Barich debuted in 1980 with this magnificent meditation on horse-racing, yet the rich, full portrait he paints of the track and its colorful citizenry--human and hoofed--is only prelude to the work's enduring appeal. It is really a finely crafted memoir about loss and longing, renewal and affirmation.
Its opening is irresistible: "For me it did not begin with the horses. They came later, after a phone call and a simple statement of fact: Your mother has cancer." Barich copes with that horrible reality as best he can, losing his pain in the drama of the track, and finding himself in a pilgrimage through Renaissance literature and the memories of an earlier part of his life lived in Florence, Italy. If the combination seems a longshot at best, remember: the greater the odds, the better the pay-off, and Laughing in the Hills pays off staggeringly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I didn't enjoy this book at all. It just drones on and I found it very boring. I love racing books but not this one.Published 16 months ago by Marta Pilling
Ever gone to a horse race at a second tier track? Kinda like an Indian Casino as opposed to Nevada style. Where do losers go to win? Read some of Bukowski's take on racetracks. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book came highly recommended and did not disappoint.
I walked away learning a lot and surprisingly it turns out I mirror the author's betting approach; numbers, and... Read more
I love the race track. Some very interesting points were made but on the whole I found it just so-so.Published on October 29, 2012 by Michael Rowan
Loved it! Not only does it take place on my home racetrack - he has woven many familiar names into the storyline. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by marshmell
Back in the 1970s, journalist Bill Barich's mother died after a long, terrible battle with cancer. Barich sought solace by betting at his local racetrack - Golden Gate Fields - in... Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by stoic
This book although a little dated is very informative about the backside of racing. The characters are interestings and artfuly described. Read morePublished on February 6, 2009 by Robert R. Mccalla
Probably the most intelligent, well written book ever published on horse racing. To call it a "sports book" or even a racing book really misses the mark, for it certainly... Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Castle Mclaughlin