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Preview — War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The book that inspired Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show . . . it can only be Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.
In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful...more
War Horse is a children's novel by British author Michael Morpurgo. It was first published in 1982. The story recounts the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the Army for service in World War I France and the attempts of young Albert, his previous owner, to bring him safely home. It formed the basis of both an award winning play (2007) and an acclaimed film adaptation (2011) by Steven Spielberg.
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“I can hate you more, but I'll never love you less.”
This book is so beautiful in many ways. I wanted to weep all day after I finished. War Horse is very unique because it's told by Joey, a horse being thrusted into the war on the Western Front. The story is innocent, yet it's so sensational and full of angst from the characters. I felt attached to the story from the first chapter and couldn't peel my eyes off then. Morpugo created such a striking story about the war with a horse and a boy ...more
From page one, I knew that this wasn't going to be happy and light read (even in chapter 1 so much happened). It dealt with war, and how unfair and stupid it is. But it also dealt with so much more than that. It's a story about friendship, loyalty, love and survival. And I felt like this book was so much longer than it actually was. I guess that is because so much happened in it. But ...more
Michael Murpurgo writes wonderful children's novels and I had loved some of his books very much and War Horse is one of those books that leaves a lasting impression.
This is not a novel with a complicated plot or twists and turns but a beautiful story simply told and I find sometimes these can be the best.
Warhorse is a moving story about a horse called Joey and his experiences during service in ...more
As the title suggests, it is the odyssey of a horse, Joey, brought from Devon across the English Channel and into France and the hell of the Great War, both through the English and the German trenches. The story is narrated in simple language (in, say, the tradition of Ernest Hemingway) from the unusual perspective of the horse. And this is done with an incredible sense of ...more
The horse is a Gary Stu (See here if you don't know what one of those is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue) - he knows everything, from what guns and cannons are, to what wire is and what it can do, the terms for everythng in his world, including politics and the type of bit in his mouth.
I'm used to anthropomorphic animals, and have been since I was born--but Joey should be dressed up in a waistcoat and walking ...more
Joey is a special horse. Special enough to be purchased to serve in the first world war as a Calvary horse. But the whole time he is in the war he longs for the day he ...more
A book about war. About fighting and surviving.
A book about friendship and loyalty. And about death and grief and moving on.
Written from the POV of a horse, this book was absolutely breathtaking. And honetsly, not only the book. I cried when I read the book and I cried even harder when I watched the movie.
It was one of the few books I read that was actually about WWI. Since so many books are about the Second World War I was very intrigued about a book that pictured the First one!
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Joey was sold to a farm when young. There, he met Albert, his friend, brother, master. Albert's father, who bought Joey when drunk to stick it to a neighbouring farmer, is not a man one can like (easily), but Albert is not only young and idealistic but also kind and gentle. One day, Joey is sold to the Army ...more
Reading War Horse gave me the same childhood innocence and affection — deeply caring over another horse, Joey (another unforgettable horse of literature for me was Orwell's Boxer in Animal Farm), as he ventured in a world at war, of violence and cruelty, and ...more
War Horse is a touching book that kept my interest all through. Although it is a children's book, I enjoyed it but must admit I got teary-eyed reading it. Parts were very sad but I loved the ending! ...more
”That’s what war is all about, my friend. It’s about which of us is the madder.”
I remember when I saw this movie when it first came out in theatre. At the time, I didn’t realize it was an adaptation from a book. Naturally, when I learned of its origins, I had to read the book as well! War Horse is told in a similar fashion to Black Beauty, as it is told from the horse’s (Joey’s) perspective. While this ...more
Making Joey, the (war) horse, the narrator was a brilliant move on Michael Morpurgo's part, since it simultaneously encourages children to think about the effect of their actions on others (for who could not empathise with Joey?) and helps ...more
4.5/5 stars for this book.
Thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this book. :)
This is a story which is told from the point of view of a Horse named Joey. I wouldn't have expected a book described in that way to come across as well and as emotionally as it has, but ...more
It's beautiful and heartbreaking and action-packed and all in all fantastic.
While the writing style is simplistic and almost middle-grade in nature, the plot is most definitely not. It forces the reader to face complex issues like the passing away of tradition and how war used to be fought. How we now see war--as a bloody, heartless machine--is just beginning to emerge. While war was still brutal (can we talk about all the gassing that went on in ...more
I am familiar with the play, so I knew the basic plot line. I wish I had read the book first ... the play is SO powerful - and so theatrically charged with the larger-than-life stage puppets who play the horses - that the book seemed somewhat small to me. But, that's okay. It's really a small story - even though it's played against the world stage during intense and climatic moments.
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This was really fab book it is wonderful book about WWI that is not run of mill WWI book.
The only puzzling thing for me was how the horse could understand more than one language
Fundamentally, this is what this book describes: the horrors and hardships of war. And because they are seen from the perspective of an animal, they are told in a simple straightforward way that will go straight to the heart of any reader.
'In an hour, maybe, or two', he ...more
As with Black Beauty, War Horse is set from the perspective of a horse and the reader witnesses all events from this horse's perspective. The horse, in this case, goes by the name of Joey and the reader observes Joey being sold to an owner, who treats him poorly but who has a son who he respects as his master. This master, a young teenager by ...more
Set during the First World War the story is told through the eyes of horse Joey and he’s relationship with a young boy called Albert.
Though written for a younger audience, Morpurgo doesn’t shy award from the horrors of this conflict.
This emotional heartwarming tale will move readers both young and old.
Great book, but I loved the movie more.
Apparently I never got around to a review for this. I remember it as a beautifully told story from the point of view of a horse, similarly to Black Beauty, who gets pulled into military service during WWI. It really shows how ghastly the Great War was, and the animal's connection to his riders and his original owner broke my heart. The film was well done and I still want to see the stage play.