depicted here—the iron magic “of will, skill, and pain.” Toole won't dazzle anyone with footwork, but there's a core of integrity to his fiction that can rivet a reader, patches of awkwardness notwithstanding.

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The story of the 69-year-old author of this astonishing first fiction collection is a salutary one; he wrote between gigs tending boxers in their corners as a cut man (who stanches the blood flow

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The story of the 69-year-old author of this astonishing first fiction collection is a salutary one;

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Entertainment Weekly

Working the corner of boxing matches, a cut man's sole job is to stop his fighter's bleeding: ''I stop the blood and save the fight, the boy loves me more than he loves his daddy.'' Rope Burns, F.X.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

And to be robbed, whether in the ring or with a gun while you are tending bar, even that’s magic -- magic because it’s all real, every bit of it, and it’s happening now and lasting forever in your mind and heart.

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