It is a short novel, and could be regarded as a novelette. It first appeared in September in Popular Magazine. In the story, a successful boxer, who was brought up in a log cabin and knows little of the real world, begins to realize the corrupt practices in the game of boxing. Sam Stubener, a boxing manager in San Francisco, travels to a remote log cabin in northern California on getting a letter from retired boxer Pat Glendon, who lives there with his son, Pat Glendon Jr, a promising young boxer. Pat Jr fights well; otherwise, he knows little of city life; he hunts and fishes in the forest, he reads poetry and avoids women. Sam brings Pat Jr back to San Francisco.

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Get A Copy. Paperback , 72 pages. Published January 9th by Wildside Press first published More Details Original Title. San Francisco, California United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Abysmal Brute , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews.

Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Abysmal Brute. Of course I knew Jack London wrote about the North. And I also knew he had written about the South Seas, and at least one hilarious play, a journal of his own ocean voyage with his wife, a science fiction novella, and many social commentaries disguised as entertaining stories. But when I was looking for a London piece to add to my Spinner's Wheel reading list and saw this title, I was surprised to see that the subject was the sport of boxing.

Jack London wrote about boxing?! And here I thought I knew all about this author! A manager receives a letter from an old-time boxer, asking him to come see the young son who the old-timer had trained and knew for certain could knockout anyone at any time.

Old Pat Glendon had raised his boy in the wild woods, kept him innocent of nearly everything, but also trained him in his own sport, perhaps hoping to change the hard-luck legacy of his own career. Old Pat and the manager make a deal, signed a contract, and Young Pat gets taken to San Francisco; with the manager's assurances to Old Pat that the youngster will be completely protected and insulated from the dirty, corrupted underbelly of the sport.

Would that be possible in a sport as crooked as boxing was at the time? On a side note, I wonder how much of what is told about here still goes on today? Meanwhile, how will Young Pat deal with his new life's work? Will he ever realize what is going on around him?

Or will he remain the almost ridiculously naive country bumpkin who never speaks to reporters, is too shy to talk to women, and at first glance seems to be nothing more than an overgrown country boy with nothing but cotton wool between his ears?

Did the nickname the reporters tacked onto him describe him accurately? Was he "The Abysmal Brute", or was he actually much much more? This story started swinging in the first chapter and ended with a knockout punch that was slightly unbelievable and yet fit the plot and the character completely.

Great stuff, and I think I will go explore London's author pages at Gutenberg and make a list of the other titles where he writes about topics that I don't usually associate with him. I can see now that I still have a lot to learn about one of my favorite authors! I found this book on the sidewalk on my way home from work. It's a super quick read. It's a magnificent story. I kept waiting for some sort of grand tragedy or other complete nonsense to ruin the whole thing, but it never happened.

Good to the end. Loved it! High school English teachers, why don't you make the kiddies read this one? So good! Jul 19, Sidik Fofana rated it it was amazing. View all 4 comments. Jul 24, Rumell Khan rated it it was amazing. It found this book in my local library after school.

It is easy to read and very understandable. It's a brilliant story. I is all heartbreaking and makes you understand the awful tragedies. However the pain did not appear until the very end. It is definitely a material for secondaries. You can pick a lot of language and structure which makes it very interesting. This book is aimed definitely at ages Feb 12, Steve Martin rated it it was amazing.

A clever twist on the more predictable story arc of an ingenue being chewed up and spat out by a cruel sport and an unscrupulous manager. In this story, the innocent country boy is the one who spits out the sport his boxer father trained him up for.

Throughout the tale, there is a curious passivity about the hero who just goes along with whatever other people want of him. It is only when he reaches the higher levels of boxing and has to make an actual effort in the ring that he also begins to ta A clever twist on the more predictable story arc of an ingenue being chewed up and spat out by a cruel sport and an unscrupulous manager. It is only when he reaches the higher levels of boxing and has to make an actual effort in the ring that he also begins to take control of his life outside of it.

The plot and characterization may read a little thin, but this is Jack London and should be read as a fast-moving, fun-to-read tale. I knew nothing of this book.

London was a strange character. Boxing is a different game today, in terms of preparation and presentation, from the game that London describes years ago. I am in no position to determine if London's claims then were true or if they still hold today. This is little more than an outline though. The story arc is not really completed. More a sketch than a novel. Still, there is a readability of London that is refreshing.

A Gutenberg online copy was my source. I read I knew nothing of this book. I read this on a Kindle. That is the way I am going if there exists copies for what i want to read. Worth a look. A short but fun read! Shelves: boxing , classic , and , general-fiction. Just as the main character in this book - many boxers may be considered naive and many more may have lived lives that led them to be manipulated by promoters.

Boxers suffered some of the biggest travesties and alienation in New York for the fifty years before Jacks story was written. Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book Jack London had a handle on the boxing industry as he was a boxer from San Francisco alongside Abe Attell the Feather Weight Champion of the World. Yes even the first boxing movie was filmed shortly before this book was published which was around the same time of the temporary relaxing of New York boxing laws This manipulated the public into thinking that the end of the bare-knuckled boxing brought about a safe sport with the gloves.

And while it's true that boxing and storytelling have been inextricably holding each others hands into the past I cannot assume that this will continue to be the case. What then will be the UFC's legacy.


The Abysmal Brute

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Published, May, [ 1 ] [ 3 ]. Sam Stubener ran through his mail carelessly and rapidly. As became a manager of prize-fighters, he was accustomed to a various and bizarre correspondence. Every crank, sport, near sport, and reformer seemed to have ideas to impart to him. From dire threats against his life to milder threats, such as pushing in the front of his face, from rabbit-foot fetishes to lucky horse-shoes, from dinky jerkwater bids to the quarter-of-a-million-dollar offers of irresponsible nobodies, he knew the whole run of the surprise portion of his mail. But this morning he opened a letter that he read a second time, put away in his pocket, and took out for a third reading. It was postmarked from some unheard-of post-office in Siskiyou County, and it ran:.

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