Sunday You Learn How to Box

Sunday You Learn How to Box Fourteen year old Louis Bowman is in a boxing ring a housing project circa fighting just to get to the end of the round Sharing the ring is his mother Jeanette Stamps a ferociously stubborn wom

  • Title: Sunday You Learn How to Box
  • Author: Bil Wright
  • ISBN: 9780684857954
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fourteen year old Louis Bowman is in a boxing ring a housing project circa 1968 fighting just to get to the end of the round Sharing the ring is his mother, Jeanette Stamps, a ferociously stubborn woman battling for her own dreams to be realized his stepfather, Ben Stamps, the would be savior, who becomes the sparring partner to them both and the enigmatic Ray AFourteen year old Louis Bowman is in a boxing ring a housing project circa 1968 fighting just to get to the end of the round Sharing the ring is his mother, Jeanette Stamps, a ferociously stubborn woman battling for her own dreams to be realized his stepfather, Ben Stamps, the would be savior, who becomes the sparring partner to them both and the enigmatic Ray Anthony Robinson, the neighborhood hoodlum, in purple polyester pants, who sets young Louis s heart spinning with the first stirrings of sexual longing Bil Wright deftly evokes an unrelenting world with quirky humor and clear eyed unsentimentality.

    One thought on “Sunday You Learn How to Box”

    1. Extremely dull, dry and boring. No real story, much of the book added nothing to what little plot there was, and the characters were dull and lifeless. Their actions were often inexplicable and/or contradictory. I only read this because of all the great reviews it got; I don't feel that it came close to living up the reviews.

    2. SNAPSHOT:Louis Bowman’s conversational first person narration details how he survives the projects, his casually cruel stepfather, and neighborhood bullies–all while coming into his own as a young gay man of color in 1960s Connecticut. Like a soft love-song melody, Louis’ story, snatched up and brushed off for a reprinting with a new publisher, will stay with readers long after they’ve heard it.Because he was more of a sensitive kid, interested more in reading and listening to his mother [...]

    3. Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman lives his life from round to round in Bil Wright's Sunday You Learn How to Box.Wright tells the poignant tale of Louis' battles with his alcoholic mother and with his violent stepfather - both ending tragically, making it all seem starkly realistic. Wright's simplistic writing takes his readers into the mind of a young teen-ager, exposing emotions and urges.In this, Wright's first novel, he gets to the heart of his story while giving minute details, heightening the [...]

    4. Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman lives his life from round to round in Bil Wright's Sunday You Learn How to Box. Wright tells the tale of Louis' battles with his alcoholic mother and with his violent stepfather, which both ending tragically, making it all seem realistic. Wright's easy to read writing helps his readers gage into the mind of a young teen-ager, exposing emotions and urges. Although family troubles are bringing Louis’s reputation lower and lower, he fights to win attention from the [...]

    5. As the story opens Ben Stamp, troubled Louis Bowman’s stepfather has just died following a family row. It had seemed that Ben might have given Louis the means to overcome all his problems by teaching him how to box, but now that it’s just him and his mother and Louis retells his difficult life so far and on going events as they unfold. Louis is different from other boys and suffers the consequences, being the target of bullying. He is also embarrassed that he responds to and enjoys the physi [...]

    6. Wright, Bil / Sunday you learn how to boxScribner 2000Louis bowman is a sissy, he knows it, his mom knows it and so do the kids in his neighborhood, and they remind him of it with daily beatings.Louis lives with his mother, step father Ben, and little sister in public housing project in a Connecticut suburb of New York City.The beatings he gets from the neighbor kids prompts his mother to make him take boxing lessons every Sunday from his step father, who uses these opportunities to knock Louis [...]

    7. Set in 1968, in the projects. Louis is 14 years old, living with his mom and step-dad. His mom dreams of moving out of the projects someday. His step-dad is lazy and mean. Louis is just a teen trying to figure things out, including friendship and his own sexuality. One of the most interesting characters is Anthony Robinson, the neighborhood "hoodlum" who dresses in purple polyester pants - and catches Louis' eye

    8. This was a charming, but at times sorrowful, story about a young black boy who didn't fit in at home, in his neighborhood, or at school, who is experiencing his first crush. This bright young man, because of his inability to be "normal," was seen as a problem by this mother and others. Masterfully written, Bil Wright spins a tale of longing and love.

    9. i read this years ago and remember loving it. it's on my book shelf, and i just glanced at it when realizing i should probably add a book to my account.i barely remember what actually happens, so i should probably reread it to see if this rating holds. in any case, i now have (1) book in my account as opposed to (0).

    10. It's the at 1960s and 14 year old Louis is trying to figure out how to live with a mother and stepfather with problems of their own and the awareness that he will never be the boy either of them think he should be.Bil Wright knocks it out of the park!Please read!

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