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The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel by Lawrence Osborne

By Lawrence Osborne

Book Details:

ISBN: 0804137978
EAN: 9780804137973
ASIN: 0804137978
Publisher: Hogarth
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Number of Pages: 272
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

Synopsis from Amazon:

A riveting story of possibility and obsession set within the fascinating international of Macau's casinos, by way of the writer of the severely acclaimed The Forgiven.
As evening falls on Macau and the neon indicators that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – "Lord Doyle" to his fellow gamers – descends into his on line casino of option to test his good fortune on the baccarat tables which are the anchor of his present lifestyles. A corrupt English legal professional who has escaped prosecution by means of fleeing to the East, Doyle spends his nights consuming and playing and his days slumbering off his excesses, always haunted by way of his prior. Taking safe haven in a sequence of louche and dimly lit lodges, he watches his fortune upward thrust and fall because the playing cards make a decision his destiny.
In a second of hindrance he meets Dao-Ming, an enigmatic chinese language lady who seems to be a denizen of the casinos similar to himself, and turns out to provide him salvation within the kind of either funds and love. yet as Doyle makes an attempt to make an extraordinary and precise connection, all that he accepts as truth appears slipping from his grasp. 
Resonant of classics through Dostoevsky and Graham Greene, The Ballad of a Small Player is a undying story steeped in eerie suspense and wealthy atmosphere.

GoodReads writer Information:

Author Name: Lawrence Osborne

Author Description: Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist at present dwelling in big apple City.

Osborne was once proficient at Cambridge and Harvard, and has because led a nomadic lifestyles, dwelling for years in France, Italy, Morocco, the U.S., Mexico, Thailand and Istanbul.

He is the writer of the unconventional Ania Malina, a ebook approximately Paris, Paris Dreambook, the essay assortment The Poisoned embody, a debatable ebook approximately autism referred to as American common, and 3 next trip books released through Farrar, Straus and Giroux among 2004 and 2009: a publication approximately wine, The unintentional gourmand, The bare vacationer, and an account of expatriate lifestyles in Bangkok referred to as Bangkok Days. His brief tales have seemed in lots of American magazines. His tale Volcano initially released in Tin condominium was once chosen for inclusion in top American brief tales 2012. His novel The Forgiven used to be released in 2012 to frequent acclaim. It was once chosen through The Economist as the most effective Books of the yr for 2012.

He has been released greatly as a journalist within the usa, such a lot significantly within the big apple occasions journal, the recent Yorker, connoisseur, Salon, Playboy, and The Conde Naste traveller. He used to be additionally been an occasional op ed columnist at Forbes.com and is a widespread contributor to Newsweek foreign, The day-by-day Beast and The Wall road magazine Magazine.His fresh function for Playboy, Getting a Drink in Islamabad received a 2011 Thomas Lowell Award for shuttle Journalism.

Source: wikipedia.com

Author URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/56931

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Sports events of our time. The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, 26 years after FIFA first discussed the idea. In the early days, some teams were unable to travel to the host country, but by the 1950s, long-distance travel was becoming much easier and quicker. As the tournament became more accessible, it grew in popularity. The 1950 World Cup final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro was attended by 200,000 people. In WORLD FIRST Uruguay offered to pay travel and 1958, Brazilian teenager Pele accommodation expenses to the 13 became the first global soccer visiting teams at the first World Cup.

FRANZ BECKENBAUER (b. 1945) Beckenbauer’s intelligence shone on the field as he dictated play from a deep sweeper position. Together with Johann Cruyff, he is one of the few soccer-playing legends to achieve similar success as a manager. Having captained West Germany at the 1974 World Cup, he managed the team when it won again in 1990. FERENC PUSKAS (b. 1927) The star of Hungary’s famous team of the 1950s, Ferenc Puskas was part of the Hungarian team that beat England 6–3 at Wembley in 1953. He joined Real Madrid of Spain in 1958.

Eight of the players who won the World Cup for Brazil in 1958 were in the team that retained the World Cup in 1962. Only seven different countries have been World Cup champions, although there have been 18 finals. The FA Cup is the oldest competition in soccer. The highest scoring FA Cup victory was on October 15, 1887, when Preston North End beat Hyde United 26–0 in the first round of the competition. The score was 12–0 at half time and 25–0 at 90 minutes. The final goal was scored in the five minutes of extratime added by the referee.

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