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The Dark Horse Dark Invader Is A Beautifully Bred Racehorse, But After A Disappointing First Season He Is Sold In Disgrace And Shipped From England To Calcutta With Love And Gentle Handling Darkie Wins The Hearts Of The People And Becomes The Firm Favourite For India S Most Famous Race, The Viceroy CupBut Three Days Before The Race, Dark Invader Disappears Can He Be Found Before It Is Too Late


10 thoughts on “The Dark Horse

  1. says:

    I finished this last night and have been wondering how to talk about it with sounding too gushy Rumer Godden s writing does that to me every time I have read many of her books, from Black Narcissus to Kingfishers Catch Fire She is an author I always watch for at used book sales so when I saw The Dark Horse at my favorite online used bookseller, I grabbed it so fast I should have been awarded the Viceroy s Cup.You know from the title that this is a story about a horse, but of course there are I finished this last night and have been wondering how to talk about it with sounding too gushy Rumer Godden s writing does that to me every time I have read many of her books, from Black Narcissus to Kingfishers Catch Fire She is an author I always watch for at used book sales so when I saw The Dark Horse at my favorite online used bookseller, I grabbed it so fast I should have been awarded the Viceroy s Cup.You know from the title that this is a story about a horse, but of course there are people around the horse, and ultimately this book is mainly about how Dark Invader touched their lives and changed one corner of the world The groom who travels with him to Calcutta, the new owner, the new trainer and his wild but wonderful pack of children, the nun in charge of the convent old folk s home next to Dark Invader s new digs They all experience something very nearly magical after this amazing horse arrives in town This is a feel good book for anyone, not just horse lovers India is brought to vivid life with honesty and respect The people become your friends, the horse your hero And according to the author, the events in this 1981 book actually happened Author s NoteThis story is taken from an event that happened in Calcutta some fifty years ago and has become a legend in Calcutta s racing circles It has been published several times in different versions with a variety of characters, but always as an anecdote among other anecdotes It is documented in the official history of The Royal Calcutta Turf Club, but I have called the Sisters concerned The Sisters of Poverty, because the real Order in the story prefers to remain hidden Godden also makes a sort of dedication hereThis novel is based on a version by Sir Owain Jenkins and aided and abetted by him Right, so of course I was curious the entire time about which real life horse might have been turned into Dark Invader I am not a wizard at internet searching, but I did find Owain Jenkins quite the character and this super list of all winners of the Viceroy s Cup from the first time the race was run to the present guess is that Dark Invader might have been view spoiler Star Of India, who won the Cup three times hide spoiler But in her epilogue, Godden threw me with a conversation between three of the characters that takes place two years after the days of the final chapter view spoiler Dark Invader s first foal is born, and the track vet and loyal friend of all the people and animals involved in the book says that the foal should be named Dark Legend, because the sire was Dark Invader and the dam was Fairytale Well, there really was a Dark Legend He won the Viceroy s Cup race in 1918 1919 Was he the real Dark Invader, with a little juggling of the calendar by Godden hide spoiler Whoever The Dark Horse was in real life, his story is a clear winner


  2. says:

    20th century novelist Rumer Godden 1907 1998 was born in England but raised in British India actually in the part that s today Bangladesh , and spent much of her life there This short gem of a novel is set in Calcutta s high stakes horse racing milieu, ca 1932, and fictionalizes what is said to be a real life incident, imaginatively recreated here with the flair of a master writer Godden brings to her tale something of the feel of Kipling, a touch of Dickens, a palpable love and feel for h 20th century novelist Rumer Godden 1907 1998 was born in England but raised in British India actually in the part that s today Bangladesh , and spent much of her life there This short gem of a novel is set in Calcutta s high stakes horse racing milieu, ca 1932, and fictionalizes what is said to be a real life incident, imaginatively recreated here with the flair of a master writer Godden brings to her tale something of the feel of Kipling, a touch of Dickens, a palpable love and feel for horses, and a style that s all her own Around her four legged title character and he s a character as realized as the humans a perfectly crafted plot entwines the lives of a cast of characters a wealthy horse owner, a trainer and his unconventional family, an ex jockey with a dubious reputation and a convent of nuns How did they get in there Well, you ll just have to read the book and find out A writer in the Realist tradition which doesn t mean she s without emotional sensibility, or an openness to a touch of the miraculous , Godden brings the Calcutta of that day its beauty, its exotic quality, its extremes of wealth and poverty, its teeming polyglot masses Brits, Indians and Chinese Christians, Hindus and Moslems the high and the lowly to vivid life, with just the right amount of description and sensory appeal to allow readers who haven t been there to experience it Her characterizations are wonderfully real all of the important characters and many of the minor ones could practically walk off the page A noticeable feature of her style is the frequent incorporation of flashback vignettes directly into the real time narrative to illuminate and clarify it This is never done in a confusing way, however some readers would probably dislike the technique, but for me it enriched and fleshed out the narrative She incorporates a wealth of solid, textured detail about horse raising and racing, Indian culture and conventual life seamlessly into her story, with no info dumps As the story unfolds, you first come to care for all of the sympathetic characters, and then experience very real tension and suspense as those characters face their challenges.Godden has a sharp eye for social injustice and hypocrisy, and she draws, among other things, a starkly ugly picture of the racism, sexism and lechery of many happily not all of the British and other privileged whites, a world where Indian and mixed race women supposedly exist to be sexually used by entitled British males, but where marrying one for love means much of your race and class will disown you and forever ostracize your wife and kids The author isn t endorsing that, just holding it up to the light of day so we can see how really nauseous it was, and is But she s aware of life s wonderful possibilities as well as its injustices A strong point of the book is the sympathetic treatment of the faith, and the lives of dedicated service, of Mother Morag and the nuns here, which brings a note of Divine grace into a world that s in need of it Godden was herself an adult convert to Roman Catholicism My wife is an avid horse lover, and fond of any books that are horse related that attracted her to this one in a Reader s Digest condensed edition back in 1981, when we read it together A foray into general fiction isn t my most characteristic reading choice nowadays, but I m eager to identify books like this one where I ve forgotten the author or title the latter, in this case so when I suspected that this was the correct title, I wanted to confirm it I m glad I did, and that I finally got to read the book in full, as it was intended to be I found it a wonderfully satisfying and rewarding read its appeal as general fiction goes beyond the narrow confines of horse fiction fans I m not one of the latter but here the human element intertwining with the horse element is what makes the book succeed And I d definitely be open to readingby this author


