The Depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms. A lurid tale of dancing and desperation: Horace McCoy's classic American novel captures the dark side of the 1930s.
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A rather morbidly fascinating book, extremely well done, and set in a unique frame.Read Full Review of They Shoot Horses, Don't They... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The brutality of the story is offset by the poetic beauty and precision of McCoy's narrative as it hones in on the thoughts and aspirations of its outsider characters.Read Full Review of They Shoot Horses, Don't They... | See more reviews from Guardian
I believe that what makes the novel a classic isn’t just its depiction of life in The Great Depression, but its larger portrail of life in every generation.Read Full Review of They Shoot Horses, Don't They... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
This novel is a compelling portrait of a particular time and place. Recommended.Read Full Review of They Shoot Horses, Don't They...
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