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First off, Velvet is a fourteen year old girl who aspires to become the best rider in England and win the Grand National. The amazing thing is, she actually does it! Now who wouldn't love such a heroine? She's very sweet and innocent, but very determined and she loves her family, and of course...more
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the content of the book. The plot-line while fragmented had some saving graces. Velvet & Mi's touching relationship was great. There was also some joy to be extracted from the family's Kafkaesque demeanour.
What made me dislike the book profusely was the prose. It was to...more
Since its publication in 1935 Enid Bagnold's book has captured the hearts of millions of girls and horse lovers around the world. Set in rural England this story focuses on the equestrian dreams of 14-year-old, boyish Velvet Brown--one of 4 blonde daughters of a butcher. At first glance hers seems an unlikely household to encourage fantasy, with her serious father and taciturn, oversized mother. But Mrs. Brown was a Channel swimmer in her day; she understands the v...more
the acquiring of the horses seems a bit like wish fulfillment - far fetched to put it mildly
disappointing that the perspective on the race is Mi's instead of Velvet's - why??? suspense? would have been in suspense for just as long if we were riding with Velvet. Partly as a result of this and partly as a result of Velvet's lack of continuing ambition makes the end extremely anti-climactic... although, even the supposedly exciting part of the story was pretty mild.
Some bits with t...more
Now, I'm one of those people who doesn't shun "classic" books. I take the time to read them, and many times I like them. However, I don't remember liking this one very much.
As I was reading it, I remember not really having a clue what was going on. Maybe it wa...more
Velvet Brown dreams of horses. She cuts images from old magazines, creates bridles and saddles for them, “rides” them through the village streets, brushes them down with a soft tissues, and “stables” them in a small shell-covered box on the living room shel...more
Everybody knows the story by now, if only from the famous movie: 14-YO Velvet Brown wins a horse and trains him for the Grand National. But as in all good stories, there’s rather more to it than the movie shows, and this is no exception. The Brown family are carefully, beautifully portrayed, as is Mi Taylor, who helps to train both Velvet and the horse, t...more
This timeless tale of a girl with a seemingly impossible dream is one of innocence and breathtaking simplicity. This book is undoubtedly for children and young adults, but has the ability to make adults believe in the impossible again.
In a world where children can be massacred in an elementary school, politics are muddy a...more
I now understand why the movie was like that - because the book is strange too :) The story isn't very cohesive and lacks depth. The family in the story is just biza...more
The book is better than the movie and provides a much more realistic perspective of what happens after Velvet wins the Grand National. I did find that some of the dialog was hard to follow though but that could be because I was reading everything at night and started falling asleep.
I found it interesting that most of the interaction between the children and the parents happened around the dinner table. I also found that...more
Encourages young people todream big and to kep moving towards their dreams. To say absolutely anything is possible.
The characters are written without much depth in my opinion but are written with individual, charming and good natured personalities. Im not sure if people really are like that, but being it is more a story for teens... Whos complaining.
One thing. This book/ the movie are v...more
I think it has not aged well in some senses - "Timeless" is not...more
Velvet Brown, the protagonist, finds herself the sudden owner of a group of horses through a series of unusual events. Of all the horses she falls in love with the most ornery, a piebald nicknamed "The...more