The Gloves

A Boxing Chronicle

Robert Anasi

North Point Press

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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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"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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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.
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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.

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The Gloves
A Boxing Chronicle
Robert Anasi

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
February 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865476523
ISBN10: 0865476527
5 9/16 x 8 11/16 inches, 344 pages
$28.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
February 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466800472
ISBN10: 146680047X
344 pages
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