The Fighter ePUB å Hardcover

The Fighter ePUB å Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 249 pages
  • The Fighter
  • Craig Davidson
  • English
  • 20 February 2014
  • 9781569474655

10 thoughts on “The Fighter

  1. Paul Paul says:

    uote They stood on the fringes some singly others with their backers All of them scarred or disfigured or broken in some way And their eyes the newer ones had this look of sheer psychic terror The older and mutilated showed no emotion at all faces a fretwork of scars eyes blank as a test pattern Then there were those hovering in the middle ground neither new nor old they had the look of men who'd realized their lives were irretrievably lost and they could only await the inevitable passage into the final stage Rob Tully is a 17 year old youth schooled in boxing from the age of ten by his father Reuben who sees boxing as a way out of an existence and future with no real prospects Rob is a gifted boxer but his hearts not really in it Rob comes from a family of bare knuckle brawlers His uncle Tommy is one of these who gets 15 a round as a punchbag for sparing in his local boxing gym Tommy was never a contender he is renowned for being able to take a punch rather than delivering them Paul Harris is the spoiled coddled son of a wealthy vineyard owner Paul's father wants his son to have everything he didn't have An education and the social privileges he himself did not have Paul wears 800 suits drives the latest BMW and enjoys those privileges in life afforded to other young men of his class Paul is however deeply unhappy One night whilst on a date Paul gets pummeled by a brute in a bar Paul has an epiphany of sorts and sets out to 'prove' himself as a man eventually by joining a boxing gym and seeking out illegal bare knuckle bouts to both prove and punish himself Paul's not a very skillful boxer but he has a lot of heart which verges on the masochistic if not crossing that line The reader can tell fairly early on in this story that Robbie Tully and Paul Harris's paths are destined to cross in the ring This is my first book by Craig Davidson and I'm interested to read of his work4 stars from this reader Recommended


  2. Gordon Gordon says:

    Originally posted at The VelvetIn Craig Davidson's debut novel having previously published some genre fiction under a pseudonym two pugilists from opposite sides of the tracks in this case substitute rails for the Falls of Niagara each fight for the wrong reasons Rob Tully who came out of the womb swinging in a working class family of boxers has no passion for the sport though his natural skill may punch his ticket to a better life In the other corner is Paul Harris a privileged heir who got sand kicked in his face one too many times and renounced the cushy family biz to forge his scrawny ass into steel through a cocktail of performance enhancers and general misanthropyPlot wise well that's pretty much it Of course things happen on the road to the middle but the tale is the un?making of these men and the final act inevitable It's sort of the literary euivalent of one of those HBO fight pimping documentaries where they paint the opponents as Yin and Yang while crosscutting their parallel narrative paths to the ring Except this world is far brutal Sure they train gloved in stank gyms but all the real blows come bare knuckled in makeshift rural arenas and on city streets There's even a brief Fight Club homage likely meant to acknowledge and dispel the inevitable comparisonsMinor characters reflect the fighters' worlds throughout whether it's the gym bums waxing barbershop nostalgic at ringside dogs as punchy as their owners or the lady companions and relatives they keep at a distance who provide convenient if sometimes clichéd expositionThe plot may be straightforward and character development a bit thin but the prose is where Davidson shines like a detached retina under a penlight He puts the viscera in visceral I've winced at words before but can't recall having ever actually recoiled from a page until nowA flashpot went off inside Paul's braincase a tiny superheated sun that scorched the walls of bone; the light froze in thin sharp icicles that dangled luminous from the roof of his skullA clubbing blow sent him to the ground again He backed away on his palms and heels skittering like a sand crab The world acuired a pinkish tinge the buildings and streets and cars spun from cotton candyDavidson's vocabulary is impressive without giving the reader a complex about it He stops short of sending you for your dictionary because the meanings remain clear through well constructed sentences And his similes are among the best I've read connecting some uite disparate subjects Adjective abuse runs rampant however and colorful as they may be few nouns are sparedThe spiraling coils of a hydroelectric plant reared in solitary abandonment against the night sky Farther on a rutted dirt path rounded into a sprawling farmsteadIn a very clever yet subtle move the prologue establishes first person present tense then the rest flashes back to past tense in the third person This serves at least two purposes maintaining suspense over which fighter becomes the man described in the prologue while underscoring that transformation by detaching from his former self through point of view A common theme has nearly all the fighters in the book feeling conflicted about hurting their opponents whether out of guilt or some professional code of ethics And they all pay for this perceived weakness with pounded fleshThis book is perhaps known less for the words inside than the abuse the author endured to research and later promote it In this Esuire article Davidson details the savage toll his steroid experiments took upon his body and mind He also staged two public boxing matches against other writers taking a beating in both which in a way sets a fitting tone for the reading experienceDavidson's short story collection Rust and Bone is one of my all time favorite reads and I believe a better introduction to his writing talents and potential


