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Book by Plummer, William
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Since 1929 New York's Golden Gloves has been a leading amateur boxing tournament, grooming 22 pro champions. Plummer, a People magazine writer, immersed himself for a year in the East Harlem gym of trainer Mickey Rosario and his wife, where he trained alongside aspiring young boxers. He closely reports the stern but fond regimen run by the Rosarios. This somewhat parallels Timothy Hauser's The Black Lights ( LJ 11/15/85), which featured pro Billy Costello. Hauser's is the more effective narrative, but Plummer's book is an often revealing picture of the struggle of minority youth for success. Worthy of inclusion in boxing collections.
- Morey Berger, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Mickey Rosario and his wife Negra run the gym in East Harlem where Plummer ( The Holy Goof ) went to learn about the subculture of boxing. The Rosario gym trains boxers for the Golden Gloves, a 60-year-old New York amateur tourney that early on attracted Irish and Jewish contenders and now lures blacks and Hispanics. Plummer analyzes what gets the young men involved and reports their struggles. His writing is dazzling, with a fine sense of metaphor and a splendid ear for the vocabulary and rhythms of speech. He conveys the hopes of these youngsters, noting that they "denied themselves easy pleasures in quest of something bright and austere and symbolic of heroic endeavor."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Viking Adult, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0670803219
Book Description Viking Adult, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0670803219
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