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Thrown In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters one a young prodigy the other an aging journeyman Acclaimed essayist Ker

  • Title: Thrown
  • Author: Kerry Howley
  • ISBN: 9781936747924
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in thIn this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas With penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture.Kerry Howley s work has appeared in The Paris Review, New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Slate, and frequently in Bookforum She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa s Nonfiction Writing Program.

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    1. Thrown? Should be called "Swoon". An annoying grad student who is really impressed with her own writing becomes a "spacetaker" for a couple MMA guys. Very meh. The prose is stilted and self-congratulatory. I found out about 2/3 of the way through the book that the narrator is a fictitious character, which explains the oddly implausible situations and interactions she describes. The narrator is apparently supposed to be annoying on purpose. She definitely accomplished this, so be sure to pick thi [...]


    2. I was drawn to this book by more than one sterling review AND by the unique topic -- it's about cage fighters (the MMA). Although I am not a fan of the sport and have never even watched a match, start to finish, I have seen some of the action on TV during "remote scans" and said to myself, "Jesus, but this is violent. And real. Nothing like the Championship Wrestling crap we watched as kids -- the choreographed performances."In this case, U. of Iowa MFA product Kerry Howley insinuates herself in [...]


    3. Quite a book.Full disclosure: I know Kerry Howley. In real life I suppose you'd have to say she and her husband are friends of friends. Before they moved away, I enjoyed chatting with her at parties once or twice. These days we're separated by distance, but in closer, if weirder, social proximity thanks to various apps and the diminished neuroticism, on my part at least, that comes with getting older and slowing down.So. I know her a little. I'd like to see her sell a bunch of books. Feel free t [...]


    4. I am very, very tired of MFA writing, the likes of which have become the pre-packaged bestsellers of the literary world. The sort of writing where intellectual pride weeps through every sentence, denying you the ability to forget that This Writer Got an MFA to even get a sense of plot. As these things go, this was a particularly noxious specimen. The self-absorption and flaunting of philosophy made this unreadable, however much I wanted to read the stories of MMA fighters. Is this fad of writing [...]


    5. The narrator is in Des Moines, Iowa, attending a conference on phenomenology. She tires of listening to a “balding professor stunningly wrong about Husserlian intentionality,” and goes off on her own to explore the conference facility. She sees a sign announcing the “Midwest Cage Championship.” For the rest of the afternoon she watches her first Mixed Martial Arts competition, a sport with which she has no experience and for which she has no vocabulary. “Sometimes the men were standing [...]


    6. Like Tom, I know Kerry Howley (though less well), but I'm glad to say that this work is a fascinating and well-executed work of fiction. Set mostly in Iowa, the narrator follows two different fighters around as a "spacetaker"— a member of each of their entourages, something between a friend and an observer. She experiences the magic of MMA fighting and sacrifices everything just to be immersed into the world of a subculture of masculinity. That last word, I suppose is what this book is actuall [...]


    7. This was an odd book. It's considered literary non-fiction even though the "author" is fictional. To me, this story is therefore fiction. The MMA fighters might be real, and their stories might be real, but I think that a fictional narrator makes it fiction. The concept of the book is that the narrator (Kit) is going through a PhD program in philosophy and doing a study on some sort of ecstatic out-of-body selflessness blah-blah-whatever. The first tenth of this book was really off-putting. Kit, [...]


    8. Kerry Howley's "Thrown" is a difficult book to assess. The reader gets near total access to the inner circles of two different MMA fighters on two totally different trajectories. However, the reader is taken into that inner circle by one of the most insufferable narrators ever to put words to a page. The narration is so over the top towards the end I couldn't decide whether Howley really is this obnoxious or if she was pulling some sort of Andy Kaufman type stunt.The book opens with Howley leavi [...]


    9. I always round down, so this is really 3.5 or even 3.75 stars. Just because I feel like I should say something based on friend's reviews: I know Kerry Howley('s name.) Okay, I only know OF Kerry Howley, although I'm sure we've probably been at the same Halloween party at some point in the past decade or something. You tend to root for someone in your social sphere, however tenuous your link. That said, I legitimately liked this book. Set in Iowa, Howley speaks to my roots. I also happen to have [...]


    10. If this is experimental literary non-fiction (whatever that is), then I'm not a fan. The fictional narrator is relentlessly annoying. The writing doesn't flow, it's as though she threw some word tiles up in the air and then made sentences based on how they landed. I kept thinking of the Wolcott Gibbs quote, "Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind." I am a casual MMA fan and respect fighters in general but this depiction makes both of the subjects appear petty, delusional, irrational, perha [...]


    11. To me, it read less like a book and more like someone telling you just how smart they are. Smug, condescending, with superfluous arrogant autobiographical tidbits, it had a couple moments but.



    12. I've been watching MMA for so long that I remember renting an early UFC on VHS at the same place I use to rent Super Street Fighter 2 on the Sega Genesis because it was neon green. I popped that tape in and the first thing that came to mind was that it looked like the fucking kumite from Bloodsport, it looked unreal. It was fascinating. And while I've never been a fanboy of mma, I've always dug it, like boxing, but somehow purer. Thrown is cool because it starts off with the least likely person [...]


