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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
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War Horse (1982)

by Michael Morpurgo

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Series: War Horse (1)

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    The Call of the Wild by Jack London (LipstickAndAviators)
    LipstickAndAviators: A similar tale of an animal going through various hardships, many different masters and lots of adventures. The setting is very different, being about dogs pulling sleds in the North of America during the goldrush but the strains that the characters (both animals and humans) are under are very similar. I think Morpurgo was obviously drawing inspiration from this book when he wrote WarHorse.… (more)
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As I began reading the book, I had a little trouble with the point of view being that of a horse. I got used to it and became engrossed in the war and the story from the mind of a horse. It is very much a bitter sweet story. It takes place during WWI and during war, tragedy abounds.
At the end of the book the military stance concerning the horses made me think back to the military stance on bomb sniffing dogs after the Vietnam War. I won't elaborate because it would be a spoiler.
I think this book will translate very well into a motion picture coming out Christmas Day.

The author also wrote another favorite book of mine entitled Private Peaceful. "When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself" Also takes place during WWI

following review is from www.scholastic.com

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again? ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I am generally not a fan of books with animals as the protagonist (there are a few exceptions), but this one was actually very educational. It really opened my eyes to a side of WWI that I never knew about. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jul 2, 2016 |
Tried - couldn't do it. Too sad and not even half way through it.
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
A powerful read about a horse and his boy. ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
A fine children's book that I'm just too old to appreciate properly. Speaking as an adult it was a two-star reading experience, but I gave it three-stars because I know I'm not its intended audience. I think if I'd been exposed to this ten or fifteen years ago it would have been one of my favourite books. But as a guy in my twenties, it's just written too simply and sentimentally to beat through my cynical adult exterior. I appreciated the anti-war message and if there's one thing which can always pluck the heartstrings of any age group, it's the suffering of animals. But the War Horse book is aimed solely at children, and I'd recommend the much more rounded film adaptation by Steven Spielberg – the cavalry charge sequence with Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch is excellently done – for adults who want to really engage with the story. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
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Michael Morpurgoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Morpurgo, MichaelOriginal novelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Place, FrancoisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, DanReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sad book full of ever lasting friendship and sorrow. Probably a drama
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439796636, Hardcover)

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

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World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again.… (more)

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