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The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Black Stallion (1941)

by Walter Farley

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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 |
Published originally in 1941, this book is about a young boy, Alec Ramsay who finds a wild black stallion at a small Arabian port on the Red Sea. Between the black stallion and young boy, a strange understanding grew that you lead them through untold dangers as they journeyed to America. Nor could Alec understand that his adventures with the black stallion would capture the interest of an entire nation ( )
  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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  PhotoS | Feb 17, 2014 |
'The Black's' first book is a must read for any horse lover, young and adult alike. The story, which Farley began writing during his High School years, follows the fortunes of Alec, a boy from New York who, while returning from visiting relatives in India is shipwrecked, along with a wild black stallion. The two survive together, befriending each other and when rescued, Alec brings the stallion home, cares for him, and ultimately ends up running in the race of a lifetime against the two greatest horses of the time.

The writing, though uncomplicated, draws the reader into the adventures shared by Alec and The Black. The emotions of the characters as they thread their way through the story, all are conveyed with a simple economy of words that leaves the imagination of the reader to build the full picture in a way that is refreshing in a world where so much is often over described, and overplayed.

The overall tone of the book, and the voices of the characters are believable and fit within the era in which the book was written and is set. There are times, for example, during last chapter of the book, the reader can almost 'hear' what is being said by the characters, and this only lends and excitement and believability, (and increased enjoyment), to the whole experience of reading the book.

The first half of the story, as well as introducing the reader to the characters, covers the shipwreck and fight for survival of both Alec and the stallion that becomes his companion. Farley balances the necessity to show the hardships and the trials the pair faced, with the simple tone of the writing to create an imagery, and tell this part of the tale vividly and with a fluid narrative that leads the reader from one day to the next; one even to the next as the two learn how to survive together.

The latter half of the story is well grounded in horse and the racing culture of the day, (which has sadly not remained true through the march of years since the publishing of The Black Stallion), making that aspect of the story more understandable for young readers, and for those not fully versed in such matters, and as such proves one of the highlights – as well as providing for an exciting climax of the book. ( )
  cedargrove | Jan 30, 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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