    13. It figures that it would take a columnist from a libertarian magazine to get me to be fascinated by MMA. Or CM Punk. One of the two, but, either way, Thrown was not previously down my alley and ended up being one of the better "nonfiction" reads I've taken in of late.To call it a book about mixed martial arts isn't really fair, because there's not a lot about MMA here. Granted, there's information about some of the wrinkles, and the book does assume some basic knowledge, but this is less about c [...]


    14. A conversation about this book at my Thanksgiving dinner table devolved into a debate about the definition of "creative nonfiction," but I maintain that this is a fine example of the form.For years I have been in search of narratives about mixed martial arts and so far have found only memoirs written by non-writers and erotic romances. I was thrilled to read this literary depiction of the sport.The "creative" part of this nonfiction is that the narrator is "fictitious," but the fighters she foll [...]


    15. I'm very torn about this book.Five stars: its immersion into this world, and its intimacy and observation of these two fighters. It really will ruin other books on the topic: it's so accomplished in both its observation and expression, and is so clearly the result of immersion.fewer stars: I really don't get, for me as a reader, much out of "Kit". I was not interested in a fictional entity parading through this reality; I did not find her "phenomenological investigation" interesting; worst of al [...]


    16. An eccentric narrator with a fetish for MMA fighters and philosophic erudition attaches herself to two fighters like a barnacle to a 4- masted sailing vessel.Interesting in its depiction of the Spartan way and the epistemological rumination over the sacredness of the Octagon, Howley is droll. Droll in her remembrances of the hapless, beaten Sean with his troubled baby-mama life and droll in her depiction of Eric, the zen like savant of the new fighting creed.Written as part anthropology, part ch [...]


    17. I was just going to give this four stars and skip the review until I saw how many other reviewers gave Thrown middling to low ratings without grasping that Kit and Kerry Howley are not the same person; that maybe there are reasons why Kit's narration is grating and her actions are strange; and so forth.


    18. Inherently interesting characters and story, but Howley focuses primarily on who is - or is not - an authentic member of the cage fighting community in an effort, presumably, to justify her own fetishizing of fighters. Her understanding of cage fighting and of athletics remains shockingly poor. While her commentary can appear convincing due to her exceptional talent as a writer, it is entirely lacking in truthful insight to anyone that has even a cursory understanding of the sport. I wanted to l [...]


    19. Not sure what to make of this one. The writing was very strong at times, but the "narrator" was so annoying the text was difficult to wade through. I ended up skimming a lot. Other reviewers say the narrator is "fictional" but I missed that confessions. All that bullcrap about ecstasy without any mention of hormones of physiological basis -- there is a well known spectator effect in sports, but these simple facts are buried under the weight of philosophical nonsense. The narrator (and thus unfor [...]


    20. Great bookI liked this book from beginning to end and wanted the story to continue on. As someone affiliated with Hard Drive for the last 2 years, I know many of the players. However it was insightful to see the evolution of the individuals and the gym. Loved it!



    21. Philosophy grad student discovers life outside her preposterous cloister and embarks on class tourism. Surprised she doesn't study sculpture at St. Martin's College.




    22. First off I want to say that I was really excited to read this book. I bought over 20 books to start off the new year and I picked this one to read first because I was that excited. So, I gave it a fair shot. That being said, there are SO many problems with this book. First of all, the writing is atrocious. It's terribly awkward and not in a "I'm respecting the character's voice"-way, it's just difficult to follow which doesn't make sense because whatever shortcomings the narrator may have, she [...]


    23. Thrown by Kerry Howley is an odd book. I'm not exactly sure how I ended up hearing about it. I think it might have been on a 2014 best nonfiction list of some sort. But either way it was a nonfiction book that dealt with mixed martial arts. Now I would consider myself a casual fan of MMA. I will watch fights every now and then but if it wasn't for my brother's interest in MMA I would not be as interested as I am even as a casual fan. But when I was in college I found myself watching a lot of the [...]


    24. This is a very weird little gem of a book that I feel lucky to have found. Kerry Howley is a philosophy grad student who finds herself annoyed by her colleagues at a post-conference cocktail party. "Having nothing to do in Des Moines beyond explore Husserl with non-smokers who did not understand him," she wanders the city, eventually discovering a rather down on its heels mixed martial arts competition. She enters with the desire to experience nothing more than a curing of boredom -- "this inter [...]


    25. This is, on its surface, a pondering of the nature of ecstasy (in the philosophical sense, meaning to stand outside oneself) as revealed by mixed martial art fighting; this is a philosopher talking about two UFC-type dudes, basically. It was engaging enough that I wanted to find out what happened to the guys. It’s also an interesting concept in and of itself at some level; she describes one philosopher’s idea of thrownness as “the poignant sense of having been hurled into the world without [...]


    26. Although I struggled to get through the first 50 pages or so of this book once I hit my stride there was no going back. Thrown is being described as "experimental non-fiction" (although surely the semi-fictional narrator is a device with a long and illustrious lineage - sorry, lit grad moment) Kerfuffles over genre aside this is the compelling story of one woman's journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts. The narrator - philosophy grad student, Kit - stumbles across the sport and quickly ins [...]


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