Dick Francis Essay - Dick Francis World Literature Analysis

Dick Francis World Literature Analysis

Although Dick Francis has only two sustained heroes, Sid Halley and Kit Fielding, he accomplishes the more difficult feat of creating a sustained subject: horse racing (especially steeple-chasing), an inherently appealing topic because of its action, color, and danger and the aura of glamour and glory left over from when courageous horses were an essential part of warfare.

Francis’s novels are told in the first person with strikingly similar underlying plot formulas: some unknown villain threatening the world of thoroughbred racing through skullduggery. The hero must uncover this villain’s identity, while, in turn, the power-hungry villain, often an aggressive social climber, takes increasingly drastic steps to...

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