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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. 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 books I read that haven t got films Thanks Paul for growing me a spine and for giving me that deeply satisfying fantasy life He died in 1986 so this is in the nature of valediction than praiseAnywayI recommend the book to men because it s about us at our most male and least woman centered It s brutal and tough and awful It s a clarion call to the smarter ones of us to look at what s actually going on in our heads and fucking stop it already Not because women don t like us for what they ve done to us but because hurting ourselves is just damned stupid The cult of macho is a male reaction to rejection and judgment as Willeford presents it this being what I ve observed it had me nodding along as I read the bookWhere the film falls down I think is in the nature of the storytelling medium On its surface this film s about how a man decides not to live with a woman but to sell every damn thing he owns and double down on the world of cockfighting Ultimately this works out in the sense that his cock wins the championshipNot one single human female would watch this movie and think oh that was fun The image of women in it is as emasculating damaging emotional black holes Yeah great date night flick eh what And men come off as damnfool eedjits without a lick of sense That both these things are true doesn t make them any easier to swallow And on film there are lost nuances because actors speaking lines aren t readers absorbing language use on multiple levels So it s no wonder to me that this film tankedBut it s a misunderstood work of art Cockfighter is Its darkest moments and grimmest interpretations are all true and accurate That s intentional on Willeford s part based on the entirety of his ouevre Go here to read a really really interesting academic take on Willeford as writer and man manu The levels and ideas that this brutal cruel emotionally stopped body of work contains are rewarding to unpick and enjoyable to contemplateFor Y chromosome bearers

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Cockfighter

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 fold

  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 fant

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    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 ac

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    Charles Willeford's villains are tough self assured and manly men who are convinced about their own uniueness They also have a sneering contempt for ordinary life and people who in their opinion are ordinary Here is FrederickJ Fenger Jr reacting to his newly acuired girlfriend's ambition to buy a Burger King franchise in Miami Blues I can't see any point to hanging around a Burger King all day no matter how much money y

  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 co

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    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 w

  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 comes in contact with and complet

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    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 given moment well most given moments is return to the next pageThe uote at the beginning of the book is from Ezra

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    On pure techniue writing style and ability to portray a culture this book should get five stars But while the sh

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    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 chicken feed Thanks for the recommend Mike view spoileryou silly cock sucker 8P hide spoiler