a heart-aching story beautifully told.michael morpurgo shows us once again how to tell a story and tell it well. :)
I don't know what to think about this book as I still don't know wether I liked it or not.
Let's be clear: it's not bad. But once I got to the last page I was left with the strong feeling that something in the plot was missing, slipping away any time the author tried to get to the core of it.
This is the story of an amazingly clever horse, Joey, and his journey through the Great World War. It is a story of friendship and love facing the evil, but in the end it tells us very little about them and I think this has nothing to do with book's target (teens). There are so many events and so many characters for just 190 pages. Maybe that's one of the reasons why in the end I was not fully involved in the story.
Joey meets many extraordinary people that we are supposed to love and miss as much as he does, but just as we start to know them the story moves forward and we leave them behind. It all goes too fast. I liked Emily, but I had just started to imagine Joey's life with her when the story jumped back to the front again. Maybe it would have been better to dig a bit more into each relationship. Just a few more pages.
The point of view is Joey's, a horse. Still, at some point this easily confuses with Albert's, so human Joey is. Maybe he is a bit too much, sometimes.
With a few more pages it'd have been a great story indeed. Not only for teens, but for adults too.
A good book either for children or adults. A moving story based on real facts. The thing I liked about this book is that the story is related from the horse's point of view. In the next few months a film directed by Spielberg will be released. I wonder why this book has never been translated and published in Italy. I hope it will be after the film comes out....Continua
This unusual anti-war war story takes place from the point of view of the title character, a farm horse sold into army service in England at the start of World War I. The premise may sound bizarre, but it works, thanks to sensitive writing.Theoretically a childrens' book, this short novel has an emotional punch meaningful to anyone of any age who gives this small book a chance. It will encourage a belief in miracles....Continua