The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings
Author: C.E. Morgan
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 0307375722
ISBN 13: 9780307375728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sport of Kings Book Review:

The daring, inventive novel (a sprawling family saga set in Kentucky that combines southern gothic with the drama of horse racing) from a brilliant young author named one of The New Yorker's "20 Best Writers Under 40." Here is the ambitious, strikingly original, and dazzling new novel from a young writer whose first novel, All the Living, received passionate praise and rave reviews, and earned her one of the highly coveted spots on The New Yorker's list of the "20 Best Writers Under 40" alongside such peers as Karen Russell, Wells Tower, Téa Obreht, and Dinaw Mengestu. But where that first novel had startling ambition and scope yet strictly contained its remarkable energy within notably spare language and a pared-down setting and time frame, this new novel's energy bursts out of the gate running and gallops through generations, consuming a multitude of characters and plots. The title The Sport of Kings refers to horse racing, and the novel centres itself within that world: a connected web of humans and animals, as well as a fertile patch of land, in the heart of Kentucky. With breathtaking fluency, C.E. Morgan puts us inside the consciousness of an extraordinary range of characters who inhabit that patch of land through the years: an adolescent trying to grow up under the withering gaze of his landowner father; a brilliant black woman struggling with her seeming fate to be a household servant; a whip-smart boy who grows up in the ghetto but seeks to know more about his mysterious origins; and a girl whose uncompromising love of her family's legacy leads her to gamble with her own life. C.E. Morgan's writing has been compared to that of Marilynne Robinson and James Salter, and her ability to articulate moments fleetingly observed or sudden subtle changes in tenor and mood has a similar effect of mingled surprise and inevitability. This is writing that, even in its wildest and most southern-gothic moments, contains both the ring of truth and the thrill of discovery.

The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings
Author: C. E. Morgan
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 0374715173
ISBN 13: 9780374715175
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sport of Kings Book Review:

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction • A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence • One of New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly • GQ • The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner) • NPR • The Wall Street Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Refinery29 • Booklist • Kirkus Reviews • Commonweal Magazine "In its poetic splendor and moral seriousness, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy. . . . It is a contemporary masterpiece."—San Francisco Chronicle Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves. It is a dauntless narrative that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and across the dark waters of the Ohio River; from the final shots of the Revolutionary War to the resounding clang of the starting bell at Churchill Downs. As C. E. Morgan unspools a fabric of shared histories, past and present converge in a Thoroughbred named Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Newly confronted with one another in the quest for victory, the two families must face the consequences of their ambitions, as each is driven---and haunted---by the same, enduring question: How far away from your father can you run? A sweeping narrative of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in the shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.

The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings
Author: Rebecca Cassidy
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2002-08-29
ISBN 10: 9780521004879
ISBN 13: 052100487X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sport of Kings Book Review:

'Behind the scenes' description of British flat racing based on Cassidy's experiences working in Newmarket.

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime
Author: Steven A. Riess
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 446
Release: 2011-06-24
ISBN 10: 0815651546
ISBN 13: 9780815651543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime Book Review:

Thoroughbred racing was one of the first major sports in early America. Horse racing thrived because it was a high-status sport that attracted the interest of both old and new money. It grew because spectators enjoyed the pageantry, the exciting races, and, most of all, the gambling. As the sport became a national industry, the New York metropolitan area, along with the resort towns of Saratoga Springs (New York) and Long Branch (New Jersey), remained at the center of horse racing with the most outstanding race courses, the largest purses, and the finest thoroughbreds. Riess narrates the history of horse racing, detailing how and why New York became the national capital of the sport from the mid-1860s until the early twentieth century. The sport’s survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Gambling, the heart of racing’s appeal, made the sport morally suspect. Yet democratic politicians protected the sport, helping to establish the State Racing Commission, the first state agency to regulate sport in the United States. At the same time, racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing’s heyday.

Great Women in the Sport of Kings

Great Women in the Sport of Kings
Author: Scooter Toby Davidson,Valerie Anthony
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 158
Release: 1999-04-01
ISBN 10: 9780815605652
ISBN 13: 081560565X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Great Women in the Sport of Kings Book Review:

This text considers the phenomenon of female jockeys. It takes a look at their lives and offers portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles. The introduction explores the implications of women in sport, the struggles female jockeys face and the significance of their success.

