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The Man Who Rode Ampersand

By Ferdinand Mount, 1939-

Aldous (Gus) Cotton—the asthmatic hero of Ferdinand Mount’s critically acclaimed series A Chronicle of Modern Twilight, including his recent Booker Prize–nominated novel Fairness—has a problem: Its name is Harry, a carouser, an amateur jockey, a compulsive gambler, a charmer with an unfortunate penchant for excess. He also happens to be Gus’s father. Dead set on detaching himself from any paternal and all real-life responsibilities, Harry begins his descent from the heady realm of the racing set—which afforded him the sweet experience of riding Ampersand, the legendary Gold Cup winner, and champagne by the magnum—to an unglamorous but not undramatic existence in a grim world of lice-infected brothels and gambling houses. At the same time, Harry is thrown into the maelstrom of the Second World War, where comedy meets tragedy to ill-fated effect. In all, Harry’s career vibrantly reflects the downward spiral of a once-vigorous nation, and leaves the sometimes amused and frequently appalled Gus trying very hard to love his father.

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2002

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0786710071


Format: Book
Author: Mount, Ferdinand, 1939-
Title: The man who rode Ampersand / Ferdinand Mount.
Publisher Date: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002, c1975.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe -- Fiction. Parent and adult child -- Fiction Fathers and sons -- Fiction Horse racing -- Fiction Gamblers -- Fiction Jockeys -- Fiction. Europe -- Fiction
Isbn: 0786710071
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Mount
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Bib Id: 178280

Format: Book
Author: Mount, Ferdinand, 1939-
Title: The man who rode Ampersand / Ferdinand Mount.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002, c1975.
Description: 245 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe -- Fiction.
Subjects: Parent and adult child -- Fiction
Subjects: Fathers and sons -- Fiction
Subjects: Horse racing -- Fiction
Subjects: Gamblers -- Fiction
Subjects: Jockeys -- Fiction.
Subjects: Europe -- Fiction
LCCN: 2002067252
ISBN: 0786710071
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Mount