Unlimited [Christian Book] ✓ Lord of Misrule - by Jaimy Gordon ✓


  • Title: Lord of Misrule
  • Author: Jaimy Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780307946737
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback

  • A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run down West Virginia track Tommy Hansel has a plan run four horses, all better than they look on paper, at long odds at Indian Mound Downs, then grab the purse or cash a bet and runA brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run down West Virginia track Tommy Hansel has a plan run four horses, all better than they look on paper, at long odds at Indian Mound Downs, then grab the purse or cash a bet and run before anyone s the wiser At his side is Maggie Koderer, who finds herself powerfully drawn to the gorgeous, used up animals of the cheap track She also lands in the cross hairs of leading trainer Joe Dale Bigg But as news of Tommy s plan spreads, from veteran groom Medicine Ed, to loan shark Two Tie, to Kidstuff the blacksmith, it s Maggie, not Tommy or the handlers of legendary stakes horse Lord of Misrule, who will find what s valuable in a world where everything has a price.
    Jaimy Gordon
    Jaimy Gordon s third novel, Bogeywoman was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 2000 Her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, brought her an Academy Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gordon s short story, A Night s Work, which shares a number of characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995 She is also the author of a novella, Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue, and the fantasy classic novel Shamp of the City Solo Gordon teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.


    Commentaires:

    Jeffrey Keeten
    ”She had her highborn air, dexter, and right next to it she had her lowborn air, sinister, which also came of being a Jew, an outcast, a gypsy, and not giving one goddamn. She could up and follow a racetracker, a coarse adventurer, if she so chose. Moreover you could get to her through her body. It was a black, rich, well-watered way, between rock faces. The word podzol came to mind. The word humus. Soil. Slut. You could ask all you wanted of that flesh, you could whisper outrages into her ear [...]

    Chuck Lowry
    I guess, honestly, I must have missed something. I read this book for two reasons, because it won the National Book Award and because it was about horseracing, in which I have had great interest at various times in my life. Ah, but the National Book Award--Walker Percy for The Moviegoer, Alice McDermott for Charming Billy, Saul Bellow for The Adventures of Augie March, Bernard Malamud for The Fixer. Add Lord of Misrule to these and it is an easy game of "Which Doesn't Belong and Why?" It is poss [...]

    Bonnie
    I had a love-hate relationship with this book, or at least a like-hate relationship. I have to admit I'm surprised it won a National Book Award. That's the best there is out there? Ugh. It is everything stereotypically bad about the backside of a racetrack. Broken down claimers held together with glue (and a myriad of drugs, legal and illegal), gamblers fixing races, the organized crime mafioso lording it over the lesser humans at the track, a brutal breakdown during a race, and a woman in starr [...]

    Daniel Clausen
    The novel sit on the cracked counter of a Veloce chain coffee shop, crease-weary, and smelling of seven-year-old pages. The yellowing hadn't started, but that would come soon nough. One more coffee spill on her front page might make her a used up, spoiled thing, but she ain't no spoiled thing, and I be careful where I put my coffee. She's still got three or four good reads in her, yet. In older days, she would be read up 20 to 30 times before people lose interest. Then she'd sit on the shelf of [...]

    jo
    this book is really, really, really good and you must read it. it may not be for everyone (what book is) but, man, this woman can write, and the story is fantastic. i love these characters. i love the horses. i love the low fog that keeps you from seeing your feet at 4 in the morning. i like how madness slowly creeps into a character and makes him both repellant and awesome. i like the tough women. i LOVE medicine ed. it's a small world but so, so rich. kind of like a family-run freak show, but [...]

    Kathi Defranc
    This was an enjoyable book to read for me, as I have been to small racetracks and lived on the backside, so knew all types of people as we all tried to ready our horses to bring home the money. The book is written beautifully, with descriptions of things and people that take me back. The folks on the backstretch live a tough life, you work hard to keep feeding your animals and yourself, it is a city unto itself. Rarely does anyone leave the racetrack, you eat in the track kitchen, sleep in a tac [...]

    Jessie
    I can see how this is the kind of thing people like - it's written in poetical dialect, and it focuses on a very oldfashioned, very specific subculture, and racing is the kind of space that brings people together, so you can have the old black groom, and the young jewish woman, and the crazy irishman. And since it takes place in the fuzzy old 1970s, there were more regionalisms, no cellphones, less stuff. I don't know. It was enjoyable enough in its own way, and maybe it's partly difficult for m [...]

    Heather
    Well this one really fizzles out. I stuck with it to the end, because I did enjoy the style. I was in the mood to be challenged by a book, and Lord of Misrule is challenging. No skimming! you have to read every word and some sentences are more like puzzles. Dialect and racing argot and convoluted syntax and weird nicknames ("It was not a harming goofer that Medicine Ed knew the making of.") And no quotation marks to help you follow the dialogue:______Medicine Ed laughed a little. I reckon that G [...]

