33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I first read "The Comedians" around thirty years ago and then again around twenty years ago. Remembering how much I enjoyed and admired the novel I have just finished re-reading it and have now sadly closed the book.
It is an extremely satisfying novel written by one of the finest novelists of the 20th century.
The three main characters are the men, Brown, Smith (with the feisty Mrs. Smith) and Jones who meet as strangers on board the cargo-ship "Medea" bound from New York to Haiti where their paths cross and re-cross.
Brown, the main character, is a rootless hotelier with a shady past and without faith or hope.
Smith is a one-time American Presidential Candidate on an… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For anybody with any interest in racehorses and gambling Hitting the Turf is a little gem and a must-read.
I bought it when it was first published around 1997 (?) and I've re-read it many times. I can open at it on any page and be immediately drawn into it.
Eccentrics, heros (and eccentric heros), hard luck stories, fools and horses are all there
David Ashforth writes a series of anecdotes superbly well that are informative, interesting and in very many places laugh-out-load hilarious.
Not a boring page in sight.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am a great Leonard fan and have read all his books but found this one a touch predictable and ultimately disappointing.
Perhaps it was because not long ago I read "Public Enemies" by Bryan Burrough which deals faction-style with all the infamous criminals of the early thirties and The Hot Kid read like a condensed fictional verison of that book.
Nevertheless Leonard is without doubt one of the great story tellers of our time and this is still a good read. Go and buy it then read Burroughs' book.