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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
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Jun 21, 2010

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My friend saw me reading this book and thought I was reading some kind of horse book that little girls like. I wouldn't give this book to a little girl though, there's some traumatic stuff in it. Apparently people try to classify this book as a "coming of age" tale, but it really doesn't seem like much of one. The stories are mainly about Jody dealing with death and disappointment - and not necessarily in a "rite of passage" way, the overall message is simply that there's death and disappointment in life.

I'm gaining more respect for this book as I read more Steinbeck. This book is simpler than most of his stuff, and a lot of it is from a "child's" point of view. I grew up on a farm and although we didn't have animals I can relate to Jody, especially his acts of random destruction. Good stuff. Good book, and a quick read. According to the preface, this story became the model for some more "mainstream" horse books that came along later.
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