    Mark
    Lord of Misrule is the story of the trainers, grooms, jockeys and assorted hangers on at a seedy racetrack in West Virginia. I love horse racing and so I eagerly anticipated the novel, especially after learning that it had won the National Book Award.Unfortunately, little about the story rang true. The story is told from the point of view of several characters, a technique that is quickly becoming hackneyed. One of the characters is Medicine Ed, the African American groom. Ed's narration is such [...]

    Irene
    This novel invites the reader into the lives of broken people in broken relationships populating the seedy backside of a small race track in West Virginia. Gordon masterfully captures the colloquial slang of the horse race scene in both the dialogues and internal monologues of the characters. In fact, it is so authentic that I was often confused about what was actually being communicated. Violent sex, murder, fraudulent schemes, this is the world of the characters that Gordon introduces the read [...]

    Maya Lang
    As Janet Maslin points out in her lovely review in the New York Times, the fact that this novel won the National Book Award makes Jaimy Gordon herself a kind of dark horse. It thrills me that this novel won, because it is the kind of challenging, inventive novel that doesn't sell many copies or get noticed by the big outlets (certainly, the Times had never taken notice of Gordon) because it is so *different.*So, a quick word: this is not a novel for everyone. If I were teaching this novel, I wou [...]

    Mark
    What an unusual novel! I found Lord of Misrule a difficult read. It is not a "page turner that you can not wait to get back to". Ms. Gordon uses a staccato cadence and pacing which never settles into a comfortable flow. There are several deep dialects that never become familiar. You are not always sure who is speaking to whom, even occasionally whether human is speaking to human or to an animal. This is not a book about horse racing. It is a book about hardscrabble people in a hardscrabble place [...]

    Bev
    Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon opens with "Inside the back gate of Indian Mound Downs, a hot-walking machine creaked round and round. In the judgment of Medicine Ed, walking a horse himself on the shedrow of Barn Z, the going-nowhere contraption must be the lost soul of this cheap racetrack where he been ended up at." That hot-walking machine provides the metaphor for the cheap claiming race track at the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings.Gordon's National Book Award winner is all about the [...]

    Matt
    I feel like I almost know the writer too well to really respond impartially to this book; I had her as a teacher, once read almost all her works to prepare to interview her, etc. So, I'm at once really primed to like Jaimy's work, but also perversely in tune to how she sometimes repeats herself.In this book, we get another version of the precocious female narrator, the same one we've seen in Bogeywoman, She Drove, and in one could argue, The Bend, The Lip, the Kid. It's a little awkward, too, gi [...]

    Joan Colby
    . I recognized I was in the presence of a fine talent when early on I encountered this description: “He was an unhealthy looking man of a drained cement color.” And of course, I fell for what Hemingway would call “the true gen” of the racetrack setting and characters. One is inclined to think Gordon must have spent years on the backside, but the probability is that, as an English professor, she relied on research. I’d love to know though, as the verisimilitude of “Lord of Misrule” [...]

    Jim
    There's a reason for using certain styles, like dialog with quotes, he said & she said. This is all mixed up with some sentences being thoughts while others are apparently supposed to be dialog. Seems like the author knows what he/she is talking about, but it's just too much work trying to read this.

    Jill
    Most of us, when we think of horse racing, conjure up a mint-juleps-and-roses vision of the Kentucky Derby or perhaps, Churchill Downs, attended by jewel-studded rich folk dressed up in their finery with cash to burn.But at the rock-bottom end of the sport, horse racing is a whole other world – a world inhabited by down-on-their-luck trainers and jockeys, loan sharks and crooks, gyps and hotwalkers. This is the world Jaimy Gordon takes on – Indian Mound Downs, where the horses are mostly agi [...]

    Tom
    This book was a victim of inflated expectations and anticipation. I wanted to like it; I wanted to love it. Wanted to love it so much that I put off reading it for months, which stretched into years. I wanted this book to complete a literary Triple Crown, the fictional leg of an Equine Trilogy that included the bio /history "Seabiscuit," by Laura Hillenbrand, and the memoirLaughing in the Hillsby Bill Barich. I wanted Secretariat winning the Belmont by 30 lengths and got a raw, gutsy 'mudder' wi [...]

    Diane
    Winner of the National Book Award but for the life of me I can't figure out why. There are good things about it and Gordon writes some very vivid images, but the book was uneven at best. It is the early 70's at a seedy horse track in West Virginia. There are mafia types fixing races and beating up the locals. The characters are sketchy in both senses of the word. Sometimes dramatic things are happening to them without enough explanation. The style is odd. There are multiple narrators and it's ha [...]

