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The Gloves

A Boxing Chronicle

Robert Anasi

North Point Press

In his last year of eligibility, Robert Anasi, age thirty-two, decided to fight in the Golden Gloves tournament, the premier event in amateur boxing. "The gym becomes a way of life," he explains, and so it does for the reader, as Anasi ushers us into the world of training and competition, of friendly rivalry, of artistry and violence. He tells his story not as a journalist on assignment but as a man in the midst of one of the great adventures of his life, and in his hands "a dying blood sport is reincarnated as a metaphor for redemption under flawed circumstances" (Nita Rao, The Village Voice).

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The Gloves
* 1 *A WAY OF LIFEThe gym becomes a way of life. Arrive on 14th Street at 5:30 P.M., and there might be a few fighters left from the first wave, the ones too young for day jobs, the ones who work odd hours or who don't work at all. You shake hands with your teammates (boxing culture requiring a certain formality) and take your gear into the bathroom. Off with the shirt, shoes, pants and, after a quick glance in the mirror to see how you're cutting up, on with the T-shirt, shorts and high-lace boxing shoes. Back in the gym, if no one else is around, Milton may be dozing. He lies on
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Praise for The Gloves

"A dying blook sport is reincarnated as a metaphor for redemption under flawed circumstances."--Nita Rao, The Village Voice

"Robert Anasi . . . can turn a phrase as clean as a neatly wrapped fist."--Stephanie Zacharek, Newsday

"As gripping as any Arctic chronicle . . . As the author's boxing skills increase he turns his attention to his sparring partners and fellow gym rats . . . and makes a rough lyric out of their hard lives."--The New Yorker

"[A book] as good as any I've read about the sport."--George Plimpton

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Fast, Cheap, and in Control
At the exact hour on February 12, 2012 that I was supposed to be ferrying the manuscript for The Last Bohemia to the FSG offices, I was puking into the toilet of my Greenpoint sublet. Dubious Chinese and sleep deprivation were to blame. After peeling my hands off the tile, I scrubbed my teeth, got dressed, and made my way to the subway. I felt like a human bruise.
- FSG's Work in Progress

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Robert Anasi

  • Robert Anasi has boxed in San Francisco and Munich as well as in the Golden Gloves Tournament. He lives by the East River in the warehouse district of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
  • Robert Anasi © Nadia Lesy
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The Gloves

A Boxing Chronicle

Robert Anasi

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