Chess Behind Bars

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John McKenna
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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Postby John McKenna » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:13 pm

Gordon Cadden wrote:
NickFaulks wrote:
Gordon Cadden wrote:John Healy was a vagrant

Isn't that racial abuse nowadays?

Would you prefer gentleman of the road, or hobo ?


'Hobo' is American English.

British English 'tramp' is more common here, or used to be, than 'vagrant'.

[Note that in American parlance a 'tramp' is a loose woman.]

As for "gentlemen of the road" that term was originally coined for mounted highwaymen.
The socially inferior infantry of the criminal fraternity were called 'footpads'.
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

Kevin Thurlow
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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Postby Kevin Thurlow » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:53 am

"Kevin, they haven't quoted your review!! "

The other reviewers were doubtless sent a copy of the book, and they supplied the publishers with the review. I bought the book and the publishers probably don't know I reviewed it. Or it could be that the other reviews are better written!


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