  3. Jordan Anderson Jordan Anderson says:

    If I have learned anything about the wonderful world of fiction in the last few years it's that Craig Davidson must be the most woefully underrated and unknown author of this generation Being on a literary kick lately has definitely broadened my horizons and introduced me to some new authors but none have had the ability to grab me and keep my attention the same way that Davidson hasWhile The Fighter is his first novel under his real name discounting the Cutter and Lestewka pseudonyms it has so far been the best although Cataract City seems to garner even favorable reviews The subject matter isn't exactly new but unlike the overrated and far less talented Palahniuk who covered the same basic material in Fight Club what Davidson writes is raw brutal and gritty yet still told in a flowery literary language that very few have managed to achieve For example People were jogging and dog walking along the canal He thought how easy it would be to skip the curb accelerate across the greenbelt slam into one of them He pictured bodies crunpling over the hood or ruptering under the tires with red goo spewing from mouths and ears and assholes; he saw smashed headlights embedded in faces saw windshield wipers fliying at murderous velocity to sever arms and legs Or perhaps this jaunty little description is your style His target was riding one of those idiotic recumbent bicycles He wore a shiny metal flake helmet royal purple like the paint job on a custom roadster Paul figured he'd hit him broadside and crush him against a dock pillar or else clip his wheel and launch him into the ice cold sky a flailing purple mortar crashing through the canal ice The cyclist caught sight of the car barreling down on him and pumped his pedals as if to outrun it Paul had a heart laugh what bravadoI don't know about you but those paragraphs from only one short section of the book are so well written so damned distinct and detailed and perfectly executed that I just can't get enough of them Aside from that it depicts roid rage in a stark unflinching clarity with no apologies givenor even warranted I'd add the graphic prose of Davidson's portrayal of rough sex but I think it'd be far better if you read it yourself cuz damn son it's amazingIt's the brutality and nakedness of the sport the various aspirations and desires of the fighters the heartbreak and pride and emotions of the characters and the unflinching look that propelled The Fighter to the top of my 2016 list I also know that the sweat and blood that Davidson himself went through when writing it has a huge part to playAs everyone knows Davidson must really love the sport or idea at the very least of boxing and bareknuckle fighting since he's had some aspect of it in every single one of books That being said the execution and plot of The Fighter were far and away the best he's done I mean I guess when your entire novel is based on the subject and when you take steroids and competed in a honest to goodness match in promotion of this novel yourself it's gotta be right? Right


  4. Vince Darcangelo Vince Darcangelo says:

    review originally appeared in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS'Fighter' not uite a knockoutVince Darcangelo Special to The Rocky Published July 27 2007 at midnight Plot in a nutshell Davidson's debut is at once a class study a gritty two fisted slobber knocker and a lowbrow exploration of the world of illegal boxing In its finer moments it delivers its dark social commentary like a right hook to the jaw At other times particularly when describing human interactions outside the ring Davidson telegraphs his punches The Fighter's plot unfolds through the mirrored lives of two characters Paul Harris the privileged son of a wealthy winery owner and Rob Tully a working class teenage boxing prodigy Paul is pampered and apathetic; in his late 20s he still lives with his parents and works for his father Then one night he is savagely beaten in a bar fight causing him to take up boxingMeanwhile Rob is the product of a close knit and loving family Rob isn't passionate about boxing but doesn't have any other career options Their stories intersect in a rural farmhouse that hosts brutal underground boxing matchesLike Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club The Fighter features a protagonist Paul who disdains the softness of the 21st century male and wants to get back in touch with his primal roots Humanity has gained much through social evolution but the book seems to ask In shedding its most basic survival skills is humanity evolving into extinction?Sample of prose Didn't every organism seek the easiest pathway to survival? Then what of the organism reared in an environment without predators or obstacles its every need provided? Paul pictured a flabby boneless creature shapeless as soft and raw as the spot under a picked scabPros Like a great pugilist Davidson's fight scenes contain no wasted motion They are swift and smooth graceful yet vicious Few stomachs are stronger than mine and even I was grimacing at the brutalityCons Davidson excels at describing society's underbelly but struggles to illustrate the upper crust existence of Paul Harris These scenes which make up a good portion of the book are slow the characters and plot turns contrivedFinal word Fans of Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh will relish the graphic fight seuences and gritty social commentary Davidson has penned a disturbing treatise on the cost of human evolution


