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Lord of Misrule


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ISBN13: 9780307946737
ISBN10: 0307946738
Condition: Standard
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The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group's discussion of Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon's award-winning novel of the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing.

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agaterud, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by agaterud)
Absolutely lovely story, with a fresh and intriguing voice.
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great book by local michigan author about horse races
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Gordon, Jaimy
Vintage Books
Gordon, Jaimy
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Vintage Contemporaries
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8 x 5.1 x .85 in .66 lb

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Product details 304 pages Vintage - English 9780307946737 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "2010 National Book Award-finalist Gordon's new novel begins and ends at a backwoods race track in early-1970s West Virginia, where horse trainer Tommy Hansel dreams up a scam. He'll run four horses in claiming races at long odds and get out before anyone realizes how good his horses are. But at a track as small as Indian Mound Downs, where everyone knows everybody's business, Hansel's hopes are quickly dashed. Soon his luminous, tragic girlfriend, Maggie, appears, drawing the eye of everyone, including sadistic gangster Joe Dale Bigg. Though Maggie finds herself with an unexpected protector in family gangster Two-Tie, even he can't protect her from her own fascination with the track and its misfit members. While Gordon's latest reaches for Great American Novel status, and her use of the colloquial voice perfectly evokes the time and place, constant shifts in perspective make the novel feel over-styled and under-plotted. And Maggie's supposed charisma clashes with her behavior, creating a feeling that something is missing, whereas Hansel is more witnessed than examined, his character developing almost entirely through the eyes of others, creating uncertainty that often borders on indifference." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Gordon has completely mastered the language of the racetrack, and formed it into an evocative and idiosyncratic style... [E]ach voice dips into racetrack lingo in a distinctive way. It is an impressive performance."
"Review" by , "A novel of luck, pluck, farce and above all horse racing... Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read."
"Synopsis" by , Lord of Misrule is a darkly realistic novel about a young woman living through a year of horse racing at a half-mile track in West Virginia, while everyone's best laid schemes keep going brutally wrong. With her first novel since her acclaimed Bogeywoman (1999), Jaimy Gordon bears comparison to other great writers of the American demimonde, such as Nathanael West, Damon Runyon, and Eudora Welty.
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