A Stone for Danny Fisher
As a teenager, Danny Fisher had all he ever wanted -- a dog, a grown-up summer job, flirtatious relationships with older women -- and a talent for ruthless boxing that quickly made him a star in the amateur sporting world. But when Danny's family falls on hard times, moving from their comfortable home in Brooklyn to Manhattan's squalid Lower East Side, he is forced to leave his carefree childhood behind. Facing poverty and daily encounters with his violent, anti-Semitic neighbors, Danny must fight both inside and outside the ring just to survive.
As his boxing becomes legendary in the city's seedy underworld, packed with wiseguys and loose women, everyone seems to want a hand in Danny's success. Robbins's colorful, fast-talking characters evoke the rough streets of Depression-era New York City. Ronnie, a prostitute ashamed of how far she's fallen and desperately in need of friendship; Sam, a slick bookie who wants to profit from Danny's boxing talent; and Nellie, a beautiful but lonely girl who refuses to believe Danny is beyond redemption -- each of whom has a different vision of Danny's future -- will help steer his rocky course.
Gritty, compelling, and groundbreaking for its time, A Stone for Danny Fisher is a tale of ambition, hope, and violence set in a distinct and dangerous period of American history. A classic, sexy bestseller by Harold Robbins, reintroduced to a whole new generation of readers.
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Potboiler king Robbins released this novel in 1951. Teenaged Danny Fisher likes to fool around with women and beat the hell out of men in the boxing ring. When hard times hit, Danny is forced to fight to keep his family alive. Adapted for Elvis Presley's 1958 filmKing Creole . Read full review
I first read the book as a very young teenager. I believe I grew up quicker because of it. Of course at that age any boy would wish he was Danny Fisher. The poor guy never had a decent break. The ending was, in a word, sad. I would like to say more but I don't want to spoil it for anyone hoping to read it.
I grew up consuming all the Harold Robbins novels in my mother's collection. The books are long gone now, but I still pine for a chance to read them again- especially A Stone For Danny Fisher