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  • Published: Kingston, NY : McPherson & Co., 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: 294 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780929701837 (alk. paper)
  • 0929701836 (alk. paper)

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Lord of misrule

by Gordon, Jaimy, 1944-

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult

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At the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts all struggle to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive. Equal parts Nathanael West, Damon Runyon and Eudora Welty, Lord of Misrule follows five characters, scarred and lonely dreamers in the American grain, through a year and four races at Indian Mount Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia-- from dust jacket.

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The horse racing world that the author describes from its underbelly is layered, textured, gritty, and very real. The characters, although I had a hard time keeping them straight for quite a while, have such varying histories and perspectives that they really drew me in. There are scenes that, a month later, I still find myself remembering.

Because of the style, it wasn't an easy book to get into (if you're trying it, give it at least the first 50-75 pages before you make a decision)... but it had some fascinating relationships and dynamics.

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