The Pugilist at Rest Essay

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The Pugilist at Rest

By Gerard Chretien English:Vietnam
Prof: Morgan Shulz 2002

Judging from the other reviews, the awards, and multiple accolades Thom Jones's writings,
and "The Pugilist at Rest" in particular, have received, I am apparently in quite the
minority. But here goes: I found an inherent falseness and overwritten emotion throughout
the stories. Jones too often tells the reader what he/she should be feeling instead of
letting the reader respond sans prescription. Case in point: "I Want to Live!" The
son-in-law is the "good guy" (obviously the author -- tacky) who gives the dying woman
Schopenhauer to read and narcotic medication to ease the unbearable pain no one else will
even acknowledge. This revitalizes the woman in the extreme (I believe she thanks God for
her son-in-law at some point, which struck me as the author thanking God for the character
of himself as he portrayed himself in the story -- again, ooh, tacky). Obviously, Jones
digs Schopenhauer and through the character of the woman tells us that philosophy from
just the right guy will turn it all around for us as we are dying an excruciating death.
Please. This situation probably "actually happened" just this way in Jones's life, but it
doesn't mean the recounting of it reveals the truth. I also found technical medical error
in the description of the effect of certain drugs on the woman's pain. I have to
paraphrase re: the effect of methadone, something like "circles of orange orgasms
blossoming through her body." Methadone has a long half-life; taken orally, as in the
story, it would take a long time to take effect. Methadone works as a slow build toward
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