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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse (1982)

by Michael Morpurgo

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    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (kaledrina)
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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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his book is set in World War One and follows an enlisted horse named Joey. This is a well thought out an executed period book mostly from the perspective of the main character, the horse. The war was a bloody one and in many of the scenes it is very apparent how ruthless and savage the war truly was. It begins alright as Albert Narracott, a kind farm boy, trains the horse to work on the farm. However, Alberts mean spirited father sells Joey to the British during the beginning phases of the war. You get a real sense of the mud and grime of the war as time goes on. Many of Joey’s owners perish and it becomes brutally apparent that World War One was something that no one wanted to participate in. The political leanings of the novel showed both the British, French, and German sides of the war.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
The narration of War Horse is similar to Black Beauty. It is told from the perspective of the horse. It's the story of a farm horse who is loved fiercely by a boy, then sold by his father to the British Army during WW1. The majority of the book is about the war from the perspective of the horse, Joey. He serves as both a calvary horse and a cart horse. He changes hands between the English and Germans twice before a chance encounter reunites him with the boy who raised him.

Though there are details about the war and the role Joey played, Joey's relationships with other horses and people are what will endear you to the story. You may even find yourself fighting back tears. You don't have to be a horse fan to enjoy it. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
Excellent book ( )
  avatar74 | May 15, 2018 |
It is 1914, and Joey, a farm horse was sold to the army. Joey was taken away and his heart ached for Albert, the farmer's son that he is forced to leave behind. Put in the midst of the war, the journey that Joey goes through on the battlefields and the emotions and love along the way is beautifully entwined. The re-union of Joey and Albert is applauding. ( )
  varshabanerjee | Feb 18, 2018 |
This story is about, and told from the perspective of, Joey, a red-bay horse. As a colt, he was purchased by a farmer who was drunk and didn't really want him, but didn't want his neighbor to have him. The farmer was never nice to him, but his son Albert loved Joey and trained him. When World War I broke out, the farmer tricked Albert away from the farm for the day and sold Joey to the British Cavalry. Albert learned what his father had done and tried to enlist so he could stay with Joey, but he was too young. But the commander, Captain Nicholls, told him is was likely to be a long war, and in a couple of years when Albert was old enough, if he wanted to join, he could join this unit and be with Joey again, and in the meantime Joey would be his personal mount.
Then Captain Nicholls was killed in the first major battle, and Joey was passed off to one of the other men in the unit. After another major battle everyone in the unit and all the horses died except Joey and his rider and Joey's best friend, Topthorn, and his rider. Joey and Topthorn were captured by the Germans and pulled ambulance wagons for several months. During that time they lived in the barn of a French farmer and his granddaughter, Emilie. Emilie fell in love with the horses, and cared for them.
When the German hospital had to relocate, the German Army left the horses with Emilie and her grandfather. Joey and Topthorn happily worked the farm for a few months, until they were taken by other German soldiers to haul heavy artillery. They were poorly treated and most of the team died, including Topthorn. Joey ended up wounded and lost and tangled in the barbed wire between the two forces in No Man's Land.
A German soldier and an English soldier negotiated for him, and Joey went with the English soldier to the veterinary hospital, where he was reunited with Albert, who had joined the veterinary corps in the hopes of finding Joey one day.
After the war, the English Army was ordered to sell all of the horses instead of transporting them back to England. All the soldiers in Albert's unit pooled their money to try to buy Joey, but it wasn't enough. He was purchased by an elderly French farmer, who turned out to be Emilie's grandfather. Emilie had recently died, and he had promised her that he would try to find Joey and Topthorn. When the old man learned of Albert's connection to Joey, and knew that he would have a good home, he gave Joey to Albert.
Albert took Joey home to his farm, where he lived happily the rest of his life. ( )
  Tarawyn | Oct 24, 2017 |
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Michael Morpurgoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Place, FrancoisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head.
Author's note: In the old school they use now for the village hall, below the clock that has stood always at one minute past ten, hangs a small dusty painting of a horse.
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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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