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Champion of the World characters ½ 108 ✓ ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Champion of the World Author Chad Dundas – In this stunning historical fiction debut set in the world of wrestling in the 1920s a husband and wife are set adrift in a place where everyone has something to hide and not even the fights can be ta In tAking on all comers in nightly challenge bouts But when he and his cardsharp wife Moira are marooned in the wilds of Oregon Pepper accepts an offer to return to the world of wrestling as a trainer for Garfield Taft a down and out African American heavyweight contender in search of a comeback and a shot at the world titleAt the training camp in rural Montana Pepper and Moira soon realize that nothing is wh. I'm a sucker for a sports story so when I saw this title on the shelf at the library I grabbed it checked it out and opened it up without reading any book jacket blurbs reviews nothing And what a surprise A just barely fictionalized story about the humble beginnings of what we now call professional wrestling The twists and turns of the story and of the lead characters Mr and Mrs Van Dean he is a carnival wrestlerstage artist and she is a card dealergambler works beautifully Unfortunately Chad Dundas throws in a side story about prohibition and for me he fails to pull the stories together successfully So five stars for this great and enlightening sports story but just three stars for the prohibition side story resulting in my four star review And so far this year this is my favorite historical fiction novel

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At it seems not Taft the upcoming match or the training facility itself With nowhere to go and no options left Pepper and Moira must carefully navigate the world of gangsters bootlegging and fixed competitions in the hope that they can carve out a viable futureA story of second chances and a sport at the cusp of major change Champion of the World is a wonderful historical debut from a new talent in fictio. Near this book's end one of its pivotal characters asks the uestion What's left for me anywhere I wonder Having read I think every piece of published fiction by Chad Dundas that uestion is like the negative space in his work The thing everything hinges on The theme I guess All of his characters seem to grapple with it pun unavoidable to some degree But it's never boring never repetitive That's because Chad Dundas is a damn good writer who's got a firm grip on what makes real lifereal Whether he's writing about a deer trapped in a kitchen or a wrestler with a gold tooth lodged in his finger or a fictional historical account of wrestling's evolution at the hands of pop culture what's on display isn't any of those things not really It's characters navigating real lifeI loved this book

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Champion of the WorldIn this stunning historical fiction debut set in the world of wrestling in the s a husband and wife are set adrift in a place where everyone has something to hide and not even the fights can be taken at face value Late summer Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean has spent Champion of MOBI #221 the past two years on the carnival circuit performing the dangerous “hangman’s drop” and t. I see less and less novels these days written in the third person POV and in linear order; in fact I now relish the contemporary books with original construction However Dundas’s debut novel is a classic testament to the omniscient point of view novel with a direct successive storyline It adds background and backstory with fluent ease gathering suspense and character development along the wayTaking place mostly in rural Montana in the early 1920s the age of the Volsted Act the story follows Pepper Van Dean a former lightweight wrestling champ of the world and his efforts to train an African American heavyweight class wrestler who desires to fight the current white champion something unheard of in those times The contender Garfield Taft like Van Dean went from rags to riches to rags but Taft’s mildly eccentric immature and arrogant temperament antagonize Pepper’s scientific approach to wrestling Moreover Taft has a long suffering white wife with dark secretsThe intriguing opening line lured me in immediately “The clowns came to get him when it was time for the hanging” It eventually leads into Pepper Van Dean’s current status as a circus act as “Master of the Hangman’s Drop” and soon introduces us to his card shark loving wife Moira The events that led them to nomadic second class circus jobs are explained gradually with a few choice facts revealed selectively and serve to heighten the tension in the story After Pepper makes an agreement to train Taft he looks to the future but the past is still on his heelsDundas has superb control over his characters and story and as I continued to read his confident lean succulent prose and his taut narrative I knew I was in the hands of a solid storyteller whose writing skills combined a command of craft artistic talent and creative finesse Even his setting and descriptions are vivid metaphors to the story As Pepper approaches Butte Montana “The town sat out there like a coiled snake sunning itself on a rock a murky industrial haze scuffing up the sky”I was thoroughly gripped by the story of Pepper Moira Garfield Taft and his wife And I was installed in the era of end stage real world wrestling and the oncoming age of fixed matches; bootleggers; gangsters; gamblers; circus acts; and poker players “One of the best rules to know Only play fair when you’ve got the best hand”