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The Red Pony (1933)

by John Steinbeck

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Ownership of a red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.

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Steinbeck’s prose is always a pleasure, and this short novel of his snuck up on me. It left me a good deal more to think about than a boy and his pony. Good stuff. ( )
  bobbybslax | Mar 21, 2023 |
This was a disappointing, offensive book. The main characters were all outsiders who did possess some positive qualities, but also exhibited much despicable behavior. They tormented and disembodied birds and animals and bullied others. ( )
  suesbooks | Feb 18, 2023 |
Only the first chapter deals with the red pony, the rest portray the character of Jody, an observant, lonely young boy who can never please his father. The distance of his parents is illustrated by them being identified throughout the book by their first and last names. In the second chapter we see his father's displeasure extends to an elder first inhabitant of the place. The third chapter works out the effects of the pony's death in the choices of their hired hand. In the final chapter, Jody chooses to spend time (against his father's expectation) with his grandfather who has lost his life's goal. ( )
  juniperSun | Jan 20, 2023 |
Four short stories centered around Jody Tiflin, the son of the owner of a small ranch in the Depression era. Two of the stories involve horses, and Jody's passionate desire to have a horse of his own. The other two deal with with old age.
All four stories were good, but none grabbed me to the degree some of Steinbeck's full novels have. ( )
  fingerpost | Nov 3, 2022 |
Great! Now I wouldn't be able to see a pony without crying. Thanks, Steinbeck. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
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Steinbeck, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dennis, WesleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duhamel, MarcelTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Galeron, HenriIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Héron, Bernardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morise, MaxTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seelye, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky.
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This is the entry for the single work "The Red Pony". Please don't combine with anthologies containing more than this story, or with abridged/retold versions.
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Ownership of a red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.

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Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185090, 0141332905, 0241952506


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