• The Fight

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-06-2016
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (4 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible "professor of boxing." The other was George Foreman, who was as taciturn as Ali was voluble. Observing them was Norman Mailer, a commentator of unparalleled energy, acumen, and audacity. Whether he is analyzing the fighters' moves, interpreting their characters, or weighing their competing claims on the African and American souls, Mailer's grasp of the titanic battle's feints and stratagems - and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism - makes this book a masterpiece of the literature of sport.
©1975 Norman Mailer. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and Faber and Faber Ltd. For permission to reprint an excerpt from The Palmwine Drunkard by Amos Tutuola (published by Faber and Faber Ltd. as The Palm Wine Drinkarct), © 1953 by George Braziller, © the Estate of Amos Tutuola. Reprinted by permission of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and Faber and Faber Ltd. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Marea on 19-06-2018

My first Mailer...

And I’m wondering why I’ve got to this age without him! A product of this time, his views reflect an era of masculine dominance and female subservience but put this aside to soak up his prowess and genius. Find yourself listening to pages over and over again for their beauty and power.
This book is truly artful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 15-09-2017

Masterfully written!!

Masterfully written, capturing Africa, the characters surrounding one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, and an era pre
Internet and mobile phone. Mailer seems to have fallen out of favour in modern times, but a fine craftsmen of the English language, seamlessly weaving narrative as rich in substance and colour as you would find in any where.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 01-08-2018

Narrator refers to himself in 3rd person.

So as the title states the author refers to himself in 3rd person. Really confused me for a bit! However, besides this an excellent book. I wanted to listen to something on Ali and this was rated as one of the top books about him. I was looking for a biography, and instead got this singular moment in a storied career. It was a suspenseful listen because I had no idea about the outcome of the “Rumble In The Jungle.” As others have states chapters 13-15 is some of the best sports writing you will ever read/listen to.

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By Brad on 17-11-2016

Worth the time to read or listen to

Of course I like the description of the fight most of all, but overall a good book. It helps people who don't remember the way George Foreman and Muhammad Ali actually used to be thought of before they got old. Before Foreman became a nice guy who sold grills, and before Ali became famous for his philanthropy and valiant battle with Parkinson's syndrome.

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