    Terry
    Avg 3.24? Really? I absolutely loved the writing in this novel--it was fearless, raw, challenging. Perhaps that accounts for the absurdly low rating--clearly, Gordon doesn't care if people are turned off by her characters or content. But it's also not gratuitous; this is not a writer being flashy or going over the top. It's a refreshingly honest portrayal of a group of people at the bottom, all working, scheming, and dreaming to make it big in the world of horse-racing. But not Kentucky Derby-ho [...]

    Joe Drape
    Wow. This is the best book I've read in a long time, finished it in one sitting. It also is quite rightfully a finalist for the National Book Award. It's true literature. Anyone who knows anything about horse racing will be captivated as Gordon perfectly evokes the beauty and grit as well as the desperation and hope of racetrackers who inhabit a down and out track in West Virginia. There's a gentlemanly loan shark, a broken down groom, a crazy trainer, a crooked one and a head strong girl. Some [...]

    Tony
    13. Gordon, Jaimy. LORD OF MISRULE. (2010). ****. I personally found this a difficult book to get into. After the first fifty pages or so, however, after most of the principal characters had been introduced, you realize that Ms. Gordon is a very skilful writer. The jacket liner compares her to a blend of Nathanael West, Damon Runyon, and Eudora Welty. I’d have to agree but I’d a little Faulkner, too. The story centers around the world of cheap racing, “where trainers and jockeys, grooms an [...]

    Sara Warner
    This is a wildly great novel. Jaimy Gordon creates the seedy and dangerous life of the dregs of the horse racing worldaiming races, broken down horses and people struggling to hang on to their last square inch of power. Gordon is a magician with language. She envelopes this weird and grittily exotic world in a fog of desire, cruelty, love and nobility, never letting up on her breakneck race to save what matters--if only we can figure out what that is. She is a story-teller extraordinaire, approa [...]

    Amber Scaife
    While I recognize that there are things to admire about this book (the writing shines in a few places, and the characters are well-crafted), I can't say that I enjoyed it. Or even particularly liked it. Because there are also things here that I demonstrably didn't enjoy: the sex scenes were icky (thankfully there were only a couple), and the racetrack details were beyond my ken. I admit that this last fault is my own, since I know very close to nothing about horse racing, although I suppose a ca [...]

    Rachel Ludwig
    Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule is an excellent and unique read. The setting is Indian Mound Downs, a rundown racetrack in West Virginia. There are four main characters: Tommy Hansel and Maggie Koderer who hope of winning big and moving on to the next track; Medicine Ed, the old groom who dreams of winning enough to retire to Florida; and the loan shark and loner, Two-Tie, who is growing increasingly tired of the racetrack game. Gordon constructs these characters as well as a myriad of other ch [...]

    Joseph
    There is a reason Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award. Gordon expertly employees four separate third-person narrators (well, one is actually second-person) throughout the entire book. Each chapter dives into a different characters head and never once does the reader feel at a loss for who is the focus.Every character in this book is trying to stack the odds in their favor to either simply survive in or walk away very rich from the horse racing world. The truth is that they are all suscep [...]

    Sara
    Lord of Misrule is a really good book, but I almost didn’t realize it. I read it more out of a sense of hometown pride—Hey, someone who teaches in Kalamazoo, Michigan won the National Book Award!—than any real knowledge of or interest in the book.And at first I was stumped: Gordon takes us into a world that seems so foreign and gritty—the world of horse racing—and leaves us there to fend for ourselves. I know nothing about horse racing and have never been interested in it, and Gordon d [...]

    David Granger
    First, I have to confess to a bias: I love horse racing! I love the lore and I love watching those beautiful animals run for the roses, the black-eyed susans, whatever. And I know a little about the sport. I know what a "claimer" is and I also knew, coming into this book, that horse-racing --- particularly at the smaller, lesser-known tracks --- has its ugly underbelly.So, with that disclaimer out of the way, I loved Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon. I have to admit to being thrown a bit at the b [...]

    Kat Hagedorn
    tinyurl/684lvv6Absolutely, I would title my book after the best horse name in the biz. (Or at least the best horse name in this book.) I think "Lord of Misrule" trumps "Pelter," "Little Spinoza," and "Little Boll Weevil" (although that last one is fairly awesome). Strangely, though, this book isn't really about horses. It's about how we've transformed horses into a substrata of American culture, and all the wonderful and scuzzy things that come from having done that.I'm sure the book has deeper [...]

    Zach
    I have to be honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because the author, Jaimy Gordon, was going to be giving a lecture in town. I didn't care about small-stakes horse racing, and I'm always wary of award winners. As soon as I finished the second chapter, though, I was hooked, and the novel kept getting better from there. Gordon crafts a collection of excellent characters, from the young and naive Maggie, to the veteran Medicine Ed (whose dialect is pitch perfect and never difficult to [...]

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