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The sport is cockfighting and Frank Mansfield is the cockfighter a silent and fiercely contrary man whose obsession with winning will cost hi. 35 StarsThe interesting thing about this book is that it is essentially the classic underdog sports story that is popular in a lot of movies television and books but instead of focusing on a football player or boxer it s about a man who trains chickens to fight to the death It s told from the point of view of Frank Mansfield a respected cockfighter who at the books opening loses all of his money his car his mobile home and his ace cock Sandspur after being defeated by his rival Now with only a few bucks in his pocket and the clothes on his back we witness him doggedly work his way to the top in his pursuit of the Cockfighter of the Year AwardFrank isn t the best of guys and is for all intents and purposes an asshole But you feel his complete passion and dedication to not only the game but the art and craft of conditioning a fighting cock It s actually pretty inspiring but it s also pretty sad as he shuns and alienates many people who love him in his pursuit of his dream We even find him years into a vow of silence he s taken until he wins the award This level of passion is what drives the novel It s hard to see a guy so dedicated and not root for him to win Also the level of detail in depicting the world of Southern cockfighting is staggering You get the feeling that Willeford definitely has some first hand knowledgeThe story itself is actually pretty traditional and I could even see some of the cock training marathons in my head as I read and also hear the Rocky movie montage music playing in the background Maybe that was a little disappointing how traditional the plot is There s not really much else to the story which surprised me after reading both Pick up and Wild Wives from Willeford both of which felt anything but traditional And obviously there s a lot of violence involving chickens which is really hard to take at times so if you are really sensitive about that stuff you shouldn t read this one

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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

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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. 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 never what I anticipated Frank Mansfield is an arsehole one hundred percent almost Reacher esue in his sad white man wish fulfilment nature always right always better than anyone else he comes in contact with and complete with Sam Allardyce levels of hubris that I felt sure this would be an unreliable narrator who gets his comeuppence come the final chapter And yet he is such a good window in to this entirely alien world and lifestyle and me with my own collection of hens too I ve seen the Warren Oates movie thanks to some fine fellow on this website sending me a copy but I can t remember much of this book being in it Both are highly enjoyable entertainment in their own right however


10 thoughts on “Cockfighter

  1. says:

    ”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

  2. says:

    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 enduring pleasures that of watching films whose books I've read or plan to read and of making fantasy films of the

  3. says:

    35 StarsThe interesting thing about this book is that it is essentially the classic underdog sports story that is popular in a lot of movies television and books but instead of focusing on a football player or boxer it's about a man

  4. says:

    Charles Willeford's villains are tough self assured and manly men who are convinced about their own uniueness They also have a sneering contempt

  5. says:

    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 know

  6. says:

    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 encourag

  7. says:

    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 never what I anticipated Frank Mansfield is an arsehole one hundred percent almost Reacher esue in his sad white man wish fulfilment nature always right always better than anyone else he com

  8. says:

    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 give

  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 am

  10. says:

    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 and pelted by chicke