The Red Pony
"Do you like people hanging around on a farm? Do you like horses and animals and stuff? Then you'll think this book is okay! It has horses, and grass, and farms and stuff, and is an easy read."
"John Steinbeck is a writer of amazing stature in American literature. He stands head and shoulders above just about anyone, wiping his feet on Faulkner, flicking Mark Twain out of his way like a littl...more
from the red pony:
"At last he walked snorting to the water-trough an...more
The Red Pony's also peppered with moments of human courage, brilliance and love. Jody's devotion to the red pony is sweet, and his idolization of Billy Buck is, I think, a realistic representation of how boys look up to men.
It is a little difficult to get into in the beginning, but overall, this book shows the raw and unpredicible way people deal with their e...more
The Red Pony is a collection of...more
Sure I had read Of Mice and Men and Grapes Of Wrath in High School, but that was a number of years ago, and I can hardly remember either.
I found The Red Pony (a mass market paperback edition) all worn and hidden on one of the bookshelves in the classroom I work in. Apparently before it was my room, the teacher used to use it as a classroom text for 4th graders. The cover was striking and I'd been meaning to start reading some Steinbeck ever...more
Alright, I stopped hyper-ventilaing in the therapist chair and I'm back to finish the book review. T...more
Steinbeck’s Got a Hold in Me
(A Book Review of John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony)
It all started on a lazy Sunday afternoon, a day I presume to be just like any other. However, what made it a little bit interesting and special, at best unforgettable, can be attributed to one simple man who goes by the name of John Steinbeck, whose unassuming, not over a hundred pages, little book tilted The Red Pony is the ticket all I ever need to beckon me back to that country called the classics, to which I, as of...more
The Red Pony is not really about the pony. I'm sure as a lit student I could find a lot to say about it, but I'm happier sitting back and letting it happen. It's about growing up and coming to understand life, in stages, and as such it has no end: Jody's a little older and wiser at the end than the beginning, but he has a long way to go still too.
The Red Pony is divided into four stories, all centered on a young boy named Jody Tiflin. Each part of the book tells critical events in Jody's childhood. The first story is called The Gift. This story describes Carl Tiflin's family and ranch, which will be the setting of all four stories. Jody is Carl's son. Another central character is Billy Buck, the ranch's employed hand. While Carl is a stern, strict man, Billy is kinder, and spends a lot of time teaching Jody how to take care o...more
This cycle of coming-of-age stories tells of a spirited adolescent boy whose encounters with birth and death teach him about loss and profound emptiness, instead of giving him the more conventional hero's pragmatic "maturity."Review
Book of four related stories by John Steinbeck, published in 1937 and expanded in 1945. The stories chronicle a young boy's maturation. In "The Gift," the best-known story, young Jody Tiflin is given a red pony by his rancher father. Under ranch hand Billy Buck's g
The Novel "The Red Pony" by John Steinbeck, is about a boy named Jody who lives on a ranch and faces many horrible obsticles that fall in his path. Such as his horse, Gabilan dying and being eaten by vultures. In the end, Jody learns a lot about the ways of life, and the troubling times that we all have to face. This novel was very depressing and sad. One reason of that is becuase Jody tries his very best to make friends with...more
“Surviving Isolation of the Heart”
This abridged version of Steinbeck’s poignantly grim novella about a boy’s love for his new pony was beautifully packaged by Creative Education, Inc. in 1993. Dedicated to “the continuation of the fine literature for readers of all ages” this short book (64 pages) presents the story in non-chapter format. It highlights Jody’s relationships with Gabilan (the title pony), his taciturn father, Carl, and the horse-wise ra...more
The theme of this b...more
Parts of the narrative remain vividly in my mind, like where Steinbeck describes the braining of a buzzard. Yeah, I don't need that. Ever. Sadly, many of the less graphic, more appealing parts of the story weren't memorable.
I wasn't impressed with the construction of the narrative, either. It's broken down into 4 more-or-less distinct...more
I had been placed into an advanced reading class with a teacher who looked like a catfish and smelled like death, in a classroom the size of a closet with very little ventilation. Just put yourself at our oval table, and then imagine yourself reading The Red Pony, and you will hopefully understand why I refused to read--or complained without end about reading--anything that John Steinbeck ha...more
The setting of the book is in a Native American ranch led by the Tiflin family. The protagonist of the story is Jody Tiflin, who is a young boy living in the ranch with his family. Carl Tiflin, his father, is the owner of the ranch and is characterized as stern, and unemotional but his love towards his son can be seen throughout the book. Another main character is Billy Buck, an only worker of the ranch, who is described as heart-warming an...more
The theme of the book relates to the purpose a lot. I think that the theme is coming of age, or maturing emotionally, rather than physically getting older. Steinbeck was trying to say that just because you are young, does not mean that you cannot be mature, or be able to un...more
2nd best thing about this book is that though pony dies, little Jody lives. Well reading Steinbeck’s book one can expect that naturally. Something bad happens first then comes worst. So when pony died in the 1st chapter I was worried for little Jody. Then in the 2nd chapter little Jody is kind of ok again, not very upset about his pony. He was out torturing dogs and toads, and other...more
Okay, so this novel isn't really about horses. I'm thinking there are a lot of people out there missing the point. The Red Pony isn't what I would call one cohesive novel, but rather a collection of several glimpses into the farm/ranch life of Jody. The whole point of the pony is that Jody is learning to grow up, and he's learning that life isn't...more
Why did this book become a curricular standard at schools around the world? Was it because the protagonist was identifiable to school-goers? Is it even suitable for children? App...more
These stories tell about the gradual stripping away of those illusions. You see Jody's relationship with Billy and h...more
In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley...more
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As he went back towards the house, Jody knew one thing more sharply than he had ever known anything. He must never tell anyone about the rapier. It would be a dreadful thing to tell anyone about it, for it would destroy some fragile structure of truth. It was truth that might be shattered by division.”