- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow (1. Februar 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060567031
- ISBN-13: 978-0060567033
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,9 x 22,9 cm
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Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and a Man Who Changed the World (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 1. Februar 2005
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An inspirational tale that was nearly buried beneath the detritus of time (namely floods and fires), Beautiful Jim Key recalls the remarkable life of a remarkable horse at the turn of the previous century. Revered not for his speed on the track, Beautiful Jim Key was instead a cerebral celebrity who electrified fairgoers from St. Louis to Boston with apparent feats of mathematics, reading, and writing, even making change for a dollar. But as might be expected, author Mim Eichler Rivas's story is about much more than a horse from Tennessee imbued with a staggering intellect. It's also about Jim Key's equally remarkable trainer, Dr. William Key, a black man and onetime slave who narrowly survived the American Civil War, prospered against all odds, and emerged as a wealthy inventor, self-trained veterinarian, and community pillar. Dr. Key's use of kindness and patience to train Jim, rather than the de rigueur tactics of beatings and intimidation, gave way to fresh thinking about animal husbandry at a time when animals were considered virtually inanimate. And then some: "The horse and the man from Tennessee had not only helped pioneer the humane movement but had, over the past seven years, in direct and indirect ways, changed the face of popular entertainment. [Suddenly], the big-budgeted theatrical productions began adding nonhuman cast members to their shows." The author provides ample scene-setting color, especially when describing the various exhibitions Jim Key headlined, and does a reasonably good job of footnoting her various claims about Jim's mental prowess, though occasionally the reader wonders how, exactly, she decoded the horse's thought process. Her writing style is also somewhat tepid, but still, there is no doubt that Jim Key was an exceptional horse in an exceptional era guided by an exceptional man. Thanks to Rivas, Seabiscuit must now share a posthumous marquee along with Beautiful Jim Key. --Kim Hughes
“Engaging . . . filled with eyebrow-raising details.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Jim Key, in his own beautiful way, whispered to Americans’ hearts and awakened their soul.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Compelling...provides a vivid slice of Americana.” (Parade)
“A wonderful true story of an extraordinary horse and an equally extraordinary man. Beautiful Jim Key, is astonishing.” (Berry Gordy)
“Like Laura Hillenbrand’s SEABISCUIT, this brilliantly recreated history of BEAUTIFUL JIM KEY is destined to become a classic.” (David Geffen)
“Beautiful Jim Key represents a rediscovered treasure that has lain hidden for almost a century. . . . Remarkable” (Bob Womack, author of The Echo of Hoof Beats: History of the Tennessee Walking Horse)
“Rivas performs an important service by bringing this story to light and reminding us how it was almost lost.” (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
“If Beautiful Jim Key were alive today, he’d have a movie deal.” (People)
“A wonderful slice of American life at the turn of the last century . . . [Rivas] deserves praise.” (Contra Costa Times)
“Seabiscuit had nothing on Beautiful Jim Key.” (Sacramento Bee)
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This is a horse story, in the same way that the film "Seabiscuit" is a horse story. But it is also a fascinating snapshotof the life of a man of color. It describes the situations, attitudes and dangers that he had to contend with from his beginnings as a slave in the pre-Civil War South, to his rise to celebrityhood alongside his famous horse in post-Civil War America.
It is a look at an astonishing bond between a man and a horse, and the far-reaching changes they brought about in thousands who experienced in person the wonder of their special relationship. How Dr. Key and the titular horse brought about, in large measure, the rise of the animal-rights movement, and helped thousands of African Americans to achieve fair and equal treatment in education and other areas make for fascinating reading.
This book is an eye-opening delight. It is a must-read for anyone interested in horses, animal intelligence, the struggle for equality by African Americans in this country, and anyone interested in the history of America.
I cannot help but contrast Dr. Key with Michael Vic. Key was a man born into slavery and from that experience, chose to treat all life with respect. He and his horse became a catalyst for the change in public sentiment that came as a result of his goodness toward animals and activity the American Humane Movement. Michael Vic who, when given a life of plenty, choose the opposite path. It seems to be a sad commentary.
I must heartily endorse the book. It is a good story and a good read.
What I found was more than just the lost history, although the facts of that discovery make for a good story. Beyond Mim's obvious enthusiasm for accurate research, her deep understanding of the people and situations - especially the Civil War events she relates, and her insights into the kindness "always to be kind to animals" promise and its tremendous impact on animal-rights, lies the excellent storytelling and writing ability of this superbly talented author. Having discovered her writing through Beautiful Jim Key, I now look forward to her next work!
Beautiful Jim Key is an engaging read that will hold your attention as well as educate you regarding the value of kindness through Dr. Bill Key's relationship with his "smartest horse in the world." The author's skill will keep you turning the pages well into the night as you follow the story related by Dr. Key to his promoter, Alert R. Rogers, and creatively crafted into a comprehensive history of a man and his horse presented as an intriguing human interest tale by Mim Eichler Rivas.