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    The Sport of Kings is sweeping, epic, lyrical, great--the new Great American Novel, in fact. Read with a heavy heart and a bourbon in hand; it's worth the time it takes to savour each and every page.
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    While this book does involve horse breeding - specifically for racing - and is centered on that theme, for me, the book itself is a metaphor for horse racing. In the flow of the book I could feel the different gaits of different breeds of horses, from the Walkers with their fancy steps to the Thoroughbreds running wild and free. The pace of the book and its vast reach into regional and global issues mimics the free range of horses in the wild: sometimes a slow and thoughtful walk, sometimes a canter through historical elements, and at other times a full gallop where the tension of your own muscles can be felt as you hold on for dear life. The writing is superb and brings forth family and racial issues in an immediate, in-your-face way. In places it is like the staccato hoof beats of a racer; in other places it is slower paced and factual like a horse grazing. Many times it is uncomfortable and I didn’t want to go there – like a race horse loaded into a trailer for a road trip to yet another racetrack or to a training school. I wanted to kick and scream and get out of that trailer, yet a part of me knew I had to keep going. Would I recommend this book? Yes. It is long (750 pages), it takes you to uncomfortable and even horrific places, but I believe it is a very important book for all of us and is a very good read – as well as a long and sometimes uncomfortable ride.

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