[Cockfighter free] E-pub By Charles Willeford



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    ”If a man accepts life logically the unexpected is actually the expected” Willeford played a part in the 1974 movieFr

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    I have absolutely no idea how this book and its movie came back to the surface of my mind I watched the film in 1975 I think and I'm sure it was with Paul the film student He was also a drunk and to date the only lover I've ever had that I allowed to hit meCome to think on it he's also the source of one of my most endurin

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    35 StarsThe interesting thing about this book is that it is essentially the classic underdog sports story that is popular i

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    Charles Willeford's villains are tough self assured and manly men who are convinced about their own uniueness They also have a sneering contempt for ordinary life and people who in their opinion are ordinary Here is FrederickJ Fenger Jr reacting to his newly acuired girlfriend's ambition to buy a Burger King franchise in Miami Blues I can't see any point to hanging around a Burger King all day no matter how m

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    This is hands down the best Brett Favre biography ever I was impressed by Charles Willeford's ability twenty two years after his death to explore the competitive milieu of peen pic texting There is a whole subculture surrounding this primeval sport in which grown men digitize their dangle not merely to woo the female of the species but to compete against each other in those bloody bread and circuses arenas known as celeb

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    I wouldn't know how to classify this novel if anyone asked me to I don't think I could even summarize it in a way that would encourage others to read it There isn't much of a plot as there is an episodic account of a top tier cockfighter's journey in and around Florida in the early 70's in his pursuit to ualify for a huge cockfighting tourna

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    Fascinating and uniue pure Willeford with a hint of Jim Thompson about things How often can you tell people that you are reading a first person narrative of a voluntarily mute cockfighter It's incredibly well written and nev

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    Books like Cockfighter remind me of how I came to love literature in the first place It offers a wonderful sense o

  9. says:

    On pure techniue writing style and ability to portray a culture this book should get five stars But while the shop talk about cockfighting is amazingly detailed and impressive I could give a rat's ass about cockfighting I never would have read a book with that much shop talk about anything though admittedly I loved Gun Work by David J Schow so I guess I'm a hypocrite I also find it kind of hard to take the vio

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    This sounds very Michael Vick ish but this book seems like a how to ghost written by someone I knew For reasons I cannot disclose here I will not comment further for fear of being ironically tarred and feathered

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CHARACTERS ´ JIMFORD.CO.UK ☆ Charles Willeford

