RARA-AVIS: On Faulkner's Knight's Gambit

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Jul 2003

Several of us have mentioned Faulkner's book of crime stories _Knight's Gambit_. I forgot to say that the title story, which is really a short novel, perfectly combines hardboiled characters, the smell of horses and a beautiful love story (an old-fashioned love story, you might say). It's rare to find this particular combination.

Why does the Horse figure so rarely in hardboiled fiction? It surely (with the Bull) is a central metaphor of Vigor and Nobility.

Best regards,


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