By Leonard Gardner
Fat City is a vibrant novel of allegiance and defeat, of the effective promise of the great lifestyles and the desperation and drink that waylay these whom it eludes. Stockton, California is the surroundings: the Lido gymnasium, the inn Coma, major road lunchrooms and dingy bars, days like lengthy twilights in homes obscured by means of untrimmed shrubs and black walnut timber. whilst males meet within the ring -- the retired boxer Billy Tully and the newcomer Ernie Munger - their short bout units into movement their hidden fates, starting up younger Ernie into the corporate of guys and luring Tully again into education. In a dispassionate and composed voice, Gardner narrates their swings of fortune, and the plodding optimism in their supervisor Ruben Luna, as he watches the main promising boys one after the other succumb to a couple undefined weak point; nonetheless, "There used to be consistently an individual who desired to fight."
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Feng said. " Tom brought the atomicar down on an avenue running along the river. Then he drove on into the Hauptstrasse, or main street. The narrow thoroughfare was crowded with traffic. Students whizzed by on motorcycles and motor scooters. Dr. Feng deposited his luggage at his private lodgings. Afterward, he guided the teen-agers around the Old University and New University. The latter, he said, had been built partly with American funds. "Actually, Heidelberg has no real campus. Its buildings are scattered all over town, on both sides of the river.
Bud retorted with a grin, eying the pretty female students who were lounging about the grassy courtyard of the New University with their books and friends. Sandy and Phyl were entranced as they strolled about the cobbled streets of the Altstadt, or Old Town, with its quaint baroque buildings. Dr. Feng showed his guests the ancient Gothic-style Church of the Holy Ghost. Then he glanced at his watch. " The professor took the teen-agers to an old medieval-looking tavern, where they ordered sandwiches.
Then he checked the telephone directory. No "J. Bascum" was listed. "That doesn't prove much," Tom pointed out. " Ames frowned and began pacing about the office. " Tom argued. " "I'll admit I can't answer that one," Ames said, "unless he has a confederate. Anyhow, let's check some samples of Crivet's-" He broke off to answer the telephone. Ames's face flushed with anger as he hung up. " Tom asked. "That was the operative who's been shadowing Crivet. " Tom glanced at the clock. Its hands showed 10:24.
Fat City (New York Review Books Classics) by Leonard Gardner