Fat City (New York Review Books Classics)
by Leonard Gardner
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In a recent T: The New York Times Style Magazine story extolling the virtues of boxing films (classic and contemporary), Benjamin Nugent points out that every example of the genre involves a comeback, against all odds. The protagonist pulls off an upset victory in the ring and lives to fight another day.
His point is well taken, and true for most pugilistic films, but he fails to mention one notable exception: John Huston’s 1972 film Fat City, based on the debut (and to this day only) book of the same name by Leonard Gardner.
Set in the sleepy central California town of Stockton, off the San Joaquin River delta, Fat City, originally published in 1969 and now being reissued by New York Review Books Classics, follows two amateur boxers: Billy Tully, a hard-drinking transient who is young by most standards but past
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