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The Dart League King: A Novel Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Let me put it another way, I've read this book four times and I hate reading. Then I lent it to someone and they never gave back so I bought another copy for no other reason than to have a copy again.
I don't want to give away any details, but the book primarily takes place on the evening of the Dart Championship in a small town in Idaho. All of the characters lives intersect and some major secrets are revealed. The book has a very big twist ending that I did not anticipate. Morris had a beautiful way of tying up the story with epilogue. It's a really sad novel, with a lot of harsh realities and a few gruesome moments. I feel like it will stick with me, as I have been really thinking about it a lot in the past twenty-four hours.
One minor thing, the end of the book has the list of Dart League rules, as drafted by the main character. I wish this had been placed at the beginning of the book, as I did not clearly understand some of the rules. If I had realized that it was in the back and in no way compromised the integrity of the story, I would have used it for reference
Initially I wasn't too impressed. Sure, the guy knew darts, but I thought the whole coke thing was just an attempt to give his characters some false sense of depth. However, about fifty pages into the story, there's a drowning scene that just really hit me; really jarred me because the victim had annoyed me, but I was sympathetic. I mean, (and if you've not read the book I'm trying to be as vague as I possibly can so I don't give much away) the lady didn't annoy me so much as I understood the character from whose perspective Morris was writing from in the chapter... but when she drowns... "man," I thought, "how cold."
That point in the story had me re-evaluate my whole opinion of the characters in the book. All of the characters are believable, quirky, a bit gritty, but human. Exception: it took me a while to consider a twenty-three year old a realistic prospect for the head of a dart league; a post normally filled by middle-aged guys.
I'd check out another Keith Morris book in the future.
"The Dart League King" is a psychological novel revolving around a group of people in Lake Garnet, ID--mostly men who sell and ingest cocaine. They're small-town people who've known one another through generation to the next.
One of Morris' many fascinating and pleasurable achievements in this book is that despite the characters' serious limitations, they're immediately people you care about and enjoy. The dialogue is filled with common if vulgar terms that Morris uses almost rhythmically so that the emphatic words do in fact emphasize each character's speech. Further, the dialogue not only rings true and sounds natural but amazed me by being beautiful.
Among the group is one young single mother who has factored in the lives of, or merely attracted most of the men. Morris writes the novel in an intimate, interior third person and the one woman struck me as real and vivid as the men. (I notice when men write inside a woman's mind, and as a woman myself I judge what seems believable and what seems like a man's idea of how women are.)
Somewhere I saw "The Dart League King" described as a man's book: but this is one novel I would not limit like that.
Kelly is central to the plot and her fate is the one that's critical. She's not radically different from the male characters except that as a mother, many of her thoughts and actions involve caring for other people and putting them first. The men have no overriding need to care about anyone but themselves and by and large they don't.Read more ›
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absolutely the worst book I have ever read. Terrible stereotypical characters. Terrible plot line. Lots of over done cliche. Overall just a poorly written book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sers
helo..... i am not a good in inglish language sorry......... i am from place name of ukrayina........... i am not good on computer..... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JZ
Absolute garbage. Completely uninteresting. Who the hell writes a novel on darts???Published 22 months ago by Stephen Ogletree
It was really hard to read this book and make jazz hands at the same time. I had to take my tiny polka-dot gloves off to vomit daintily. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Kristen M.
I thought this book was very stereotypical and, frankly, uninteresting. The character does coke on the second page as if to say "Ooooo look at me. I'm cool; I write about drugs. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Lucas Hood
Once the clock starts in this novel, it moves ahead relentlessly, chugging towards, maybe not the sadness that you expect, but sadness nonetheless, and after a brief moment of... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Zach Powers