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The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Black Stallion (1941)

by Walter Farley

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  mshampson | Dec 13, 2014 |
This book reads as if it was written by a high school kid, and it was, in part. But it won the the Young Reader's Choice Award in 1944, and I was amazed to see that The Incrdible Journey, by Sheila Burfored, won that same award in 1964, and I considre The Incredible Journey one of the best books I have ever read and I read it when I was an adult. But The Black Stallion is poorly plotted, filled with unlikely events, and the dialogue is painful to read. Furthermore there is no suspense in the book because always Alec and the horse who saved him when the ship they were on sank always triumph. I guess it just goes to show that some juvenile fiction should not be read by an adult, whereas some is worth reading. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Oct 1, 2014 |
This is the story of a ship wrecked boy, his survival and return home. The story is about a friendship with the horse he is shipwrecked with.
  laurlou | Jun 10, 2014 |
This book is a perfect fit for horse lovers of all ages. The story first takes place in India. Alec is traveling home to England aboard a ship which contains a wild stallion.
“White lather ran from the horse’s body; his mouth was open, his teeth bared. He was a giant of a horse, glistening black – too big to be pure Arabian. His mane was like a crest, mounting, then falling low. His neck was long and slender, and arched to the small, savagely beautiful head. The head was that of the wildest of all wild creatures – a stallion born wild – and it was beautiful, savage, splendid. A stallion with a wonderful physical perfection that matched his savage, ruthless spirit.”
“Two ropes led from the halter on the horse’s head, and four men were attempting to pull the stallion toward the gangplank. They were going to put him on the ship! Alec saw a dark-skinned man, wearing European dress and a high, white turban, giving directions. In his hand he held a whip. He gave orders tersely in Arabic. Suddenly he walked to the rear of the horse and let the hard whip fall on the Black’s hindquarters. The stallion bolted so fast that he struck one of the Arabs holding the rope; down the man went and lay still. The Black snorted and plunged; if ever Alec saw hate expressed by a horse, he saw it then. They had him halfway up the plank. Alec wondered where they would put him if they ever did succeed in getting him on the boat.”
Did I say that the stallion was merely wild? Perhaps that was a great understatement! During the voyage, the ship is beset by a terrible squall which spells its doom. Alec hangs on to the stallion to take him to shore. The stallion doesn't trust Alec, but over time Alec gains the trust of the stallion, and he and Alec become the best of friends. They are rescued by a passing ship and go home together. They enter a race and win the race.
This story contains wonderfully descriptive language allowing students to escape to an exciting world which consists only of a boy and his horse. I would highly recommend this book for any child, but most especially for those students who express a deep love of horses. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
The Black stallion follows the story of “the Black,” a wild Arabian horse and a young boy, Alec Ramsey. When their ship they’re traveling on goes down at sea, they cling to one another and find themselves stranded on a small desolate island together. While they are stranded on this island, the bond they build through the experience is truly miraculous. When help finally reaches them Alec is adamant that he is not going to leave the island without the Black. After some coaxing he convinces his rescuers to allow the wild stallion aboard their ship. Arrangements are made to get Alec back home to his parents. Upon his arrival his parents are surprised by the large companion their son has brought home with him. After some persuasion his parents agree to let him keep the horse but it is his responsibility to find somewhere to keep him and to look after him. Once again he finds himself using her persuasive skills on his neighbors who agree to let him keep the Black in their barn. The old jockey who lives their immediately recognizes the magnificence that the stallion bestows. The retired jockey and the determined and loyal young boy team up to train this horse to race. It takes a lot of work from everyone involved but in the end they reign in victory.
  psuchilit14 | Mar 13, 2014 |
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Henstra, FrisoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The tramp steamer Drake plowed away from the coast of India and pushed its blunt prow into the Arabian Sea, homeward bound.
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First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.

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Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.

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