They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Paperback
by Horace McCoy
Part of the Serpent's Tail Classics series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/11/2010
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846687396
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Review by HotWolfie
If you like depressing stories with social and political themes, then this is the perfect novella for you. This is a heartbreaking story about disillusionment, poverty, and the loss of the American Dream. I thought it was a good depiction of life during the Depression era and a thought provoking look at corruption. Warning. It is a sad story. So if you hated books like Richard Yates' "Revolutionary Road" or John le Carre's "The Constant Gardener" do not read "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Otherwise, it's a memorable, well written story.
Review by patito-de-hule