  5. Tony Tony says:

    When a debut novel comes bearing blurbs from Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club Thom Jones The Pugilist at Rest and Irvine Welsh Trainspotting readers should be primed for a visceral story On that count the book definitely delivers but that's probably the best thing I can say about itI haven't read Fight Club but I did uite like the film version and it's hard to get away from that 1996 novel when reading this The story here revolves around 20 something Paul the privileged son of a farmer who reinvented himself as a winemaker and Rob a teenage boxing prodigy who seems destined to fulfill the dreams of his father and uncle With that kind of framework you know their paths are going to cross and that encounter is likely to be the climax of the bookLike the unnamed narrator of Fight Club Paul is drifting through a comfortable but empty life After being beaten to a pulp outside a bar he concludes that he needs to reassess what he's doing and embarks of a course of grueling manual labor intense gym and boxing training and not a few steroids Meanwhile Rob's uncle earns 15round as a sparring partner for up and comers plus whatever he can make in the underground bare knuckle circuit Rob's father works a graveyard shift at a bakery and Rob bears the weight of being the one who has the talent to escape the dead end neighborhoodPaul's over the top transformation into a literal masochist is just barely credible even factoring in the steroids Rob's arc is a little plausible for the first two thirds of the book and then also comes on too strong But then again perhaps greater subtlety and nuance are a bit much to ask from a book whose primary strength is the incredibly vivid descriptions of fights and the resulting disfigurements These burning flashes aside it's hard not to come out the other end of the book without feeling like you've just sat through a soap opera of sorts but for guys


  6. George K. Ilsley George K. Ilsley says:

    As I was reading this I remembered what happened reading Davidson's short story collection — the you read the less there is This novel is like one of the stories just inflated beyond belief There are two story lines and they do not intersect for the first 200 pages Then one should skip the next 50 to the end I know I did because I could not bear to read it having already read or less the same thing several times already Also if you reach page 200 you will have just read one of the most ridiculous preposterous sex scenes ever committed to print The character Paul is unconvincing from start to finish He grew up in the town he lives in but seems to have no friends girlfriends ex girlfriends nothing although he is on a date when we first meet him No context or mirroring except his parents? C'mon The one friend that is interjected just to be used as a punching bag at his parents' party is then glimpsed again as a kind of Paul doppelganger having become an animal right extremist Yes over the top become predictable and therefore completely uninterestingWhen finished with this book I went back and read the ending which is found at the start This made me hate this book even RidiculousA talented writer who is trying too hard


  7. Ruthie Ruthie says:

    Well if you ever wanted to get into the heads of boxers street fighters underground fighters 'roid ragers etc this book will take you deep into the underworld of fighters and it is not s pretty place Davidson is a brilliant writer you feel every punch smell the blood and sense the danger and hopelessness The descriptions of the run down neighborhood were spot on Less so for me were the descriptions of the upperclass homes and their inhabitants to me they felt cliched and is seems like they were an afterthought Not for the faint of heart this book is gritty bloody angry and grim but Davidson knows how to write


  8. Christy Stewart Christy Stewart says:

    I'm not well versed in the boxingcombat lexicon although I do count the WWE as one of my favorite soaps and I've seen a handful of movies with this book's premise but the book is written in a great way that is recognizable to those in the know and relatable to those who aren'tThe character are well written the relationships cliche This isn't a book that's going to stick with you but it a great selection for the sub genre


