[PDF / Epub] ★ Lord of Misrule By Jaimy Gordon – 91videos.co

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 would have to give a pep talk or two about how to persevere and the rewards of doing so The language itself is a textured thing, its own lithe animal At times Gordon risks losing the reader, but then there are flashes of brilliance in a description or in a sharp line of dialogue that make you sit up and see the world anew Think Emily Dickinson on a horse track You feel and smell the dust of the place and come away with a strangely precise sense of characters.The thing that will pull you in and keep you going is the outcome of these races the novel is structured around four and the stakes involved for the motley crew of owners, groomers, and hands Read for plot Stay for language You will find arresting, gorgeous prose at every turn. 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 with greedy men who end up dead in ditches. 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 TrackTommy 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 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 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 some person, a trophy like The book young enough still to run a good literary race, but not so young to be on some hip millennial s reading list Hip millennials ain t what you find around Book Off anyhow that the used bookstore s name The millennials somewhere else Coins come to them as gifts from heaven, not as something sacred to hold in your palm so sacred, make you want to wait for the right opportunity to use them Like water in a desert, if cliches be okay for this book review Old horses and lost souls are the stuff of its word play The book that is Enough to get you in and then you find that there is going on Gangsters for those who are inclined You can borrow some money You can ride some money on a book, even this one Down on her luck Was 1800 yen in her day Now, took her for 108 yen That s Japanese money I wonder if some old man named Natsume done had her first I don t think I done had her last There will be another owner, someone to ride a cool 100 yen on her She be used, but not used up No sir. 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 regionalisms, no cellphones, less stuff I don t know It was enjoyable enough in its own way, and maybe it s partly difficult for me that the 1970s are now in books what the 1930s sort of used to be an olde time, before today, when everyone was down on their heels and the world seemed smaller and there was lots of violence, but that s ok because you fit in in your place And that is sort of what this book is about both living up to your identity and trying to create it, trying to escape it, and this kind of third tier rundown racetrack is a liminal, transgressive space where characters are both aware of their place , and secure in it, to a certain extent, but also always trying to beat it not to get the big win, but to get a win.Story wise, I am down with this, but style wise, not my cup of tea It does remind me a bit of last year s let the great world spin, although I cannot quite see what the connection is besides the 70s thing 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 tack room, and all work hard every day The characters in this story are well described and true to any on the track, I found the story interesting until the end 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 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 Grizzly nerved in all four feet, he said I know he don t feel no pain.Hell he is Two s plenty, Deucey snapped Translation Medicine Ed laughed a little I reckon that Grizzly has had the nerve supplies cut to all four of his feet surgery to numb a racehorse so he ll keep running despite injuries and trauma unethical , he said I know he don t feel no pain Hell he has Cutting the nerve supplies to two feet is plenty, Deucey snapped BUT what is the reward for this effort There s no character development, no epiphanies, no resolution of conflicts Character motivations remain opaque Nobody is changed by their experience, except the ones who get killed I suppose that s a change But not development.Moral qualities line up predictably the women are good, the poor black man is good, the white men are bad Well, one white man is a little bit good But he used to be bad, when he was younger and had energy This irritated me.She basically set up her characters in the first section and assigned each one some distinguishing features and epithets Maggie is the curly haired girl Tommy is the young fool and dresses like a dandy The Italian gangster rolls around in a car with tinted windows and wears hair grease and tight pants He s bad The Jewish gangster wears two ties hence his name Two Tie and dotes on his dog Medicine Ed has a limp and thinks in dialect Each character behaves in a consistent and predictable way bad guys are bad in EVERY way and interaction, good guys are trustworthy and compassionate Characters responses to each other seem almost automatic They seem to trust or hate or love each other at first sight, and that response guides everything that happens between them no first impression gets corrected, or refined, or complicated The relationship that appears to be central just fades away, with no confrontation or even discussion.If I m generous, I ll say that the novel participates in the fatalism and mythic worldview of the racing milieu Like everyone is a puppet of fate, and individual hopes, dreams, preferences, efforts, choices don t make much difference There are epic aspects to the style that support that.Or maybe it s trying to show the animalistic aspects of human nature instinctive physical responses rather than intellectual psychological ones An interesting experiment But I want intellect and psychology and growth in a novel s characters. 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 a caricature that it borders on offensive I m not sure Gordon has ever talked to a black person in her life Ed s character appears to have been constructed from reading Uncle Remus and watching episodes of Amos n Andy Nearly every character is given a colorful nickname, of course, and the main character, Maggie, goes in for a little bondage just for the heck of it This is the kind of book that reeks of creative writing program, with full of artifice, lacking in humor and completely divorced from any actual life experience the author may have had From now on, I think I am going to have to read author biographies carefully and pass on book written by anyone contaminated by an MFA. 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 possible, I suppose, that this was a book written for a different kind of reader, not for a reader like me In that case, it could still be a good book I didn t see in it the traits that would have made it a good book, but maybe others do I do not see in it, because I think they do not exist, the traits that would make it a great book, the traits Faulkner would have called the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice I thought it was a narrow, almost idiosyncratic story, one whose failure to rise above the level of the commonplace made its technical components, which were certainly interesting, largely irrelevant.I don t often write negative reviews, and I am certainly susceptible to correction. 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 starry eyed love with the horses under her care I also cringed at the author s writing style Not a single quotation mark in the whole book I don t know why authors think writing out of the technical box makes their books special I think it makes them hard to read and look sloppy like she used all this low class, backstretch slang as a way not to have to proofread her story All this is why I hated the book Some interesting characters, a fairly good plot, and the fact that I finally reached the point of no return, might as well finish the d mn book now, is what kept me from hating it along the lines of Old Man and the Sea But, no, I won t own the book and, no, I won t read another by this author.