Longtime MMA journalist Chad Dundas has written one of the great debut novels of 2016 in “Champion of the World.” Now, as a reader, you might wonder what a 474-page book about professional wrestling in the early 20th century has to offer you, and that’s a fair question. And the answer is “ Champion of the World ” isn’t just a historical fiction novel about wrestling; it’s a whole lot more than that. The novel is an engaging tale of carnivals, gangsters, bootlegging, race relations, decisions, deception, attempted redemption, tragedy and life. It’s a spectacular piece of writing, which even before publication was seeing Dundas compared to American greats such as Cormac McCarthy and Jim Thompson – and justifiably so. If you have doubts about the book, just read the first line: “The clowns came to get him when it was time for the hanging.” C’mon, tell me that doesn’t want to make you read on and find out just what’s going on in this book.
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