My Year of the Racehorse

My Year of the Racehorse
Author: Kevin Chong
Publsiher: Greystone Books Ltd
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1553655206
ISBN 13: 9781553655206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Year of the Racehorse Book Review:

Chronicles the author's endeavor to throw away his life's to-do list and buy a racehorse instead, describing the horse who won his heart and the behind-the-scenes characters he encounters, as well as the history and tradition of the sport. Original.

Falconry the Sport of Kings

Falconry  the Sport of Kings
Author: Louis Agassiz Fuertes
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2020-04
ISBN 10: 9789354010132
ISBN 13: 935401013X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Falconry the Sport of Kings Book Review:

This book has been considered by academicians and scholars of great significance and value to literature. This forms a part of the knowledge base for future generations. So that the book is never forgotten we have represented this book in a print format as the same form as it was originally first published. Hence any marks or annotations seen are left intentionally to preserve its true nature.

Dorothy Paget

Dorothy Paget
Author: Graham Sharpe
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2018-04-27
ISBN 10: 9781910497760
ISBN 13: 1910497762
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings With Audio Level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings   With Audio Level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2014-09-30
ISBN 10: 0194632067
ISBN 13: 9780194632065
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings With Audio Level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library Book Review:

A level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Retold for Learners of English by Jennifer Bassett. Horseracing is the sport of kings, perhaps because racehorses are very expensive animals. But when they win, they can make a lot of money for the owners, for the trainers, and for the people who put bets on them. Silver Blaze is a young horse, but already the winner of many races. One night he disappears, and someone kills his trainer. The police want the killer, and the owner wants his horse, but they can't find them. So what do they do? They write to 221B Baker Street, of course - to ask for the help of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Out of the Clouds

Out of the Clouds
Author: Linda Carroll,David Rosner
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-05-29
ISBN 10: 0316432210
ISBN 13: 9780316432214
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of the Clouds Book Review:

In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen. In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings," a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed "The People's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds -- the winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award -- unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.

Horse Trader Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings

Horse Trader  Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings
Author: Patrick Robinson,Nick Robinson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-06-30
ISBN 10: 0008193371
ISBN 13: 9780008193379
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Trader Robert Sangster and the Rise and Fall of the Sport of Kings Book Review:

During the boom years of the 1980s, the massed oil wealth of the princes of Dubai and Saudi Arabia were pitted against British millionaire Robert Sangster in a battle for control of one of the world’s rarest, most precious and most unpredictable commodities: top-pedigree thoroughbread racehorses.

All the Living

All the Living
Author: C.E. Morgan
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-03-02
ISBN 10: 0307375714
ISBN 13: 9780307375711
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All the Living Book Review:

An astonishing novel that seizes the heart, and sets age-old conflicts against modern life. All the Living has the timeless quality of a parable, evoking a time and place with such beauty and power that it is unforgettable. It’s a hot, dry summer and a young woman travels to Kentucky with her lover, Orren, to the isolated tobacco farm he has inherited after his family dies in a terrible accident. As he works through the drought, Aloma struggles to find her way in a combative, erotically charged relationship with this taciturn man. Her growing friendship with a local charismatic preacher further complicates her sense of lonely dissatisfaction as she grapples with the eternal question of whether it is better to fight for freedom or submit to desire. Excerpt: At first she could see his figure only as a dark shape and the sun firing on the watch on his right arm as he turned the wheel. Then when he was finally before her, braking and leaning in slightly under the shade of the visor to pull the keys from the ignition, she found the broad contours of his face and the color of his skin, much browner than the last time she had seen him, the day after the funeral three weeks ago when he came down to the school and sat beside her and set a question to her. He said, You’ll come up? And she said, Yes, yes. And it don’t matter if it’s all out of order like it is? And she shook her head and took his blanched face in her hands and kissed him, and that had struck her later as an odd reversal, he usually being the one to reach out and pull her to him.

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings
Author: Jennifer Bassett,Arthur Conan Doyle
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 42
Release: 2009-10
ISBN 10: 9780194788236
ISBN 13: 0194788237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Horse Sense

Horse Sense
Author: Bert Sugar,Cornell Richardson
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2003-05-26
ISBN 10: 9780471445579
ISBN 13: 0471445576
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Sense Book Review:

Discusses the pastime of horse racing from its birth in England to today's millionaires' circles, including historical facts on races and jockeys and a detailed look at the worlds of breeding and gambling.

