Farm Boy [Paperback]
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 29 September 2011
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I love War Horse. It's brilliant. This isn't.I mean, don't get me wrong, it's good, it's a nice little fable. I just don't see the point in it having the same characters as War Horse, because the stories are unconnected.
A sequel to War Horse. The Grandfather's tale of his younger life on the farm with Joey and Zoey his farm horses. A good gentle read.
58) [Farm Boy] - Not bad, per se, but disappointing. When you market a book as the sequel to something, readers generally expect them to be similar: to have the same air about it. This book was obviously for a different age demographic, had a vastly different writing style, and if MM hadn't specifically stated the characters were the same from the first book, I wouldn't have had known in; the characters of Joey and Albert were very flat. I would have liked it a lot better if it hadn't raised my hopes about it being a follow-up to one of my favorite books.
I picked up this audiobook because it was partially performed by Derek Jacobi and because it revisits some of the characters from <i>War Horse</i>, a book which I read this year and fell in love with. Here, a young man visits with his grandfather on the family farm where the old man asks him to stay on for a few months to teach him how to read and write. When the young man leaves to go travelling, he finds his elder has left him an envelope with a handwritten story of how he and his own father won a race between their horses and a man on a tractor. One of the horses in question is <i>Joey</i>, the star of War Horse and we find out that he had a long life and a comfortable retirement. Sweet.
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