Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
The Red Pony (1933)
by John Steinbeck
Books That Made Me Cry (112)
Books Read in 2017 (683)
» 9 more
Carole's List (283)
Animals in the Title (169)
Books Read in 2016 (63)
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. ( )
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.
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.
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.
Great! Now I wouldn't be able to see a pony without crying. Thanks, Steinbeck.
Belongs to Publisher Series
Is contained in
Setinbeck Hardcover Collection: Tortilla Flat, The Winter of Our Discontent, East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Travels with Charley, & The Long Valley by John Steinbeck (indirect)
Best-in-Books: Great American Short Novels - Lost Horizon / Red Pony / Third Man / Single Pebble / Light in the Piazza / Seize the Day by Nelson Doubleday
Is abridged in
Has as a student's study guide
Ownership of a red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.
No library descriptions found.
Amazon Kindle (0 editions)
Audible (0 editions)
CD Audiobook (0 editions)
Project Gutenberg (0 editions)
Google Books — Loading...
Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.52Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.
3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
Editions: 0141185090, 0141332905, 0241952506