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95 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1933
No matter how good a man is, there's always some horse can pitch him.
I did not care for father Carl or his young son Jody (at times) and felt sorry for horses, dogs, cats, birds, the old lonely wandering man Gitano coming home to die, and the treatment of Jody's aging grandfather.
Of course, the purpose behind this story is to show the many tough lessons of life young Jody has yet to learn as he comes of age, but from my perspective, I'm sorry to say, this novel was pretty much a downer from start to finish with only a few enjoyable moments interspersed. Only 100 pages, but a long discomforting read. (especially if you're an animal lover)