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The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter [Format Kindle]

Craig Lancaster

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From the bestselling author of 600 Hours of Edward comes the story of a boxer and a sportswriter whose fates are inextricably linked.

Hugo Hunter, a would-be champion who never quite made it, is on his last legs. Thirty-seven years old, soft around the middle, and broke, he’s plummeted from his glory days of title fights to small-time bouts against brawlers and punks. Watching ringside for nearly twenty years has been Mark Westerly, a sportswriter who has struggled to keep a professional distance from the man whose life and career have become enmeshed with his own tumultuous trajectory. Hugo and Mark share a history that runs deep and has at times gotten ugly. As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him—and unburdens himself of long-held secrets regarding Hugo’s past. But can these two men, who’ve lived so long under the weight of their own tragedies, finally help each other find redemption?

Biographie de l'auteur

Craig Lancaster is the bestselling author of the novels 600 Hours of Edward, Edward Adrift, and The Summer Son, as well as the short-story collection Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure. For twenty-five years he worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers all over the country. He lives in Billings, Montana, where he does freelance editing and design work in addition to his fiction writing.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2203 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 299 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477825444
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (1 novembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Down isn't the same as out" 1 octobre 2014
Par C.R. Hurst - Publié sur
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Tired of the usual fare--young adult fiction and serials--offered by Kindle First lately, I decided to go out on a limb with my choice for this month, fully expecting that limb to break and my reading expectations to fall with it. Instead I found The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, a poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship and love, a wonderful surprise. Narrated by Mark Westerly, a world weary sports writer, the story concerns former Olympic boxer, Hugo Hunter who, at 37, has fought his last fight and now must reinvent himself.

What surprised me the most about the novel is how well its author, Craig Lancaster, reshapes what could have been Hollywood cliché. In fact, much of its plot resembles notable boxing movies: Rocky, Million Dollar Baby, Raging Bull, and even Requiem for a Heavyweight. Yet the story is not really about boxing--few words are devoted to the ring but those that are, are flinchingly realistic. The story is about how two men rebuild their lives after loss. And this theme is served well by the author's masculine style. Lancaster captures the friendship of Mark and Hugo with grit and earthy humor. I found The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter a refreshing change--I think you might too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Story About A Lifelong Friendship Between A Sportsreporter and a Boxer 2 octobre 2014
Par Dave Wilde - Publié sur
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"The last time I saw Hugo Hunter in the boxing ring was on a miserable Tuesday that pissed down freezing rain in Billings, Montana." That's how Craig Lancaster begins his latest novel, "The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter." He pretty much tells the whole story right there in the first line, but, as a reader, you know pretty much that he's got you hooked and you are not going to be able to wriggle off the hook till he gets you to the bitter end of this terrific novel.

Although the backdrop to this story is boxing, it is not primarily a sports story. Instead, it is a story about the nature of friendship and integrity and dreams. It's the story of a reporter (Mark Westerly) and a boxer (Hugo) who captivated the reporter who realizes that he got too close to the story some time between seeing Hugo "captivate the world as a seventeen-year-old and seeing him laid out on the canvas twenty years later." It is the story of the rise and fall of a young boxer who years later is reduced to fighting against nobodies and getting beat to a bloody pulp just to keep fighting. It's also the story of the reporter who stood by him through thick and thin while his own life crumbled about him.

This is no ordinary sports story because Lancaster captures the atmosphere of the boxing ring and the atmosphere of the oldtime newsroom better than almost anyone ever has. Hugo was the biggest sports star the town had ever seen and there was a time that you couldn't pick up a box of breakfast cereal without him staring back at you. What happened in the twenty years? What reduced Hugo to fighting nobodies on a Tuesday night? The narrator reminisces about how it all was back then.

As much as on the surface Hugo is the star of the story, the tale is just as much about the narrator, his failed marriage, his son, his life, as it is about Hugo and maybe the takeaway from that is that all stories are in some sense as much about the narrator as about the subject matter.

The writing is tight and you can feel the narrator's sarcasm like a razor, talking for instance about Schronet having the biggest night of his life beating Hugo and it was something he would tell his kids about "if any woman made the mistake of letting him father some."

The true mark of a good book that, when you finish it, you start looking up what else the author has crafted. This is that type of good book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's not just boxing! There's a love story. 7 octobre 2014
Par Whistlers Mom - Publié sur
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Welcome to Billings, Montana, where we step back in time sixty years. When the smokes were unfiltered Camels and boutique beer was just a bad joke. When men were men and women were bitter-sweet memories. For a while the only females in this story are Hugo's dead grandmother and Mark's long-gone ex-wife. Sixty years ago wasn't a great time for women. No wonder they didn't hang around.

