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  1. Fantastic collection of short stories about boxing. Interestingly enough "Million Dollar Baby" was not one of my favorites. It was good, but it was not as intriguing as the others in this collection. Maybe that's because I have seen the movie? But the characters actually felt really thin and the story felt rushed. It's odd to say but I really loved the introduction to the book. F.X. Toole is a pen name for long time boxer/trainer, Jerry Boyd. His experience in the ring shines throughout the enti [...]

  2. A damn fine book. I dig an author who can make me interested in topics I hadn't cared about. Of course you'll read this for "Million Dollar Baby", just don't sell yourself short by not sticking around for the rest.

  3. This is the book that contains the short stories Million Dollar Baby, from which the Oscar-winning movie was made, along with another short story, Frozen Water. The title novella, Rope Burns, is easily the most violent tale I have every read. If it was made into a movie, only Quentin Tarentino would be able to direct it. This book is not for everyone. Toole is articulate and well-spoken; the introduction, Member of the Fancy, had me at the proper use of pronouns. However, the stories are written [...]

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