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The Jockey: Short Story - Book Review

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2014
Carson McCullers photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959 July 31

The Jockey is a short story depicting a moment in the life of individuals who ride horses as a profession to provide for themselves and others as a means of living.

The descriptions of the jockey from his gestures, to the movements "the jockey came to the doorway of the dining room, then after a moment stepped to one side and stood motionless, with his back to the wall." It's interesting and intriguing to read the point of view of others, especially interesting moreover of why certain stereotypes of people can be identified when reading descriptions of characters; the jockey is described by having 'crêpy eyes', "shadowed hollows at his temples and his mouth was set in a wiry smile."

Small, easy/light of build men are more than not deemed of appearance in fact the job description requires that, but how Carson McCullers takes these physical attributes and contracts them to develop the characters personality is an aspect that is insightful.

Readers will find that as they continue through the narrative, more and more characteristics of the jockey become pronounced leading up to a climax at the end where a meeting discussing business matters turn sour.

Although it is a short story, there is enough good dialogue and the occasional humorous descriptions to keep the average readers attention.
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