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The Black Stallion Mystery (1957)

by Walter Farley

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The important thing to remember about the Black Stallion series is that it has always combined adventure with horses. It doesn't matter how that combination comes about, you know that when you pick up one of the books written by Walter Farley, you'll get both of those subjects with one read. Is anyone going to find mysterious horses after being kidnapped and while wandering down a secret tunnel in a sheikh's mountain castle? Of course not. We all know it's not reality, it's adventure. If the human race wanted reality all the time, we wouldn't tell tall tales to our children as bedtime stories. You read the black stallion books because the adventure is so unreal that it is perfect. This book certainly does not disappoint on that level. The mystery is just a bonus! ( )
  mirrani | Aug 10, 2014 |
A little too much goes on here for it to be a straightforwardly good Black Stallion book. Farley was not afraid of over-reaching, which is certainly fun but does cause some eye-rollingly bad scenes. Secret passages? We got 'em! Kidnapping? Yup. Unknown location? Sure. Ghostly horses in the middle of the night? Check.

There's some misogynistic stuff in here that seems reflexive rather than thought-out. Not one of my favorites, for sure. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
My favorite of the Black Stallion books after the first one. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 24, 2008 |
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On Saturday, July 15th, Aqueduct Racecourse's great stands bulged and overflowed, spilling thousands of spectators onto the track's bright green infield.
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Someone's set a treacherous trap for Alec and his horse...  

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Alec and his famous horse, Black, travel back to the Arabian desert to try to discover if Black's sire is still alive.

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