The sport is cockfighting and Frank Mansfield is the cockfighter a silent and fiercely contrary man whose obsession with winning will cost hi If a man accepts life logically the unexpected is actually the expected Willeford played a part in the 1974 movieFrank Mansfield makes an ill advised bet that will leave him in dire straits All I had left was a folded ten dollar bill in my watch pocket and one dead chicken He bets everything including his truck and trailer on one cockfight and loses He has a girlfriend of sorts named Dody She was as strong as a tractor but not uite as intelligent He can t afford her upkeep on only ten dollars so he lets her go with the trailer Frank in the midst of his trials and tribulations is always a practical man He knows what he can do and what he can t do He has kept his fiance waiting for the past eight years because being on the cockfighting circuit keeps him away from home too much to keep a bride happy He has one goal to obtain It has been his white whale his odyssey He wants to be named Cockfighter of the Year of the Southern Conference Tournament He s had his chances Bad luck and sometimes his own hubris have cost him a chance at the title In an effort to separate himself from his past mistakes and to free his future for success Frank takes a vow of silence He thinks his punishment is not talking but in reality it is the fact that when people find out he doesn t talk they turn him into their confessional It makes sense right Who is Frank going to tell And what an opportunity to unburden themselves and boy do they ever Cockfighting is a blood sport much like bullfighting and I abhor the use of animals for sport including hunting The subject matter of this book kept me from reading it for decades but I kept reading references to it comparing it to Homer s Odyssey and that it s considered to be Willeford s masterpiece I ve been on a Willeford reading kick lately so I finally decided it was time I understand the references to the Odyssey but as I read the book I kept thinking of Ahab putting everything else aside and risking his life to finally catch his white whale Frank also puts everything on hold to do everything he can to win the coveted Cockfighter of the Year award Willeford does not candy coat cockfighting The blood will fly and there is one particularly brutal moment that I will never forget Willeford as he always does puts his readers right in the middle of the action It is readily evident that Willeford has done his research and certainly has spent some time down in the pits watching or participating I do believe I learned about cockfighting from this novel than if I d read a manuel The right feel of a gamecock is indescribable Maybe it is an instinct of some kind but if a man ever gets the right feel of a perfectly conditioned gamecock in his fingers his fingers never forget Charles Willeford wrote the screenplay for the 1974 movie based on his bookWhat Willeford is exploring in this novel is obsession He just happens to use cockfighting as his vehicle to root at the truth of an enthusiasm that becomes a neurotic passion It is only incidental that Frank Mansfield is a cockfighter he is a man with an obsession and the novel could just as easily have been about an insurance salesman or an account executive for an advertising firm Frank Mansfield is a fascinating character A man s man who accepts setbacks stoically and continues to battle his way back to the moment that the medal he has sought for so long is within his grasp What then I often think about who Ahab would have been if he had defeated his white whale Once you ve achieved a goal like that what comes next Who will Frank be What will be the first thought on his mind when he wakes up every morning When people put all their effort into one goal they tend to eventually be successful The problem of course is all the debris they leave in their wake of family friends career and security The journey is much exciting than the actual achievement So would Frank be fulfilled by never winning That is what good writing is about leaving us much to ruminant on long after we finish the book If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics life Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed logically the unexpected is actually the expected Willeford played a part in the 1974 movieFrank Mansfield makes an ill advised bet that will Down and Out in Paris and London leave him in dire straits All I had The French Cafe left was a folded ten dollar bill in my watch pocket and one dead chicken He bets everything including his truck and trailer on one cockfight and Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry loses He has a girlfriend of sorts named Dody She was as strong as a tractor but not uite as intelligent He can t afford her upkeep on only ten dollars so he PHP Pocket Reference lets her go with 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participating I do believe I Tokyo Kill learned about cockfighting from this novel than if I d read a manuel The right feel of a gamecock is indescribable Maybe it is an instinct of some kind but if a man ever gets the right feel of a perfectly conditioned gamecock in his fingers his fingers never forget Charles Willeford wrote the screenplay for the 1974 movie based on his bookWhat Willeford is exploring in this novel is obsession He just happens to use cockfighting as his vehicle to root at the truth of an enthusiasm that becomes a neurotic passion It is only incidental that Frank Mansfield is a cockfighter he is a man with an obsession and the novel could just as easily have been about an insurance salesman or an account executive for an advertising firm Frank Mansfield is a fascinating character A man s man who accepts setbacks stoically and continues to battle his way back to the moment that the medal he has sought for so Unbroken The Reaper Diaries long is within his grasp What 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M almost everything In this haunting ribald and percussively violent work the author of Hoke Moseley detective novels yields a floodlit visio This is hands down the best Brett Favre biography ever I was impressed by Charles Willeford s ability twenty two years after his death to explore the competitive milieu of peen pic texting There is a whole subculture surrounding this primeval sport in which grown men digitize their dangle not merely to woo the female of the species but to compete against each other in those bloody bread and circuses arenas known as celebrity dong blogs Is Favre s prize cock with its saintly Mexican name Intercepcion able to survive in the ring against the chanticleer of Kanye West named Gold Digger natch What are the odds that the fallen from grace B can redeem himself by defeating the prodigious genital proboscis of Santonio Holmes or Greg Oden just two of the trou dropping athletes in recent months to go full wang dang doodleBut perhaps most impressive are the strange rituals by which men gild their otherwise tumescent lilies to gain a competitive edge Who knew that Favre takes a razor blade to his Sandspur to carve grooves into it to give the appearance it s battle scarred than it really is thus raising the odds against him Who knew of how underhandedly bettors themselves will break into the training routines of poor Grady Size whose name couldn t be Dickensian than Dickens own in this context to size up his chances for taking his arch and decidedly curved enemy Little David It s this wealth of detail that makes Willeford s second best book after The Burnt Orange Heresy so authoritativeOf course being pulp there has to be some stock characters and impotent plotting The femme fatale in this case is the fetching and onomatopoetically ominous Michelle Metro who must keep Brett from leaving the business because she sells cockfighting magazines for com She s hott for sure but the world of the testicular wattle isn t for women The story structure is also delightfully shambolic a byproduct of the days when you cranked out a novel in thirty days to pay your electricity bill and to buy some pube straightener In this case the hero is one minute a master of his chosen domain name only to become out of nowhere a talented mother guitar plucker in an episodic excursion that seems included only because that s where the author s narrative rod led him There s also a weird and wholly misplaced subplot about a shady pharmaceutical flim flam man probably a veiled Viagra allegory is my guess But in the end you forgive these structural flaws because they give the hero dimension and keep him from seeming past his prime after twenty some seasons in the cocking leagues In the end that s what we love a beautiful loser who knows he s no hero Someone who probably understands a 31 3 castration by his former teammates is a sign from the gods that he s wilted beyond repair Willeford was awesome at capturing those type of men and while sportscasters grouse that we indulge in SchadenFavre please critics no Schadenfreude riffs retire the fucking word already and wear something else out for a while like Ted Nugent s favorite German catchphrase wang dang sweet weltanschauung I think what we really want is an opportunity to empathize rather than feel superior Love the fallen they need the stroking than those still stiff with hubris The Last Runaway lilies to gain a competitive edge Who knew that Favre takes a razor blade to his Sandspur to carve grooves into it to give the appearance it s battle scarred than it really is thus raising the odds against him Who knew of how underhandedly bettors themselves will break into the training routines of poor Grady Size whose name couldn t be Dickensian than Dickens own in this context to size up his chances for taking his arch and decidedly curved enemy Little David It s this wealth of detail that makes Willeford s second best book after The Burnt Orange Heresy so authoritativeOf course being pulp there has to be some stock characters and impotent plotting The femme fatale in this case is the fetching and onomatopoetically ominous Michelle Metro who must keep Brett from On Tidy Endings leaving the business because she sells cockfighting magazines for com She s hott for sure but the world of the testicular wattle isn t for women The story structure is also delightfully shambolic a byproduct of the days when you cranked out a novel in thirty days to pay your electricity bill and to buy some pube straightener In this case the hero is one minute a master of his chosen domain name only to become out of nowhere a talented mother guitar plucker in an episodic excursion that seems included only because that s where the author s narrative rod Flat World Navigation led him There s also a weird and wholly misplaced subplot about a shady pharmaceutical flim flam man probably a veiled Viagra allegory is my guess But in the end you forgive these structural flaws because they give the hero dimension and keep him from seeming past his prime after twenty some seasons in the cocking A House of My Own Stories from My Life leagues In the end that s what we Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, love a beautiful El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro loser who knows he s no hero Someone who probably understands a 31 3 castration by his former teammates is a sign from the gods that he s wilted beyond repair Willeford was awesome at capturing those type of men and while sportscasters grouse that we indulge in SchadenFavre please critics no Schadenfreude riffs retire the fucking word already and wear something else out for a while Fragonard Art and Eroticism like Ted Nugent s favorite German catchphrase wang dang sweet weltanschauung I think what we really want is an opportunity to empathize rather than feel superior Love the fallen they need the stroking than those still stiff with hubris

