Book Review: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy

Are you in the mood for a depressing story? Perfect, I found exactly what you are searching for.

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Easy to read and with a single story line, the book starts with Roberts trial, where he will be sentenced for killing Gloria, his partner from the dance marathon. The book is narrated by Robert and tells his side of the story, starting with the moment he met troubled Gloria, up until he is taken by the police.
McCoy’s book reveals a not so glamorous part of Hollywood and pus in the spotlight the shallowness of those how will do about anything to get the public’s attention. Gloria’s and Robert’s struggle to make it in the world of the stars, along with the repercussions of deep depression will keep you stuck to the book until you finish it.
The name is taken from a story of Robert, whose grandfather had to shoot his favorite horse when it breaks it’s leg, just to put it out of its misery. The young boy doesn’t understand the decision and resents his grandfather for his cruel behavior. He finally understands it when he gets overwhelmed by Gloria’s suffering.

In the year of 1969, the movie with the same name is released. The cast includes  Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, and Susannah York and gets the Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role.

“They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” is one of those books that you love and hate at the same time. Written in an amazing way, it captivates you from the first page and, until the last one, you don’t anticipate the final of the story. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is feeling low, but I would definitely add it to the list of books that should be read in a lifetime.

 

 

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