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The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter par [Lancaster, Craig]
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From the bestselling author of 600 Hours of Edward comes the story of two small-town characters whose fates are inextricably linked.

Hugo Hunter, a would-be boxing champion, is thirty-seven, soft around the middle, and broke—his glory days long gone. Raised by his beloved grandmother, he is rough around the edges but has a kind heart. Watching Hugo ringside for nearly twenty years, sportswriter Mark Westerly has struggled to keep a professional distance while he’s served alternately as Hugo’s friend, mentor, and conscience. As Hugo lands on the ropes again, Mark steps in to try to save him and, along the way, gets an unexpected second chance of his own when he meets the gentle and lovely Lainie.

In this moving tale of human folly and kindness, can two people who’ve lived so long under the weight of their pasts finally 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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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.
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting 6 octobre 2014
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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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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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It's well-written and the POV main character is pretty well developed 15 novembre 2014
Par K. Schwanz - Publié sur
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I have a mixed review on this. It's well-written and the POV main character is pretty well developed, but on the whole, I found the story a little boring. I kept waiting for some big drama or an "aha!" moment, but instead there were just a few small moments, and in the end, I didn't feel either of the men really changed much. A little more self-aware, yes, but not fundamentally different. I'd like to read some of the author's other work to see how they compare.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 that at times it's easy to forget that this is fiction and not a ... 18 octobre 2014
Par Ryan and Amber Myers - Publié sur
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I lost my faith in the power of the novel years ago. I won't say that Craig Lancaster has renewed that faith, but he has -- in keeping with one of the novel's major themes -- given me hope.

I'm usually wary of novels written in the first person because the narrators are often little more than filters for the action and aren't really actors themselves, not on a truly human level, anyway. But here the narrator, Mark Westerly, is a fully realized human being, as are all the characters in this book. So well realized, in fact, that at times it's easy to forget that this is fiction and not a memoir. The dialog Lancaster conjures from these characters strikes that perfect balance: real enough to be believable and fictional enough to be entertaining. And more than that, Lancaster performs the seemingly impossible time and again: his characters utter deep sentimental truths that feel genuine to the ear.

But now a confession. I read this book in a day and a half while spending the night in a hospital with one of my young children. And there's something very special about reading an entire novel in so short a time when there's little else to do but kill time between nurse visits. It makes me wonder if I would have finished this novel under normal circumstances because I could tell the novel was losing its energy in the middle (where most novels lose energy). The characters and dialog weren't losing energy, but the plot was slipping away with the end too far out of sight (hence the four stars instead of five). However, not finishing this book would have been as tragic as any number of the title character's squandered opportunities. Read this novel, but read it quickly, in long stretches, in a waiting room or on a long flight.

One more thing. I don't believe this novel is really about redemption, as so many have said, because even though both Mark and Hugo try repeatedly to redeem their pasts, they never truly succeed. What they experience is not redemption, but grace. And what makes this novel work so well -- what sets it apart -- is that not only does the grace offered to these characters feel genuine, but their acceptances of those acts of grace make you want to cheer.
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