Re: RARA-AVIS: shooting horses and thieves

From: William Denton (
Date: 16 May 2002

On 16 May 2002, Robison Michael R CNIN wrote:

: i finished mccoy's _they shoot horses, don't they?_. i could not
: become interested in the plot (if there was one) or the characters.
: the girl spent the book doing a sylvia plath "i wish i were dead"
: routine and in the end he was dumb enough to ruin his life too by
: helping her out.

I really liked the book. My copy has the novel (which is short) and the screenplay of the 1969 Sydney Pollack adaptation, which starred Michael Sarrazin, Jane Fonda, and Gig Young, who's astounding. He gives a blistering performance. Highly recommended for anyone on the list. Book and movie, both classics about poor desperate people trying to get by and failing.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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