PLEASE keep reading. It's 2014 and everyone has cellphones. Washed-up boxer Hugo Hunter thumbs through a women's magazine and takes a test on "self-awareness." He decides he doesn't have much and you can't argue with him. Hunter's life has been a train wreck, with one golden opportunity after another thrown away and every relationship strained beyond the breaking point. Desperate for money and too undisciplined to stick to a nine-to-five, he keeps boxing even at the risk of what health he has left. "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy" is what doctors call the brain damage suffered by boxers and football players who have repeated concussions. Hugo has a simpler way of expressing it: "This sport uses you up."

Narrator Mark Westerly is a sports writer whose professional and personal lives have been closely intertwined with those of Hugo Hunter since Westerly was a newly-minted reporter and Hunter was a seventeen-year-old phenom with a national amateur title and a ticket to the Olympics. His life hasn't had the spectacular highs and lows of Hugo's, but he's known plenty of disappointment and frustration and tragedy. He's a man who demanded a lot of himself, personally and professionally, and he feels that he has failed badly in both areas. He's losing hope for Hugo's future and has almost none for his own.

I honestly don't know why I read this book. I'm certainly not a boxing fan, It used to be called "the noble art" but I've never seen much nobility about it. Lancaster is a fine writer and this is a fine book. It's probably a "guy's book" and I HOPE I won't be the only woman to review it. If it encourages you to read it, I'll tell you that there's a love story and it's touching and believable and not the least bit syrupy. Frank Feeney, who coaches Hugo and becomes like a father to him, and Hugo's grandmother Aurelia are wonderful characters.

Mark Westerly takes his own sweet time growing up, but he gets there. And Hugo is a deeper, more subtle man than he first appears. He is, as Westerly says, "an interesting, engaging guy." He's flawed, but he's more than a dumb jock and the men who stick with him through good times and bad are more than jock-sniffers. Beneath the tough exteriors, all of these men are loving and (at least some of the time) responsible. Like old Frank says, " Everybody wants a happy ending." By the time you finish the book, you really want happy endings for Hugo and Mark.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 GRIPPING AND HARD-HITTING STORY! 2 octobre 2014
Par the GreatReads! - Publié sur
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The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster is a story of life’s setbacks, hope and redemption told through the perspective of Mark Westerly, who is a sportswriter, about the life and struggles of a boxer Hugo Hunter. It is the story of two vastly different individuals whose lives intertwined for better or worse. Hugo Hunter was once a promising boxer but he didn’t quite make it. Mark Westerly covers Hugo’s ups and downs for nearly twenty years, from the time he was a teenage Olympic hero.

But somewhere along the way Hugo Hunter’s life came apart at the seams and his life spirals out of control. The downward slide has been swift, and Hugo is reduced to fighting small-time bouts against unknown street punks for a quick buck. As Hugo struggles to get himself out of the mess, his fate is inexplicably interwoven with that of Mark Wesley and both find themselves struggling to come out of the darkness.

In this sad, touching and redemptive story of triumphs and heartbreak, losses and gains, hope and lamentations, bestselling author Craig Lancaster masterfully crafted a powerful saga of human failures and man’s doughty and spirited resourcefulness to overcome any obstacle that life throws his way. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, this story of a boxer and a sportswriter is one tale that many readers will greatly enjoy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting 6 octobre 2014
Par KKCDinFMSC - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Fascinating and interesting, absolutely yes; a page-turner, no.

This book is beautifully written with a surreal and esoteric (esoteric to me anyway) feel. I loved the writing style, and the characters are excellently drawn. A reader can't help but form an emotional attachment to both Hugo and the narrator, Mark.

In spite of the emotional attachment, or maybe because of it, about halfway through the book, these characters become a train wreck, and you can't not watch it happen.

This is an emotional narrative, poignant and sad. But nothing much happens. Focusing almost exclusively on reminiscences about past choices, lives, and glories, neither the narrator nor other characters experience much happiness or even genuine contentment in their present lives. At one point, our narrator even tells us, "Even so, I felt the inexorable pull toward the past." Indeed, no one seems able to put the past behind, and regret is their constant companion.

However, I did like the book in spite of the depression factor. Perhaps because of the boxing theme, I don't think it will have broad appeal for women, though. It may be more of a guy thing.
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