The Brave

by Robert Lipsyte | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0064470792 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingemmejowing of Cortland, New York USA on 2/22/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingemmejowing from Cortland, New York USA on Thursday, February 22, 2018
Sonny Bear ditches life on the Moscondaga Reservation helping in his uncle's auto part business and channeling his temper into amateur boxing fights for a trip to New York City, but stumbles right into a whole different conflict. He gets caught between a group of charming drug dealers and a cop who wants him to turn on his new-found friends. It's a delicate balance, and not something Sonny's rage can help him maintain. Sooner or later, he will have to find a way to harness his anger.

Despite being very character- and relationship-driven, this was a surprisingly fast, fluid read. The direct writing suits Sonny, who pushes through life at impatient speed, never content with what he has at the moment.

As someone with a bit of a temper, I found the portrayal here very interesting. Sonny's rage is not invalidated or treated as something he should be ashamed of, but something he can learn to control and use to his advantage. The harm it can do is not ignored, and we see him get into trouble both in the ring and in his day to day life on account of his anger, but it isn't treated like something that should be gotten rid of.

Journal Entry 2 by wingemmejowing at Trumansburg, New York USA on Thursday, March 01, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (3/1/2018 UTC) at Trumansburg, New York USA


Added to the Indigenous Peoples Box

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, March 11, 2018
I'm claiming this from the Indigenous Peoples bookbox.

Later: Very gritty, both in the personal-life details and in the worlds of boxing and of crime - but not without humor, and I appreciated the way Sonny Bear copes with his own flaws as well as the increasingly difficult expectations of others.

Makes an interesting compare-and-contrast with Million Dollar Baby, in which several of the stories - including the title tale - deal with people using boxing as a way to channel their anger, and/or to escape from underprivileged backgrounds.

Released 2 yrs ago (4/10/2018 UTC) at Panera Bread, 8 Spit Brook Rd. near DW Highway in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book near the boxing club next to Panera Bread; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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