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The Abysmal Brute is a quick read, but it is under-appreciated in importance for Jack London fans. London critics seem to frequently concentrate on his “socialist” fiction or his “nature” stories. Sometimes lost in the discussion are novels that emphasize London’s interest in lonron, and the rise of the “superman.

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Jack the social reformer shows us the corruption of the boxing game. Jack the individualist shows us the superman, a boxer who grew up in the londo, can beat any fighter in the world in short order, and attends literary lectures an hour before the big fight and reads poetry in his spare time.

This seems to be London’s fantasy self, inflated to incredible proportions. Suspend disbelief and have fun with this one, and realize there are deeper issues beneath the fantasy coating.

Many of Jack London’s lesser known works are hard to come across today, and it is a shame, ,ondon many of them are also very good reads. I’ve read many of London’s works, but I had never heard of this boxing tome before coming across it.


There are very few novels that focus on the Jack Johnson timeframe of early boxing, in fact thsi is the first such novel I have read and it was a good solid story in a rather unique setting. I have never come across another novel like this, and while it is not London’s masterpiece, it is a very good read that deserves to be better known.

You will not regret taking up this novel! I thought the ending was a little unbelievable.

Author Jack London has better offerings. If you like abysmzl adventures, try American born author James Oliver Curwood. He wrote 32 novels dealing with adventure in the great north. It left me inspired and smiling. This is a great story. And it has a happy ending.

It takes place in Jack London’s boxing world in the early part of the 20th Century. Son of a fighter, the young man in question was raised in nack country.

He was jak, strong and raised by his father. He didn’t smoke or drink or carouse with women. He was just a country boy who loved the outdoors.

He had a pure heart but his father trained him to be a fighter. And, according to the story, lonxon the father was ailing, he sent for a reporter who specialized in boxing and sent the boy down to San Francisco in the reporter’s care to compete thhe the boxing ring.

The boy was an innocent but he easily defeated all his opponents. Eventually though he learned to not knock them out in the first moments of a fight. He learned to play to the audience. The reporter was his manager and made a lot of money on him. The boy, who was called the Abysmal Brute was still naive though. He didn’t know that fights were fixed. He also became enamored with a beautiful female reporter who he instantly fell in love with.

How it all turned out is the stuff of legends. I was indeed smiling at the perfect conclusion. And you will be too.

Karl Janssen Top Contributor: The Abysmal Brute is a boxing novel by Jack London, originally published in Over the course of his career, London wrote a handful of very good boxing stories. His gritty, naturalistic writing style is well-suited to the sport, and he always finds a clever way to approach the ring from an unexpected angle, never settling for the typically formulaic, underdog-overcomes-adversity-to-win-the-championship story line.

As London describes him, he may very well be the greatest boxer who ever lived. The son of a former champ, Young Pat is a proverbial “babe in the woods” who is brought out of the wilderness to embark on a big-city prizefighting career. This young Hercules of the forest has been blessed with a remarkable physical strength and prodigious natural brte that have been polished to brilliance under the tutelage of his father. A sensitive young man more disposed toward reading poetry than pugilism, Pat shows little enthusiasm for his new vocation.

Stubener, the lucky man chosen to manage this ultimate fighter, finds himself charged abywmal the difficult task of finding challenging opponents, while shielding the young man’s innocent eyes from the corruption and graft which pervades the entire system of abys,al promotion.


In addition abysmxl possessing an obviously profound knowledge of his subject, London exhibits a true love for boxing. His enthusiasm is infectious, even to the reader who otherwise cares little for the sport. The detailed, naturalistic descriptions of boxing matches, the people who fight them, and the combat strategy involved really creates the feeling of being in the ring with the contenders. The vivid realism is somewhat counteracted by the fact that London makes his hero into such a superman that his perfection defies believability.

On the other hand, with a little updating this book could easily be turned into a Hollywood movie where defying believability is commonplace. When compared to London’s other boxing stories, The Abysmal Brute is on a par with London’s other boxing novel, The Game, but not as londkn as his excellent short stories “A Piece of Steak” and londom Mexican,” which are far more dark and serious in tone.

Though loncon a sprinkling of London’s pet philosophical themes throughout the story–evolution, nature vs. The Abysmal Brute is a brief and entertaining read with enough unexpected turns in its plot to qualify it as a pleasant surprise. The paperback edition from Bison books features an introductory essay by Michael Oriard that puts the book into historical context and gives the reader a good picture of the aybsmal world of a hundred years ago.

Oriard also addresses the issue of whether or not London was a racist, and the role of race in boxing at the turn of the century. Jack London, after all these years, never let’s us down. As fast-paced as a ten-rounder.

A literary londoh to the boxing industry; makes one wonder what has changed from then to now. Regardless, London is the champion here. See all 7 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Bruye.

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