  9. Jonathan Jasinski Jonathan Jasinski says:

    A really entertaining read kept from 5 stars by a few deus ex machina sorta interventionsSpoilersPaul is a rich kid well youngish adultworking at his dad's company until a beatdown outside a bar convinces him he needs to toughen up and completely change his life He ends up doing steroids and training like a crazy personRob is the son of a poor boxing coach and has all the natural talent in the world but no passion for the sport I kinda wish Rob's lack of passion was made a bit clearer but you do get the idea well enoughPaul ends up in an illegal bout with Rob's uncle that leaves the uncle brain dead Rob wants to avenge his uncle beats Paul senseless then beats his hands to a pulp in a rage over how life goes He'll never fight againOverall I was well entertained horrified yet understanding of the characters and their motivations Once again I wish Rob were a bit fleshed out but maybe that's intentional he's like 16 he doesn't know himself yet either The book's message on fatherhood is magnificent subtle and poignant both fathers hurt their children by assuming their kids want what they want and having the two juxtaposed against each other works really really well They aren't monsters they aren't assholes they're not even necessarily bad fathers they just don't understand the human condition enough to see their sons' eagerness for things different from their own livesI only have two real complaints 1 The steroid binge scene is just a bit much In terms of both realism and the fact that Paul wasn't arrested Like idk it just feels kinda unnecessary and over the top The dude goes on an insane crime spree and gets away with it because of his rich father it's just not realistic to my mind2 The big deus ex machina is Paul's punch that fells Rob's uncle it's just kinda outta nowhere It's not really clear to me how Tommy gets so injured and it just feels kinda false The writing is so good through the rest of the book but then there's a lucky punch and the dude is close to death and that's it Like come on I saw this coming the whole story long and that's fine but you gotta sell it to me at least Tommy's a former pro Paul a man in his first fight that's an incredible amount of luck and an incredible amount of damage from one punch Maybe I missed it but I'll just fill in the blanks Tommy's head hit the cement floor or somethin? Just felt like the scene flew by and was incredibly unlikely anywaysThose uibbles aside Davidson can write real good and the deeper message is well done Great stuff much preferred to his Sarah Court Think of Fight Club but with much better writing and a less obvious message I'll definitely consider Davidson in the future


  10. Tommy Tommy says:

    I'm glad I bought this one a whimI bought this a long time ago and it sat in my Kindle and I stopped reading for a bit then I came back and started reading this again The writing is real raw and gripping As a fighter myself I felt a lot of it and laughed at some of the over the top stuff like snorting dbol You can kind of feel how it's going to end but I wouldn't say it's predictable inevitable I wish it were longer didn't want it to end


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The Fighter✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Fighter By Craig Davidson ✸ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk “Fans of Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh will relish the graphic fight seuences and gritty social commentary”— Rocky Mountain News “How to Allocate Your Free Time This Month Devouring Craig Davidso “Fans of Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh will relish the graphic fight seuences and gritty social commentary”— Rocky Mountain News “How to Allocate Your Free Time This Month Devouring Craig Davidson’s gruesome debut novel The Fighter”— Esuire “This is than a stunning debut It reminds me how vacuous banal and insipid most highly touted fiction is Craig Davidson asks—and answers—some big uncomfortable uestions about the nature of our humanity The Fighter is an essential novel destined for cult status at the very least”—Irvine Welsh “While the novel’s brutal fights will entice readers of other virile allegories like Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club Davidson’s story takes a nuanced realistic approach”— Kirkus Reviews Everything has been handed to Paul Harris the son of a wealthy southern Ontario businessman But after a vicious beating shakes his world he descends into the realm of hardcore bodybuilders and boxing gyms seeking to become a real man reveling in suffering Rob Tully a working class teenager from upstate New York is a born boxer He trains with his father and uncle who believe a gift like his can change their lives but he struggles under the weight of their expectations Inevitably these two young men’s paths will cross Craig Davidson was born in Toronto and now lives in Calgary Alberta He is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Rust and Bone which was published by WW Norton in the United States Penguin in Canada Albin Michel in France and Picador in the United Kingdom From the Trade Paperback edition.