Rumble, Young Man, Rumble by Benjamin Cavell
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In this widely acclaimed literary debut, Benjamin Cavell stalks the male ego, unleashing a ferocious volley of nine sharply written and deeply penetrating stories.

In Balls, Balls, Balls, we are introduced to Logan Bryant, the star member of the “fourth best paintball team in the tristate area.” Despite his knowledge of napalm recipes and his skill during Military Simulations—MilSim, for short—Logan’s armor shows fractures with every move he makes. In The Death of Cool, an insurance adjuster has come to realize much too clearly the range of threats that surround him. “Tired of trusting in the other guy’s morality,” he embraces his paranoia and leaves as little to chance as possible. The Ropes opens in a hospital room after Alex Folsom has sustained a devastating concussion. With both college and his boxing career behind him, he reunites with his father on Martha’s Vineyard to assess the damage--both physical and emotional. Rumble, Young Man, Rumble is a ground-shaking announcement of the next heavy hitter in American letters.


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About Benjamin Cavell

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Benjamin Cavell attended Harvard College, where he was a boxer and an editor for The Harvard Crimson. Rumble, Young Man, Rumble is his first book.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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and “The Ropes,” a moving portrayal of a brain-damaged young amateur (“the kid who almost got killed at the Golden Gloves”) trying and failing to feel his way back toward something approximating normal life.

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"I am the uncontested star of what is generally acknowledged to be the fourth-best paintball team in the tristate area," declares the narrator of "Balls, Balls, Balls," one of the nine stories in Cavell's forceful debut collection.

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Restless readers unenthused by characters talking about their penis size must wait until Rumble, Young Man, Rumble's fourth story for a...

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typical is the codeine-popping light heavyweight who imagines cracking open his skull and using ''steel wool to scrape the bruises off of my steaming brains.'' Cavell's writing is lean and mean, stripped down to make his cast of imploding alpha males all the more naked and frightening.

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Underwritten by the confidence born of successful competition with a famous father—with whom, as a child, he learned to box (a proactive approach to the Oedipus complex)—Cavell’s subject is the excess of virility from which Virginia Woolf observed that the world suffers: defense systems, whether ...

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