- Egmont Uk LTD
- Publication Date:
- 07 November 2011
Showing 1-4 out of 4 reviews.
This book was great. It told the story of World War 2 with the horse as the narrator. Unlike many other war books, this one had a happy ending.
War Horse is a very good book and has many moving scenes. Excellent book!
Written in 1982 and a runner-up for the Whitbread, War Horse is the story of a young British boy and his horse, separated when the horse is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France early on in WWI. It is a universal story of war and suffering told through the eyes of a horse as he experiences it on the front. It is a unique, elegantly told, anti-war story. A YA book that adults will enjoy, too.The first person narration reminded me of old favorites of mine, Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe.
First Line: My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables and rats that scampered along the beams above my head.Joey was born and raised on an English farm and trained by a young boy named Albert. When World War I begins, Albert's father needs money and sells Joey to the Army as a cavalry horse. Although too young to join up, Albert vows to be reunited with his horse.Fortunately for Joey, his Army captain is an honorable man who loves horses and takes good care of him, teaching Joey things that will keep him alive in the days ahead. Joey also makes friends with another cavalry horse named Topthorn. One day in battle, both horses' riders are killed, and the horses are captured by the Germans to pull heavy munitions. Through it all, Joey never forgets Albert and wonders if they will ever be reunited.This is a wonderful story-- on par with Black Beauty-- about the effects of war on both animals and people. Morpurgo proves adept at describing the horrors of war without being graphic. As Joey moves from the British side to the German, the people he must deal with show that, no matter the language or the uniform, we are all the same.Knowing how military strategists on both sides tended to think of the men (and animals) under their command as so much cannon fodder, Joey's fate is not all that certain. Morpurgo makes the reader care about the young horse and what happens to it and the people with whom it comes in contact. I would recommend this book to both young and old.
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