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The Dark Horse

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 Cup.
But three days before the race, Dark Invader disappears. Can he be found before it
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published January 11th 1982 by Viking Books (first published January 1st 1981)
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Mar 12, 2015 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: General fiction fans, esp. fans of horse-themed tales or novels set in India
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Didnt enjoy this book - it felt too forced and somehow disorganised. I usually love Godden's writing but htis one left me cold.
I liked it. A horse, a jockey,(lad) and nuns all get a second chance.
You just have to love wily nuns and horse racing.
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Fans of British W...: The Dark Horse, by Rumer Godden 26 4 Mar 20, 2015 02:50PM  
She was born in Sussex, England, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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