They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 26th 2011
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Edition language: English
I watched the movie for an American mystery class in college. I bought the book in an omnibus for that class as well, but reading this particular book was not one of the requirements, so I just now got around to it.If I recall correctly, the background events are completely different between the boo...
From Casual Debris. A minor anecdote in history, the marathon dances of the 1930s, proves to be an appropriate setting through for examining the individual's place in the world. Having worked in such a setting, Horace McCoy makes vivid not only the torturous experiences of the event, but helps to ...
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There's only one horse in this book and the poor thing only gets half a page of story in which it also unfortunately gets shot - personally, I think this is the one moving bit of the novel and perhaps [b:They Shoot Horses, Don't They?|152052|They Shoot Horses, Don't They?|Horace McCoy|http://d202m5k...
Robert and Gloria enter a marathon dance contest with $1000 as the top prize. Too bad Gloria thinks about death more than winning...Horace McCoy is bleak enough to be one of Jim Thompson's drinking buddies. This tale is really slim but also kind of exhausting. McCoy's depiction of a dance contest...
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