The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings
Author: William Scarth Dixon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 365
Release: 1900
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCAL:$B76386
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle,Jennifer Bassett
Publsiher: Oxford University
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2003-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780194229623
ISBN 13: 0194229629
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings Book Review:

Reading level: 1 [green].

Aborigines and the Sport of Kings

Aborigines and the Sport of Kings
Author: John Maynard
Publsiher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2013-10-24
ISBN 10: 1922059544
ISBN 13: 9781922059543
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aborigines and the Sport of Kings Book Review:

Aborigines and the ‘Sport of Kings’ celebrates the significant and exciting Aboriginal involvement in Australian racing history. A remarkable history considering that Australian Aboriginal people’s first contact with the European animals caused them bewilderment and terror because violent massacres and unprovoked vicious attacks were conducted from horseback. However, within a short period they adapted and shed their fears. Over time they caught horses and taught themselves to ride, using sheets of bark as makeshift saddles. Settler accounts record Aboriginal people’s uncanny affinity with horses; their excellence in caring for them and in riding. So, moving from the skilled workers who were the backbone of the Australian pastoral industries to racing horses was an obvious step. Amongst the many Aboriginal jockeys highlighted in the book are Merv Maynard, Norm Rose, Frank Reys, Richard Lawrence 'Darby' McCarthy and Leigh-Anne Goodwin, Australia's first female Aboriginal jockey to ride a winner at a metropolitan track.

Churchill and Colonist II

Churchill and Colonist II
Author: Fred Glueckstein
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2014-12-12
ISBN 10: 1491749733
ISBN 13: 9781491749739
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Churchill and Colonist II Book Review:

Winston Churchill didn’t just have a knack for statesmanship: He also had quite an eye for horses. The British politician was seventy-five when he bought his first racehorse, Colonist II, who proved to be one of the most popular and remarkable horses of his era – winning thirteen of twenty-four races and placing in five others. After Churchill’s defeat as prime minister, these were much needed victories, and they helped the elder statesman deal with his political failures. Just as importantly, the success led him to buy more horses and sparked a greater interest in the sport among the general public. The rekindling of interest mirrored Churchill’s own love affair with horses: One of his earliest known writings is a letter he sent to his mother in May 1882 in which he mentioned his horse, RobRoy, named after the Scottish hero. Whether or not it was one mile or more than two, the French-bred, grey colt proved that he could be just as steadfast and courageous as Churchill himself. Together, Churchill and Colonist II captured the heart of a nation.

Horse Racing Coast to Coast

Horse Racing Coast to Coast
Author: Michael Walmsley,Marlene Smith-Baranzini
Publsiher: I5 Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9781931993524
ISBN 13: 1931993521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Horse Racing Coast to Coast Book Review:

Go to the races with Horse Racing Coast to Coast, an exhilarating behind-the-scenes ride through the grandest racetracks across North America. You'll also learn the inside scoop on the best lodging, tastiest dining, and most intriguing sites nearby so you can transform a day at the races into a sightseeing adventure! Along the way, racing aficionados introduce you to champion Thoroughbreds, such as Funny Cide; fearless jockeys, including Bill "The Shoe" Shoemaker; and other horse racing greats. Book jacket.

Racing for America

Racing for America
Author: James C. Nicholson
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN 10: 0813180651
ISBN 13: 9780813180656
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Racing for America Book Review:

On October 20, 1923, at New York's Belmont Park, Kentucky Derby champion Zev toed the starting line alongside Papyrus, winner of England's greatest horse race, the Epsom Derby. The $100,000 purse for the novel intercontinental showdown was the largest in the history of America's oldest sport and writers across the country were calling it the "Race of the Century." A victory for the American colt in this blockbuster event would change how the nation viewed horse racing forever. In this book, James C. Nicholson exposes the central role of politics, money, and ballyhoo in the Jazz Age resurgence of the sport of kings. Though the Zev-Papyrus face-off was one of the most hyped sporting events of the early twentieth century, Nicholson reveals that it soon faded from American popular memory when it became known that Zev's owner, oil tycoon Harry F. Sinclair, was involved in an infamous scandal to defraud the United States of millions of barrels of publicly owned oil. As a result, Zev became an apt mascot for a nation struggling to reconcile its traditional values with the modern complexities of the Roaring Twenties, and his tainted legacy ultimately proved to be incompatible with tenets of national mythology that celebrate America as a place where hard work and fair play lead to prosperity.