They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy
(Serpent's Tail Classics)

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A rather morbidly fascinating book, extremely well done, and set in a unique frame.
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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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Horace McCoy was born near Nashville, Tennessee in 1897. During his lifetime he travelled all over the US as a salesman and taxi-driver and his varied career included reporting, sports editing, acting as bodyguard to a politician, doubling for a wrestler, and writing for films and magazines. A founder of the celebrated Dallas Little Theatre, his novels include I Should Have Stayed Home (1938), and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1948). He died in 1955.
 
Published May 26, 2011 by Serpent's Tail. 130 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent

A rather morbidly fascinating book, extremely well done, and set in a unique frame.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Apr 23 2011

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.

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Excellent
on Jun 02 2012

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.

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Good
on Oct 24 2010

This novel is a compelling portrait of a particular time and place. Recommended.

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