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N of the cockpits and criminal underbelly of the rural south First published in 1962 by Charles Willeford later made into a Roger Corman film Books like Cockfighter remind me of how I came to love literature in the first place It offers a wonderful sense of being transported to an entirely different place seeing the world through the eyes of others and then ensuring that I m so captivated by a series of events that all I want to do in life at a given moment well most given moments is return to the next pageThe uote at the beginning of the book is from Ezra Pound What matters is not the idea a man holds but the depth at which he holds it There s plenty of depth in evidence here as protagonist Frank takes the reader into the life of a serious cockfighterFrank is such a passionate man that he s vowed unbeknownst to anyone else to remain silent until he gains the coveted mark of respect that is the silver medal that marks someone out as the cock handler of the year sniggers really don t fit on this occasion He explains himself a little here No one other than myself knew about my vow and I could have broken it at any time without losing face But I would know and I had to shave every day That last phrase is the kind of poetic turn that give the story an extra edge Willeford allows his character to tell his tale without relying on the mundaneWhen we meet Frank he s on the cusp of losing everything his money his last fighting bird his car and his trailer home on one fight with an old adversary It s a hugely dramatic opening and at risk of spoiling that drama look away now it ends up with Frank leaving the pit with only 10 a coop a few clothes and a guitarGiven a lift by an old friend who has been forced to retire he s offered the chance to buy the perfect bird Icarus for the hugely inflated sum of 500 Frank has a choice to promise to buy the bird or to give up the game and return home to marry his patient conservative fianc e Frank s passion means there s only one option and he sets off to find the money he needsWhat follows is the engrossing seuence of events that will lead up to Frank having the chance to make his personal dream come trueCockfighter reads like a novel from the depression era but is set in the 1960s In some ways it points to the hangover of values that are old fashioned in ways that might be seen as good and bad Frank has his own mixture of values and his own liberalish views are often contradicted by his animal self or by society Race and gender are particular areas of interest hereHe holds strong opinions on the nature of work and the illusions created by a capitalist society When looking for a job he comments The majority of the situations that were open in the agate columns were for salesmen And a man who can t talk can t sell anything Or on bigger dreams I liked the man for what he was and respected him for what he was trying to be But unlike me Doc lived with a dream that was practically unattainable All I wanted to be was the best cockfighter who had ever lived Doc who had already reached his late fifties wanted to be a big time capitalist and financier The series of adventures in the book are brilliantly told There s a wonderful use of dramatic tension which left me hungry to find out what would happen next When the final full stop was reached my appetite was entirely satisfied Here s a book the likes of which I wish I could write myself Given the talent on show and my own limitations that s very unlikely but just like Frank I don t see the harm in setting such a high goal Maybe I should take a vow of silence if nothing else I suspect my wife and colleagues would be happier that wayTremendous Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) later made into a Roger Corman film Books Heads of the Colored People like Cockfighter remind me of how I came to A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults love The Syrian Rebellion literature in the first place It offers a wonderful sense of being transported to an 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