GENTLEMAN JIM AND THE GREAT JOHN L. by Syd Hoff

GENTLEMAN JIM AND THE GREAT JOHN L.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hoff spruces up a page from heavyweight history, bringing a ""fat flabby"" John L. Sullivan, who has been spending ""less and less time training and more and more time eating and drinking,"" up against stalwart upstart Gentleman Jim Corbett--and you don't have to remember 1892 to guess the outcome. ""Sir, is that the best you can do?"" asks Corbett in an early round. When it's over, Boston Strong Boy Sullivan no longer boasts that ""All I have to do is look at them and they fall down""--but he ""wasn't too sorry. . . . There was still plenty to eat and drink."" With his focus on Sullivan and his money on Corbett, Hoff offers beginning readers a brisk change of pace.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1977
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan