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War Horse (1982)

by Michael Morpurgo

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Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.
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    Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse 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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    War Dog by Martin Booth (jordantaylor)
    jordantaylor: Both books are told from the voice of an animal serving in one of the World Wars. "War Horse" is about a horse caught up in WWI France, "War Dog" is about a dog in WWII France, England, and Italy.
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    Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (TheLittlePhrase)

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I had seen the movie a few years ago and loved it, so I had to read the book. It is a touching story of friendship. It is also historical fiction about World War I, told from the perspective of Joey the horse. Joey is shipped across the English Channel to France and participates in the last cavalry charge. He witnesses trench warfare, is captured by Germans, and spends time with a French farming family. He encounters both kind and mean-spirited people on both sides. I think employing the horse’s perspective helps dilute the horrors of war in a way that younger people can learn the history of the era without becoming overwhelmed. It is an anti-war story that portrays the impact on both people and animals. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
A powerful read about a horse and his boy. ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
This is one of the few cases where I'll say the movie was much better than the book. The basic story of the book is exactly the same as "Black Beauty," just set during World War I. There was nothing all that new or original about the story or writing. The movie, however, was very well-done and added a lot of depth to the characters and situations. I would recommend seeing it over reading the book. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
First book I think I've ever read written in first person by a horse. Moving story of Joey the horse and his incredible story in WW1 going from a farm in Devon to the trenches in France in world war 1 ( )
  cbinstead | Oct 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morpurgo, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bos, TjallingTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Egeraat, Els vanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorthuis, HenriëtteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Place, FrancoisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, DanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiliam, CasiaTranslatorsecondary 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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Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

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Sad book full of ever lasting friendship and sorrow. Probably a drama
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