Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son (Paperback)

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Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son (Paperback)

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From the award-wining author of Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan's first book, Blood Horses, combines personal reflections about his father and an in-depth look at the history and culture of Thoroughbred racehorses.

Winner of a 2004 Whiting Writers' Award

"Sullivan has found the transcendent in the horse."--Sports Illustrated

One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. "I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?"

John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really-but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby in pursuit of what Edwin Muir called "our long-lost archaic companionship" with the horse. The result-winner of a National Magazine Award and named a Book of the Year by The Economist magazine-is an unprecedented look at Equus caballus, incorporating elements of memoir, reportage, and the picture gallery.

In the words of the New York Review of Books, Blood Horses "reads like Moby-Dick as edited by F. Scott Fitzgerald . . . Sullivan is an original and greatly gifted writer."

John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQ, Harper's Magazine, and Oxford American, and is the author of Blood Horses and Pulphead. Sullivan lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Product Details ISBN: 9780312423766
ISBN-10: 0312423764
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: April 1st, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English

“Wisdom that is both personal and universal . . . Brilliant” —Chicago Tribune

“A splendid account of [the] Triple Crown . . . In horses' beauty and power, and with their hint of danger even when schooled, Sullivan senses a restoration of what has been lost to us.” —The New York Times

“As unconventionally lovely a book as you are likely to read for some time.” —The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“A clear picture of a highly specialized world . . . A gem of curiosity.” —The Associated Press

“Sullivan subtly extends the theme of bloodlines to make this book as much about family as it is about horses . . . Its appeal isn't limited to the equine crowd.” —Outside