The Horse Healer: A Novel
At the border of the Christian kingdom of Castile and the Muslim caliphate of Al-Andalus, a little inn sits on the front lines of the battle for Iberia. When word travels that the most fe ...more
"The ability to grow in the face of adversity lies at the root of greatness, and overcoming it is a healthy stimulus for the heart. To learn from your errors makes you noble, and to be humble, in a world full of pride, is the key to happiness."
Wow. I asked for a book, and instead I got a journey—a journey so real, so live, that I was almost sure I watched it unfold before my very eyes.
The author created a masterpiece in the most tastefully artistic way, crafting every detail to perfe ...more
As a young woman, my favorite novel was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell; I read this book more than thirty times because of my love for the story and, of course, for my love of horses. I was what people called, "horse crazy." My bedroom had books about horses, Breyer horse statues, horse magazines, horse stickers, and, of course, I watched horse movies whenever I could (International Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor, etc.). I told everyone that I was going to grow up ...more
I won’t say that I was pleasantly surprised because that is so cliche. Oh wait, I just did. Ignore that then.
Seriously, the novel, although appearing to be complex, is deceiving in ...more
My point of view: It's a beautiful book to read because it explains the way of life at that time.
The characters were engaging as was the plot. I feel the author attempted to cram a lot into not enough pages. Either that, or he should have cut out a subplot or two. Still, I was glad to discover the novel. Especially, as there ...more
My notes about the novel were quite simple – beautiful.
I honestly didn’t write anyth ...more
In all honesty, I was disappointed by this book in the end. It started off great - until Diego decided to get the hots for his boss' wife. From that point onwards, it took me a very long time and many stops and starts to finish it. Added to this, I ended up discussing it with my friends, and they quickly became irritated at Diego despite not reading the book at all.
What bothered me was that he could do nothing wro ...more
Taken in by an abiétar (horse healer), ...more
Diego has seen the death of his parents and abduction of his sisters by Saracen forces from North Africa. This is not a tale for the faint-hearted but shows us how ordinary people had to struggle to survive and keep our civilisation alive. Toledo, a walled city, houses three religions side by side, and t ...more
The novel had some serious ups and downs and a lot of clunky writing. Granted, it was a translated version so that would account for some of the wording issues, but not so much with some of the bigger picture writing style issues.
Essentially, much of the writing consisted of over explanation: I felt like I needed to do something because... I did that something... this is how I felt after doing that something. It became redundant and ...more
Historical fiction set in the 1100s, the time of the Crusades. After witnessing the murder of his father and a sister, Diego vows to find his other two sisters, who have been enslaved by Muslims. Working in a Muslim stable he learns about horses and their diseases and starts find a life in this violent time. I had not been aware of Gonzalo Giner before, so this book is a fine introduction to his work.
Note: I read the English versio ...more
Veterinario de profesión, con aquel título quiso investigar el origen de su oficio; con su nueva obra, ...more