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Ebook The Knockout Artist by Harry Crews read! Book Title: The Knockout Artist
The author of the book: Harry Crews
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Edition: Harpercollins
Date of issue: April 1st 1989
ISBN: 0060915749
ISBN 13: 9780060915742
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 754 KB

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Probably Crews' best work. And the setup for the story couldn't be any better -- a boxer whose only skill is knocking himself out. The opening sequence alone is worth it for this book.

I'd put this one above A Feast of Snakes, if for no other reason than Crews' natural tendency towards misogyny, which runs rampant in AFoS, is tampered down here because of the well crafted characters. Jake serves as a natural foil for Charity, whose, for lack of a better term, 'using' of Eugene (and anyone else she can get her claws on) sets up the downward spiral that leads to the book's climax. Along with the boxer Jacques, Jake winds up being one of Euguene's few trustworthy friends, even replacing his longtime friend Pete (the man who first ended Eugene's boxing career). Both Pete and Charity wind up betraying Eugene in their own ways. In spite of the end results, Crews, surprisingly ends the book on a high note -- a final comment on devotion and friendship.

One other thread I kept thinking about as I read the book: you can almost read it as a parody of a writer's career, or even Crews' parodying his own literary life. After all, what better way to portray a struggling writer who never quite hit the big leagues and often regretted his status in the literary world than a down-and-out boxer who is only capable of knocking himself out. As Crews himself stated:

"I used to dream when I was as old as twenty-five or twenty-six that one of my novels (of course I'd written four novels by that time which had been rejected), I used to dream while I was asleep this tremendous joy and celebration and the rest of it and then wake up literally humiliated, crushed, depressed, stricken that I was still where I was."

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Ebook The Knockout Artist read Online! Harry Eugene Crews was born during the Great Depression to sharecroppers in Bacon County, Georgia. His father died when he was an infant and his mother quickly remarried. His mother later moved her sons to Jacksonville, Florida. Crews is twice divorced and is the father of two sons. His eldest son drowned in 1964.

Crews served in the Korean War and, following the war, enrolled at the University of Florida under the G.I. Bill. After two years of school, Crews set out on an extended road trip. He returned to the University of Florida in 1958. Later, after graduating from the master's program, Crews was denied entrance to the graduate program for Creative Writing. He moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he taught English at Broward Community College. In 1968, Crews' first novel, The Gospel Singer, was published. Crews returned to the University of Florida as an English faculty member.

In spring of 1997, Crews retired from UF to devote himself fully to writing. Crews published continuously since his first novel, on average of one novel per year. He died in 2012, at the age of 78.

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