Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Man from Snowy River” as Want to Read:
The Man from Snowy River
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Man from Snowy River

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Over 40 ballads of the bushland of Australia
Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1895)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Man from Snowy River, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Man from Snowy River

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.99  · 
Rating details
 ·  289 ratings  ·  24 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Man from Snowy River
Christian West
The poem is the poem, but the illustrations in this version are strangely alluring - soft paint strokes and some unusual textures. An obvious horse book for my challenge to read 50 horse books in 2018.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love A.B Patterson. The Man from Snowy River is one of his best poems that tells such a great story with such some vivid imagery.
John Yelverton
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a nice enough poem, but I can honestly say, probably for the only time in my life, that the film was better.
Bob Mendelsohn
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a non-native Australian, this book of poems was foreign for so many reasons. The references to all things bush and all the imagery lacing Banjo Paterson's verse made things difficult, but I suppose reading XVI Shakespeare was similarly "outculture" for me.

What I did like was the scenery and the empathy that Paterson had for his land, his people, his all-things Aussie.

I borrowed this book from a church library in Perth and returned it to the good folks at Mosaic Church (formerly South Perth
William Hart
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Phooey! Not a novel or even coherent story, but a collection of long rambling poems that barely rhyme filled with arcane 'out back' Australian cowboy lingo. Different strokes for different folks, I'm not "Bad Mouthing" the book, just not what I was looking for, I'm deleting this one from my downloads. ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Banjo Paterson is one of my favorite poets and i recommend his works to everyone. The man from Snowy River is one of my favorite poems of his and i can clearly imagine the chase of the wild stallions through the australian mountains.
William Mc Callum
Wonderful reading 📚

Excellent Australian poetry that is will written with the Australian dialect and slang. Each story is interesting about characters. I would recommend this novella to anyone looking for something new. Enjoy reading 🔰2021 😃
I thought the illustrations in this were very unique and great in terms of how they portrayed the movement of the horses. The language devices used were also worth talking about, such as the expanded noun phrases and rhyme. I did enjoy the storyline as it created much anticipation.
Gabby Smith
The illustrations are very unique and I love how they show the horses in motion. The langue techniques used are really worth talking about, such as the expanded noun phrases and the rhyme. The storyline also keeps the reader on their seat and very interested
Kelly Higgins
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A collection of poems that had funny, sad, inspiring poems.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you can get this in audiobook I recommend that, it’s nice to pick out the story among the rhymes and such. Make sure it’s an audiobook that can follow the beat of the words though.
Mr. Graham
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, poetry
"The Man from Snowy River" is definitely one of the greatest narrative poems ever written. There are some other very good ones included in this volume as well. Worth the read. ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great poem that reads easily as a story.
Jack Kirby and the X-man
I grew up reading Mulga Bill's Bicycle, a poem by A.B. Paterson (better known as Banjo Paterson) - which was brilliantly illustrated by Kilmeny Niland & Deborah Niland and has thus been continuously in print since it came out in 1973. I was thus excited that another of Banjo's poems has been illustrated - increasing its accessability for the younger audience.

The poem itself is a classic, and in this incarntion it remains gloriously unabridged - if you are just interested in the poem you can
Garth Mailman
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ten years or so past I went looking to find the poem that inspired the Tom Burlison movie, The Man from Snowy River. After a Google or related search discovered I could download Banjo Patterson’s book for free from Gutenberg Press. The .zip file led me to download and install µBook Reader to cope with the file. After reading the titular poem I put the book aside until just recently. Anyone who has sung Waltzing Matilda whether drunk or sober knows that Aussies particularly those in the Outback w ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this poem and was thrilled that they hadn't abridged it too much or dumbed it down for the children's version. I was also surprised at how much of it I remembered from having had to learn it as a child. Paterson really does distill the essence of Australia and put it into his poetry and the illustrations bring the thrill and movement of a wild brumby heard being rounded up.

This book was one of four classic Australian stories my big sister gave my baby girl for her first Christmas and I c
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the imagery. It reminded me of a National Geographic article about Banjo Paterson from a few years back. The photography matches the poem beautifully. (I have included the link.)
I really admire Freya Blackwood's interpretation of this classic Australian poem. The man from Snowy River might be slight and weedy but he surely brings those wild horses home. ...more
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
Always nice to renew one's acquaintance with such an iconic bush poem as this. I'm glad it's been republished and kept fresh for the modern generation. Interesting to see some of Freya Blackwood's early work too. ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I consider Paterson's poetry classic. It's beautiful. I have always loved the rugged imagery and rhythm he provides in his writing. this is a book I always fall back on when I find myself in a weary, grey kind of day. ...more
Keen to try learn this off by heart...
Miss Melly
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australia
.....There was movement at the station... Ahhh. You can't call yourself Australian if you haven't read this. ...more
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Not as good as the movie. But, really, how much can you get into a poem?
rated it liked it
Dec 08, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Sep 26, 2011
rated it it was ok
Aug 10, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2013
Miranda Collins
rated it it was amazing
Jan 10, 2016
Kevin B Attwater
rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2017
Ljubisa Radjenovic
rated it liked it
Jul 05, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Books2Movies Club: The Man From Snowy River 2 17 Nov 07, 2015 02:20PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove, #3)
  • The Terrible Old Man
  • Streets of Laredo
  • Crazy Horse: A Life
  • Sin Killer (The Berrybender Narratives #1)
  • Folly and Glory (The Berrybender Narratives, #4)
  • The Cruise of the Snark
  • The Call Of The Tame
  • Der rote kreis (Sherlock Holmes, 32)
  • God Sees the Truth, but Waits
  • The Million Dollar Bond Robbery - a Hercule Poirot Short Story (Hercule Poirot)
  • Hoboes that Pass in the Night
  • The Luck of Roaring Camp
  • An Amateur Corpse (Charles Paris, #4)
  • The Student
  • The Hand
  • An Adjustment of Nature
  • Long Odds
See similar books…
Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson (1864-1941). Poet, ballad writer, journalist and horseman. See also Banjo Paterson.

A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson, known as Barty to his family, was born Andrew Barton Paterson at Narrambla, near Orange on 17 February 1864. His parents, Andrew Bogle and Rose Isabella Paterson were graziers on Illalong station in the Yass district.

Paterson's early education took place at home

Related Articles

Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to continue the story of Offred. We talked...
367 likes · 59 comments
“He was hard and tough and wiry - just the sort that won't say die -
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;
And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,
And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.”
“Had mustered at the homestead overnight,    For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,     And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.    There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,     The old man with his” 1 likes
More quotes…