Pale Wire (Popscene)

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Knockout


As my winter break book binge continued on today, I put aside the three books I'd been wading through and devoured Thom Jones' short story collection, The Pugilist at Rest.

War, sex, death, rock music, boxing, existential philosophers -- this book has it all!

Written in a brisk, conversational tone, Jones' stories bristle with life. None of the stories hit me as hard as the title piece from his sophomore collection Coldsnap but they still pack plenty of punch. It joins the short list of books that I've read in one day.

If you like Raymond Carver or Ernest Hemingway, this guy is for you.