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Abysmal Brute

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Abysmal Brute by Jack London tells the story of Pat Glendon, a boxer struggling to overcome his traumatic past and make a name for himself in the sports world. The novel explores themes of redemption, perseverance, and the impact of violence on the human psyche.

London's writing style is engaging and descriptive, drawing readers into the gritty world of boxing and the challenges faced by its athletes. The character development is strong, with Glendon's inner turmoil and external struggles portrayed in a compelling and realistic manner.

While the story is somewhat predictable at times, London's skillful storytelling keeps readers invested in Glendon's journey. The novel offers a raw and honest look at the brutal nature of boxing and the toll it takes on those who choose to pursue it.

Overall, Abysmal Brute is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged read that will appeal to fans of sports fiction and those interested in exploring the darker side of human nature. London's exploration of complex themes and well-drawn characters make this novel a standout in the genre.

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Young Pat Glendon is twenty-two years old, weighs two-hundred and twenty pounds, has never drunk alcohol nor tasted tobacco and knows little of city life. He’s all muscle, moves with cat-like grace and possesses great stamina and strength acquired from living natural in the wilds of northern California with his father. Young Pat is a natural at prize-fighting. In addition to his brawn he has speed and a natural instinct for the sport. His father, a former heavyweight prize-fighter himself, has trained Young Pat and believes it is time for the boy to take on the heavyweight world. But being in poor health, the elder Glendon enlists Sam Stubener of San Francisco to be the boy’s manager with instructions to protect the boy from the rottenness of the sport.

Jack London’s The Abysmal Brute is a story about naivete and natural athleticism against the brutishness and corruption of professional boxing, intertwined with a touching romance. This novel was twice made into movies: The Abysmal Brute and Conflict , the latter starring John Wayne as Young Pat Glendon.

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