Raging Bull: My Story

Meet Jake La Motta thief, rapist, killer Raised in the Bronx slums, he fought on the streets, got sent to reform school, and served time in prison Trusting no one, slugging everyone, he beat his wife, his best friends, even the mobsters who kept the title just out of reach But the same forces that made him a criminal fear, rage, jealousy, self hate, guilt combined withMeet Jake La Motta thief, rapist, killer Raised in the Bronx slums, he fought on the streets, got sent to reform school, and served time in prison Trusting no one, slugging everyone, he beat his wife, his best friends, even the mobsters who kept the title just out of reach But the same forces that made him a criminal fear, rage, jealousy, self hate, guilt combined with his drive and intelligence to make him a winner in the ring At age twenty seven, after eight years of fighting, he became Middleweight Champion of the World, a hero to thousands Then, at the peak of success, he fell apart and began a swift, harrowing descent into nightmare Raging Bull, the Bronx Bull s brutally candid memoir, tells it all fights, jails, sex, money surpassing, in hard hitting prose, even the movie that immortalized it.
Raging Bull My Story Meet Jake La Motta thief rapist killer Raised in the Bronx slums he fought on the streets got sent to reform school and served time in prison Trusting no one slugging everyone he beat his wife

  • Title: Raging Bull: My Story
  • Author: Jake LaMotta Peter Savage Joseph Carter
  • ISBN: 9780306808081
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Raging Bull: My Story”

    1. A remarkably good book about a remarkably bad man. I've heard it said that you wind up rooting for LaMotta by the end of the book. I did not have that reaction. I disliked him the entire time - a thief, murderer, rapist, wife beater is not exactly a sympathetic figure. But the memoir is brutally honest (if at times self-pitying) and well-written. The story is a compelling look at the self-loathing and masochism that drove LaMotta to become one of the greatest boxers of all-time (and one of the f [...]

    2. Very intense. This is one of my favorite books. To state the obvious:There is a movie based off of it with the same name and the movie followed this book closely. But, I kind of wish the movie had included the character "Pete" instead of molding Joey & Pete together Anyway this was hard to put down. Glad he didn't hold back too much on the details of what went down in his life and it wasn't one of those "pity me" stories. I'm being vague about the details here. If you like the sport of boxin [...]

    3. This is a fascinating book, in that its story is the Ur-Text for the Scorcese film, as well as being a classic in its own right as an a boxing book and a book on different levels, structures, groups & institutions of power as they play their parts in LaMotta's quest for power in the ring. The film turns the story into a Catholic allegory which transforms the Raging Bull from the realization that "I'm not an animal" into the Man of the Theater and Language who goes on stage to recite poetry b [...]

    4. I got this book from the SF library and to be honest, I'm like a little afraid to touch it. Like picking it up with my thumb and index finger like with my hand in the o.k. sign, but it's not o.K. because this book just looks filthy. Not unlike it hasn't been sitting in the back of an aspiring boxer or two's locker underneath their gloves, and crusty, sweat crusted warm-ups. Maybe a jock-strap? Boxers must wear some sort of protective device on their jewels. Of course most boxers probably wouldn' [...]

    5. I read this book back in high school, and the story and the writing are gripping, and made me want to be a writer. You can smell the diapers boiling in the tentaments, you can feel the pain of the poverty, the violence of relationships, and then of course there is the boxing. The movie might be a classic, but this book, like most books movies are based on, is superior to the screenplay.

    6. An autobiography whose brutality matches the author's fights with Sugar Ray Robinson. Many sports writers have said they can watch the movie version only once, and can't add it to their list of greatest sports movies. This list would include most people working for ESPN.

    7. Great book (and brilliant film). I expected to dislike La Motta, but as it progresses you end up rooting for the guy.

    8. The basis for the movie starring Academy Award winner Robert Deniro. The movie tracks closely with the book.

    9. Has to be one of my top 5 all time boxing biographies I have ever read. It tells the story of Jake la Motta (made famous by de Nero in his Oscar winning performance in the film of the same name) and his journey from rough rough street gangster to professional boxer through to actor. Along the way he kiss someone (outside the ring), marries about 6 different women, beats up his best friend almost to the point of death and also rapes his best friends girlfriend. Not a nice guy by any stretch of th [...]

    10. Gripping, elaborated and violent in each and every meaning of the wordThe evasive dream, the pain of being nothing, the arrogance of being something, then going down from the peak to the bottom, much faster than climbing of course of the classics,I mean the movie made by the pioneer MATY "Martin Scorsese" one of my favorites & The legendary Robert Di Nero, The movie isnot such agreat one, BUT for God's sake it's Maty & De Nero, whatever they bring up to the screen , it remains remarkable [...]

    11. Raging Bull: My Story is a colorful but tragic story about a rather despicable man. In his honest and often self-pitying biography, Jake LaMotta admits to being an abuser, a rapist and a thief. Yet, his remarkable talent, perseverance and achievement as an athlete make him a somewhat admirable character, as well. The fact that LaMotta, while capable of capsizing his own friendships, marriages, and careers, was adaptable enough to regain social and professional stability numerous times is inspiri [...]

    12. The book is a brutally honest memoir by Jake LaMotta, the Bronx Bull and legendary boxer. One cannot help but root for Jake to turn things around in his life, but his chances just kept running out. With a little bit of luck, fate, talent, and chance, he eventually becomes a champion boxer. This book is successful because it has the typical equation of boy finding his way out of a rough and troubled childhood and becoming a hero in some sense. Overall, an interesting read.

    13. This is a great story of a boxer who nearly loses everything at the height of his fame and even falls down a bigger downward spiral post-retirement. If you enjoyed the Martin Scorsese film, this is truly worth picking up to see who were the influences of some of the supporting characters. Truly a great sutobiography.

    14. The spousal abuse made this autobiography hard to read and empathise with. Points for honesty, and a real underdog story. But the subject just isn't a good person, it's pretty hard to empathise with such a man.

    15. Very deeply personal, well written account of LaMotta's struggles and inner demons. This particular edition had extremely small type, but it was worth it to read.

    16. I think LaMotta was only guaranteed like 250 pages and after spending the first 150 on juvi He was like 'oh shit umn I boxed a lot, won some lost some THE END'

    17. It's only after one reads this that they realize the iconic movie is actually a rather poor treatment. The book is that good.

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