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    John Quillan, a disillusioned ex British Army officer, has a new addition to his Calcutta stables Dark Invader, beautiful, powerful and fast, but with a checkered racing history With Dark Invader comes Ted Mullins, his stable lad, banished from racing by an old scandal Along with Darkie s owner, Mr Leventine, the four are all dark horses, their promise hidden and perhaps fatally flawed But Mother Morag, superior of the Sisters of Poverty, is a dark horse in her own way When the Sisters h John Quillan, a disillusioned ex British Army officer, has a new addition to his Calcutta stables Dark Invader, beautiful, powerful and fast, but with a checkered racing history With Dark Invader comes Ted Mullins, his stable lad, banished from racing by an old scandal Along with Darkie s owner, Mr Leventine, the four are all dark horses, their promise hidden and perhaps fatally flawed But Mother Morag, superior of the Sisters of Poverty, is a dark horse in her own way When the Sisters have to find a way to replace their own ancient horse, Mother Morag s compassion and shrewd understanding may find a way for her neighbors and their horse to get their second chance.I love Rumer Godden Can you believe my library is getting rid of all her books Why, why why Yes, I got to buy this gem for only a quarter, but really, I would be happier if the library kept making the book available to everyone This is a lovely book a true story, too and Godden s delicious writing and clever insights make it the perfect bedtime reading


  4. says:

    You just have to love wily nuns and horse racing.


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    I ended up reading this book twice At first, I didn t find it as impressive as some of her other books, and I think Rumer Godden is a beautiful writer This seemed, to me, to be just a little out of focus after such gems as In this House of Brede and An Episode of Sparrows It seemed a little too much a told story But Then I reread it It s a subtle, rather quiet story of what must be to many a very strange world upper class Calcutta in the 1930s, and the men who trained racehorses there I ended up reading this book twice At first, I didn t find it as impressive as some of her other books, and I think Rumer Godden is a beautiful writer This seemed, to me, to be just a little out of focus after such gems as In this House of Brede and An Episode of Sparrows It seemed a little too much a told story But Then I reread it It s a subtle, rather quiet story of what must be to many a very strange world upper class Calcutta in the 1930s, and the men who trained racehorses there In just a few words, characters appear, complex and fully alive The most notable of these are Ted Mullins, a middle aged English horseboy John Quillan, an Anglo Irish ex army officer his charming wife Dahlia Mother Morag of the convent down the street and the young horse, Dark Invader himself He is a big, powerful, lazy and kind hearted beast, and he naturally wins many fans But there is trauma in his past Can he overcome it A very satisfying story that left me wanting to knowabout all the characters, perhaps especially the horse That s no bad thing


  6. says:

    I love Rumer Godden s writing, and I loved this book, too, though not as much as some of her others She tells a cracking good story, and is so convincing in her descriptions that one could waste A LOT of time researching the true events on which the novel is based At least I could, and did Though I m frustrated to say I don t think I ve pinpointed the real horse, let alone the actual people.A great, warm hearted story with some memorable characters, including the horse


  7. says:

    In Godden s novels for adults, the atmosphere she creates is usually what carries them, and The Dark Horse is no exception The world of Calcutta in the 30s, the slums, racecourses and animals, are all vivid The story focuses on Dark Invader, a race horse who has failed in England, but under the care of Ted Mullins, an elderly jockey, he comes to life This is an idyllic story with few twists, but is very easy and light to read A good book for a sleepless night.


  8. says:

    It provides the cultural clash of the English, Indians, and horse racing in Calcutta Success can be achieved by the so called failures if the conditions are right for a second chance Even those most compelled by greed can learn the virtue in giving.


  9. says:

    Rumer Godden, RDC M 5 1981, 1982 A true story about an ex British Army officer and the new addition to his horse stables A horse with a checkered racing history Good.


  10. says:

    Didnt enjoy this book it felt too forced and somehow disorganised I usually love Godden s writing but htis one left me cold.


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