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Hidalgo and Other Stories
It started as a search for heroes. It became a hunt for the most elusive equestrian charlatan of all time. If Frank Hopkins is to be believed, he led one of the most exciting, challenging and colorful (albeit unrecorded) lives in the late nineteenth century. No one rode more miles, eluded more danger, or befriended more famous people than he did. During the 1930s and 40s t ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 14th 2004 by Long Riders' Guild Press
(first published January 2004)
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It's terribly depressing to learn that Frank T. Hopkins(Viggo Mortensen's character from the "True" movie Hidalgo) is a complete fraud. This book is a collections of letters and reminiscences by Frank T. Hopkins and is heavily annotated by 70 historians from 5 different countries. So far, all the annotations simply state how said assertion could not possibly be true. It was a story I really wanted to be true. The saddest part, even the race that Hidalgo centers around does not exist.
It was fun and sad at the same time. I really believed this to be a great American heroic tale after watching the movie. Yes, I expected there to be embellishments and fictitious elements, but what a whollop of a lie! The accounts in this book are comedic in the fact that they read as such fantasy from a guy who seems neither smart nor happy.
SO disappointing! The whole reason I read this book was to read Hidalgo's story, and it ended up being 3 paragraphs! Also, I don't think Frank Hopkins was a very good author. He didn't do very well on excitement. And he needed to get his facts straight. Obviously, this story isn't true, but he at least need to try to keep everything straight.