When God Laughs and Other Stories
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The downtrodden, the broken, the crooked, the washed-out . . . all of them, London saw, had tales worth the telling. Whether speaking of diamond thieves reveling over ill-gotten gains or of slaves suffering in a dystopian 26th-century America, London shows a deep understanding of the power of hope -- and the implacable force of fate.
"We never win," as one characters says. "Sometimes we think we win . . . a little pleasantry of the gods."