Without attempting to mesmerize or moralize the author of Matador tells his favorite stories, quotes his favorite authors on his favorit subject -tauromachy. As a convenient framework his stories -- culled from Hemingway, Sidney Franklin, Kenneth Tynan, Garcia Lorca, Havelock Ellis (and others), from cafes, and personal torero experience,- settle around the rings where taurine history was made. From Spain, Portugal, France, South America and Mexico come the quintessence of la fiesta brava --the tragedies and successes of men behind the public idol. The illustrious comeback which took place on a downtown street; the fated fall of Joselito el Gallo; the iconoclastic women from the West; the pressing shadow of famous progenitors; the enigmatic abstinence of one young Spaniard from traditional diversions; the rise of Belmonte, Carlos Arruza, Manolete, Luis Procuna and other beloved heroes of the afternoon -- these stories are told without a snobbish preocupation with technicalities. The legends, superstitions, fabrications and falsehoods circulating in families and cafes; around rings and managers; about jinxes and destinies, convey the heart of the game. For the aficionado here is ample material for shooting the bull.