California Bloodstock

California Bloodstock[PDF / Epub] ☉ California Bloodstock Author Terry McDonell – The brilliant debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Accidental Life   “The twisted truth about where California came from A rare original piece of work” —Hunter S Thompson   California Bl The brilliant debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Accidental Life   “The twisted truth about where California came from A rare original piece of work” —Hunter S Thompson   California Bloodstock is a novel of exploding imagination an epic comic saga of nineteenth century California A fifteen year old heroine seeks revenge and comes of age in the tradition of True Grit Like a female Huckleberry Finn her heart reflects the ironies of history—Manifest Destiny indeed Gold is discovered in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and a rag tag republic is born out of a free for all landscape of blustering and doomed historical players—from John C Freemont and Brigham Young to the Donner Party The mythic “Animal People” gobble peyote while boom town San Francisco rollicks with the unhinged entrepreneurs selling fairy tale schemes to buckskin drifters and New York publishing scions Even the legendary swordsman Zoro is here and at large robbing stagecoaches in the idyllic grasslands that will all too soon become Silicon Valley read it and weep—with laughter as the so called Golden State invents its future. At 23% and this book makes no sense and isn’t entertaining DNF Originally published in 1980 and now decades out of print this slim volume follows a small cast as California blossoms out of a rural settlement and into statehood There’s Taya a dark and brooding young woman who’s tracking down the three men who sexually assaulted her; TD Slant Sr a newspaperman raconteur and generally without shame; TD Jr an artist trying to track down his long absconded dad and a few others who pop in and out of the loose narrative McDonell dips in and out of California’s rich history touching on everything from Russian settlers to civil wars gold rushes to massacres There are occasionally moments of levity but generally this is a grim little book everyone mutters drinks and treats each other like shit Maybe California’s always been a mean placeOne example early in the book Slant writes his own history and pisses off three aimless cruel drifters; they in turn slice off his balls and leave him for dead Ever the opportunist Slant turns this to his advantage When gold hunters started buying little seamless sacks to collect dust Slant weaves his own improbable tale“Early on he purchased a faded pink sack from Joauin Peach No sooner had Peach returned to Sutter’s Fort than old TD started referring to himself as Money Balls claiming his own purse was fashioned from his own scrotum Circumstantially he had no trouble proving it” pg 137It’s a fun spin on the old angle of the self obsessed huckster trying to make a name for himself in whatever angle presents itself Sure it’s in awful taste but very little here is people routinely kill or backstab At least when they’re not treating the Natives like crapNative Americans have an odd place in this book One key character is the mystical spiritual His Own Shadow a shaman who shows up out of the woods to offer cryptic sage wisdom And peyote buttons On the other hand the legion of Worm Eaters are treated in inhuman chattel by the novel’s antagonists who routinely abuse them in any way that comes to mind In addition the pacing’s kind of a mess He jumps all over often in short paragraph long chapters between a good dozen characters The Year of the French on the other hand juggled it’s large cast much successfully Nearly everyone speaks in the same cross voiceA couple of nice jokes aside it’s an ambitious attempt at a metaphorical history of California that I think worked a lot better in theory than it does on the page You could do a lot better but I bet you’re not too likely to stumble across this one either