The Sport of Kings

The Sport of Kings

eBook - 2016
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The trailblazing patriarch of a proud Kentucky clan, his daughter, and a black ex-prisoner embark on an effort to reclaim the family's near-mythic legacy by breeding champion horses, an endeavor that is challenged by divided ambitions, the farm's ugly past, and a willful thoroughbred filly.
"Hellsmouth, a willful thoroughbred filly with the blood of Triple Crown winners flowing through her veins, has the legacy of the Forges riding on her. One of the oldest and proudest families in Kentucky, the Forge family is as mythic as the history of the South itself. Descended from one of the first settlers to brave the Gap, Henry Forge, through an act of naked ambition, is attempting to blaze a new path, breeding horses on the family's crop farm. His daughter, Henrietta, becomes his partner in the endeavor, although she has desires of her own. Their conflict escalates when Allmon Shaughnessy, a black man fresh from prison, comes to work in the stables, and the ugliness of the farm's past and the exigencies of appetite become evident. Together, the three stubbornly try to create a new future through sheer will--one that isn't written in their very fabric--while they mold Hellsmouth into a champion.The Sport of Kings has the grace of a parable and the force of an epic. A majestic story of speed and hunger, racism and justice, this novel is an astonishment from start to finish. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has crafted an American myth, a contemporary portrait of the scars of the past that run through a family, and of our desperate need to escape our history, to subsume it with pleasure--or to rise above it with glory"-- Provided by publisher.
"A contemporary portrait of a family subsumed by the scars of slavery"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374715175
0374715173
Characteristics: 1 online resource (545 pages) : color illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Candaceb108
Aug 18, 2016

This book, this book.. I am 40 pages from the end of its 544 pages, and I do not want it to end. It is about horses, but not a horse book. It is about slavery, but also about all of our enslavement. And it's also about racism, a slyer, self-satisfied, more cynical slavery.

The language is beautiful, raw, poetic and alive. The interracial relationship rings harrowingly true. The possibility for transformation in old age also rings true.

The author has so much intellectual energy and brilliance that she has packed the book with about 100 pages of her associative cortex's connections that don't assist the plot. You have to just work through it. It has value.

Read this book, it is beautiful.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jun 12, 2016

Thought this would be a great book to read during Triple Crown season, but the horses were just a very small backdrop. It's about the very strange and awful Forge family, the very sad and depressing Allmon Shaunghnessy, with racism and incest. I described this book to my family as the most beautifully written, awful book I've ever read. And although it has beautiful prose, it also has very foul and crude language. At times the prose is over done with long rambling paragraphs full of many words I was not familiar with. A very long, and slow moving story. Had to force myself to finish it. Can't recommend this one.

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jdpedersen
Jun 06, 2016

This book is hard, and definitely not for someone looking for a horse-y read. It's not really about horses or horse racing, instead it's a treatise on race in America. It's big and bold with fully drawn characters and a compelling story. The pacing isn't fast, but the storytelling is strong. One scene, though, is seared into my brain and I really wish it wasn't.

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