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Sweet William: A Memoir of Old Horse

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John Hawkes (author of thirteen previous novels, including The Lime Twig, Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade, Virginie, and The Blood Oranges) is one of American fiction's most honored, irascible - and most unpredictable - talents. Now Hawkes delivers what is destined to become his most popular novel, the autobiography of a wise, witty, unforgettable...horse. Sweet William is fresh and lively, a completely compelling reading experience, and a truly human, humane tale. In this anthropomorphic odyssey, Hawkes ...
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Overview

John Hawkes (author of thirteen previous novels, including The Lime Twig, Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade, Virginie, and The Blood Oranges) is one of American fiction's most honored, irascible - and most unpredictable - talents. Now Hawkes delivers what is destined to become his most popular novel, the autobiography of a wise, witty, unforgettable...horse. Sweet William is fresh and lively, a completely compelling reading experience, and a truly human, humane tale. In this anthropomorphic odyssey, Hawkes takes us into the rough world of Old Horse from his Dickensian youth (marked by the death of his beloved dam), through his years on the racetrack of life, to his relationship with Master, the man whose kindness transforms his beastly life. Old Horse is a figure whose trek through the world's multitude of shifting circumstances symbolizes all the tests and challenges faced by every beast. Hawkes brings real heart and moments of savage humor to this equine saga.

From the National Book Award winner comes the moving novel of Sweet William, an old thoroughbred horse, who recounts the trials and tribulations of his life. Sweet William shares the glory of his days as a race horse--and as a broken-down mount transformed by the kindness of a strange old man.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a highly imaginative and compelling work fully in character with his reputation as a literary maverick, Hawkes ( Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade ) offers a fascinating new perspective on the mix of instinct, emotion, reflex and reason that is the birthright of all intelligent life. Using the wise, weary voice of a misanthropic thoroughbred--known in various stages of his life as Sweet William, Old Horse and Petrarch--Hawkes fashions an engaging, picaresque tale of his equine narrator's triumphs, hardships and discoveries. Soon after William's birth, his dam dies a horrible death. This tragedy, combined with the inept responses of the humans in charge and the indifference of his surrogate mother, warps Sweet William's character and provokes in him a violent, rebellious streak that will bring him no end of tribulation. Now, tempered by hard-earned wisdom and hindsight, William reflects on his life--as a young colt, a racehorse, a riding-school nag and finally as the haggard mount of an eccentric old man he calls ``Master.'' He is a captivating storyteller whose experience and insight are valuable for readers of all species. Employing an uncharacteristically courtly tone that may surprise his longtime readers, Hawkes fills this account with rich color and winning detail; indeed, this is a virtuoso performance, with William's voice rendered in masterful prose. ( Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140236163
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hawkes is the author of sixteen books of fiction, including Sweet William, Adventures in the Alaskan Skin Trade, and The Blood Oranges (all available from Penguin). He is Professor of English Emeritus at Brown University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    The horse as a person or the person within the horse.

    Just happened upon this book and didn't expect too much. I loved it and 'choked up' when I tried to tell the ending to my wife. You will remember Sweet William if you get to know him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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