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Robert Lipsyte: ONE FAT SUMMER. 1991 Harper Keypoint. 234-sivuinen nidottu yhdysvaltalainen kirja, kannessa hankaumaa ja kannen reunoissa pientä kulumaa (ks. kuva), muuten ehjä ja siisti, ei merkintöjä. (Teosta, kuten muitakaan Robert Lipsytin teoksia, ei ole saatavissa suomeksi.)

Robert Lipsyte (born 1938 New York) is an American sports journalist and author. He has been a prizewinning sportswriter for New York Times, a controversial cityside columnist for The New York Post and the host of the late-night talk show, The Eleventh Hour, for several years.

As a boy, Lipsyte did play Chinese handball against the sides of brick buildings and participated in street games such as stickball, but he felt acute pressure to excel at sports which discouraged his interest. This experience later developed into a major theme in some of Lipsyte’s nonfiction works such as SportsWorld and novels like Jock and Jill (1982) and his trilogy One Fat Summer (1977), Summer Rules (1981) and The Summerboy (1982). The protagonist of the trilogy, Bobby Marks, is similar to Lipsyte: Bobby is an adolescent in the 1950s, suffering from a weight problem, who does something about it. In 1952, Lipsyte took a summer job as a lawn boy and lost forty pounds, ridding himself of the youthful stigma of excess weight.

 

 

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