Muscle: confessions of an unlikely bodybuilder

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Poseidon Press, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
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At age 26, scrawny, Oxford-educated Samuel Fussell entered a YMCA gym in New York to escape the terrors of big city life. Four years and 80 lbs. of firm, bulging muscle later, he was competing for bodybuilding titles in the "Iron Mecca" of Southern California-so weak from intense training and starvation he could barely walk. MUSCLE is the harrowing, often hilarious chronicle of Fussell's divine obsession, his search for identity in a bizarre, eccentric world of "health fascists," "gym bunnies" and "muscleheads"-and his devout, single-minded acceptance of illness, pain, nausea, and steroid-induced rage in his quest for the holy grail of physical perfection.

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I read it years ago and couldnt have loved it more. As a gym rat for 30 years Ive seen it all and this book is about as funny as it gets. A musical was made from it. I wonder if it was any good... Ive suggested it to others many times. Read full review

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This is the best book I have ever read. It is hilarious and very entertaining

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