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The Pugilist at Rest

Posted in Short Stories, Thom Jones. The Pugilist at Rest with tags , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Richard Farrell

Gripping story of life, from USMC Boot Camp, to Vietnam, to the boxing ring to the operating room.  Jones uses sharp but jarring time transitions to jump across several distinct phases of the narrators life.  The ability to cut between scenes without losing character (in other words the character felt consistent despite the time jumps) was stunning.   A gladiator, Schopenhauer, Dostoevsky and other mythic and real characters weave in and out of this story.