By Norman Mailer
In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, African American boxers have been paid 5 million funds apiece to struggle one another. One was once Muhammad Ali, the getting older yet irrepressible “professor of boxing.” the opposite used to be George Foreman, who used to be as taciturn as Ali was once voluble. watching them was once Norman Mailer, a commentator of unheard of power, acumen, and audacity. even if he's examining the fighters’ strikes, reading their characters, or weighing their competing claims at the African and American souls, Mailer’s snatch of the mammoth battle’s feints and stratagems—and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism—makes this publication a masterpiece of the literature of game.
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He carried an encased fiddle in one hand. In the other he gripped a small bouquet, an offering to his hostess at some party to which we were both going. The boy was six feet tall or more and weighed . . at least 185 pounds. He was not fat but evenly larded all over, like a sleek, active seal. As a matter of fact, at this party he was pretty impressive for the first hour. Glib, though his English sounded like Dutch, perfectly at ease in meeting new people, bowing from the waist, he was never at a loss for a word or a topic.
Hendrik Willem’s diary also records a private dinner with British Ambassador James Bryce, author of The American Commonwealth. About this visit to Lord Bryce, who served in Washington from 1907 to 1913, he wrote, “He seems to have known everybody everywhere. I do not see how he keeps his information straight—if his mind is made like his library. Such a disorder. I never saw invitations of all sorts—cards of all sorts—despatches of all sorts— everywhere. D. 1500—lit the cigaret and then to extinguish the paper beat it against the stones of the mantelpiece.
On 22 June 1907, a son, Henry Bowditch was born; he would be known as Hansel or Hansje as a child and later as Hank. In a few weeks, Hendrik Willem was ordered to St. Petersburg, leaving his wife, newborn son, and mother-in-law behind in Poland. However, there was little of importance to report from Peter the Great’s canal-filled capital that summer, which fueled his unhappiness with 32 Va n L o o n his career. To his father-in-law, he explained that he had been suffering the last few months from “nervous headaches” and had been advised by a medical specialist to lead a quieter life.
The Fight by Norman Mailer