They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy

Read the story eons ago, now I catch the famous film……

Description: The marathon dance craze flourished during the 1930s, but the underside was a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms–a dark side that Horace McCoy’s classic American novel powerfully captures. “Were it not in its physical details so carefully documented, it would be lurid beyond itself.”

I’d forgotten the depth of the misery here, maybe King’s Lindy Hopping had given me rosy glasses in the interim!

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