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Travel with Luke Randolph as he meets the wackiest and most uninhibited collection of characters ever to cut a swath through the exclusive clubs and ancestral homes of the English and European upper classes. Here is a thoroughly modern, sometimes madcap, sometimes serious perspective on the social worlds of thoroughbred racing, bobsledding, foxhunting, and boar stalking, a Travel with Luke Randolph as he meets the wackiest and most uninhibited collection of characters ever to cut a swath through the exclusive clubs and ancestral homes of the English and European upper classes. Here is a thoroughly modern, sometimes madcap, sometimes serious perspective on the social worlds of thoroughbred racing, bobsledding, foxhunting, and boar stalking, and a lifestyle that, though waning, continues to fascinate us. Grandeur of the Dooms transports the reader from the creamy shade of Buck's tent at Ascot to the search for a dissolute and dangerous Mexican jockey in a Texas border town; to St. Moritz, Switzerland, where suicidal young bloods run the Cresta on bobsleds; and to Vienna, where a young American triumphs against a five hundred pound boar with hatred and bloodlust in its eyes, only to discover that worse demons are yet to be faced. Here is a world where firelight reflects off polished brass, the Viennese snow squeaks underfoot, and skeet is shot in the drawing room.


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Travel with Luke Randolph as he meets the wackiest and most uninhibited collection of characters ever to cut a swath through the exclusive clubs and ancestral homes of the English and European upper classes. Here is a thoroughly modern, sometimes madcap, sometimes serious perspective on the social worlds of thoroughbred racing, bobsledding, foxhunting, and boar stalking, a Travel with Luke Randolph as he meets the wackiest and most uninhibited collection of characters ever to cut a swath through the exclusive clubs and ancestral homes of the English and European upper classes. Here is a thoroughly modern, sometimes madcap, sometimes serious perspective on the social worlds of thoroughbred racing, bobsledding, foxhunting, and boar stalking, and a lifestyle that, though waning, continues to fascinate us. Grandeur of the Dooms transports the reader from the creamy shade of Buck's tent at Ascot to the search for a dissolute and dangerous Mexican jockey in a Texas border town; to St. Moritz, Switzerland, where suicidal young bloods run the Cresta on bobsleds; and to Vienna, where a young American triumphs against a five hundred pound boar with hatred and bloodlust in its eyes, only to discover that worse demons are yet to be faced. Here is a world where firelight reflects off polished brass, the Viennese snow squeaks underfoot, and skeet is shot in the drawing room.

9 review for Grandeur of the Dooms: The Sacred and Profane Adventures of a Modern American Among the English and European Aristocracy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sonny D

    I didn't expect a lot but was very pleasantly surprised by the pace and diversity of adventure, troubles and excitement that Luke found himself in. Written in an elegant style not seen a lot today, Grandeur of the Dooms is fun, tense, frolicking and serious all at the same time. 5 stars for a very good read. I didn't expect a lot but was very pleasantly surprised by the pace and diversity of adventure, troubles and excitement that Luke found himself in. Written in an elegant style not seen a lot today, Grandeur of the Dooms is fun, tense, frolicking and serious all at the same time. 5 stars for a very good read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lars Hudnal

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    Erika Pacheco

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    Mark

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Kathy Garrelts

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    Terri McQuade

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan Simonds

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

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