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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
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Sep 16, 12

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Now I like Steinbeck as much as everyother motherfucker in the room. Yet, the Red Pony was just so-so. This is the story of a young man who must train a diffucult pony, as we all know. It's overwritten for one thing, and there's no denying that Steinbeck doesn't use colorfull descriptions like 'darker then a thousand assholes' or something inventive and Chandleresque like that. So, The Red Pony can often be a tedious and boring read. It also seems to roll around in a sentimental melancholia. (Steinbeck is known for his sadness, but this is just a little over the top.) Nonetheless, the symbolism of the Red Pony is one of the redeming aspects of this story; the book itself has traces of consumate beauty inside the binding. Would I recomend this book for people? Not really, no. Equistrians will be disapointed, and there's better books by Steinbeck and other writers in general. The Red Pony was still ok though.
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