Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky's oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges' history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.
A spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself - a moral epic for our time.
©2016 C. E. Morgan (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
The book is an epic. Complex, extravagantly written, brutally honest about how histories undo us as individuals and as a nation.
The narrator has a good voice and does a range of accents very well, but there are many big, esoteric words in this novel and it jars to hear them mispronounced. Undoes the underlying intelligence of the writing. Isn't that a director's job?
Art historian, gardener, feminist. Read for language, characters, history, esp. 18th c. History in US, France, GB, SE Asia, Caribbean.
I just could not get into this book. Suggest listening to the preview before ordering.
I will definitely listen to this again in hopes that I'll pick up on more of the nuances.
Being a Kentucky girl, I loved the subject matter and setting (primarily the beautiful Horse Country and farms around Paris and Versailles). The story was breathtaking in spurts, but at times it felt like I was trapped in a Terrence Malick movie. I'm still not sure what actually happened to Allmon, but I liked the book enough to listen to again to try and sort it out.
I am a Doctor of Nutrition in the field of addictive nutrition. I teach people how to withdraw from addictive foods and build new lives.
This is a powerful story, powerfully written. I did not give it the full five stars because of the racism. It is a tale of insanity born of racism and poverty. The characters are haunting. They are beautifully drawn. The story will take you places that are unimaginable.
over the top florid, self-indulgent, not really about The Sport of Kings at all
just future books by this author
accuracy in pronunciation--many errors
too many to count
I've never commented on a book but this one got such good reviews and as a horse owner and racing fan, I had to try it. I stuck it out, hoping it would improve (and it does, briefly, with the entry of the jockey), but overall it was an amazing disappointment. Rambling and overheated.
I thought it was little more drawn out then it needed to be, the author spent a lot of time developing the characters but none of them seemed to have any real depth. The story to me just played out every stereo type of each race and it followed the typical sad ending we have heard so many times in real life, just change the occupation and water the polarity. The story wasn't surprising, I wouldn't listen to it again.
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