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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
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Jan 22, 2010

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This was my first Steinbeck, and it won't be my last. The primary story was centered around Jody, a farm-raised, precocious, mouse-killing yet likable boy, who loved horses and dreamed of one day reaching the ocean.

Picture 1920s America, out west, on a farm that is a 3-mile walk from its closest neighbor, with a large barn, farmhands, and a wife whose hands are perpetually raw from her time spent in the kitchen, and a father whose personality is perpetually raw from his time spent living. Jody is the only child, but seems perfectly at home in this setting and only longs for a horse and to not get caught when he slacks on his chores.

It was sad to read how much Jody longed for a horse, and how much he wanted to care for it and for it to bond with him. It emphasized the lack of bonding and love from and between his human family. Life was something to get through, to plod through steadily. True love could apparently only be found between a boy and his horse, but if something should happen to said horse, another horse will do.

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