- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reprint (29. Mai 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345521099
- ISBN-13: 978-0345521095
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Mai 2012
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“[A] classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure.”—USA Today
“This is a wonderful book—joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Most of all, it’s a moving testament to the incredible things that can grow from the bond between animals and humans.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey
“[Elizabeth Letts] details the intricacies of the show world beautifully, [but it’s] the relationship between the people in [Harry’s] life and this remarkable, humble horse that will captivate the reader.”—The Star-Ledger
“The story is thrilling. . . . Letts’s taut, detailed writing vividly recounts the excitement of the shows; the heights these underdogs climbed; the world of the Eisenhower fifties; and what Snowman and Harry meant to the everyday people they inspired.”—Shelf Awareness
“If the true stories of horses Secretariat or Seabiscuit kept you spellbound, then consider leaving the racetrack setting to learn about the equestrian world’s shock in 1958 when an eighty-dollar plow horse arrived to compete in its top show.”—Fayetteville Observer
“Written in evocative, skilled prose that rings true to the tenor of postwar America . . . Letts deftly calibrates the emotion and suspense that are an indelible part of this tale.”—BookPage
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Elizabeth Letts is the award-winning author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and one children’s book, The Butter Man. Quality of Care was a Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Books-A-Million Book Club selection. An equestrian from childhood, Letts represented California as a junior equestrian, and was runner-up in the California Horse and Rider of the Year competition. She currently lives with her husband and four children in Baltimore, Maryland.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Personally, Snowman's story inspired me to become a marathon runner (when I had never run before in my life) at the ripe old age of 58 - this was four years ago - which is why I recommended it to the book club as a book they would want to use. I may be the last marathoner to cross the finish line, but I've crossed 16 of them now - and that is despite my diabetes, arthritis, and the fact that I have cancer that is currently in remission. Four years ago, when running a marathon was just a dream of mine, I took strength from Snowman's story. It's hard to explain why. I was so weighted down with the depression that having cancer can cause, I guess I needed something positive in my life.
What I loved about this story is how anyone can start from nothing and build a life with meaning, even if you're a horse. Snowman had heart, and along with talent, that what it takes to be the best. It's obvious that Snowman jumped, both to get back to Harry, and then for Harry at every show he was entered in. I've heard that this story is going to be a movie, and what I can't believe is that no one has seen the potential earlier. Surely enough bad movies have been made that movie people can tell the difference by now.
The book was written well, though there was a lot of repetition that got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. The class differences between Harry a Dutch immigrant, and the rich horse folk of the fifties got old. It's apparent from the start and didn't need to be repeated with every show Harry and Snowman entered. Along with this, is the use of the description of Snowman as a plow horse. Snowman didn't look like a plow horse to me, he looked like a warmblood, the combination of a draft horse and a thoroughbred, Arab, or any other 'hot' blooded horse. He was gorgeous and in fact looks a lot like my German Warmblood who has perfect conformation(in my eyes).
This book is well-worth reading, and the movie will hopefully be worth watching. It was a joy to read the story of how the love of a man for his horse, and the horse for his man, gave both everything they'd ever wanted. All you need is love.
This book by Elizabeth Letts is one that has stayed with me. The story of an immigrant who buys a horse on its way to become dog food and how the horse becomes a champion is an inspirational story.
"Harry knew what it felt like to be powerless. Beat up or not, this horse seemed brave." from The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Harry de Leyer grew up on a farm in Holland during WWII, hiding Jews and working in the resistance. He helped to save horses abandoned by the retreating Nazis. After the war he was sponsored to come to America to work on a tobacco farm. Harry was 22 years old. But his passion for training horses was noted. He worked his way up to teaching riding at an elite girl's school.
Harry needed an easy riding horse. He was late to the auction and the only horses left were on the trailer going to the slaughter horse to become dog food. He noted a horse who seemed to have something special. The horse looked him in the eye and nuzzled his hand. He bought the horse for $80. When he got home it was snowing and one of Harry's children thought it made the horse look like a snow man. And he got his name.
Harry ended up selling Snowman but the horse kept jumping fences and returning to Harry. So Harry bought him back and began to work with Snowman. The horse had a love of jumping.
"There was more to horses than columns of numbers, the profits and losses in his farm ledger. There is one thing no horseman can ever put a price on, and that is heart."from The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Snowman was not pretty. He did not have a pedigree. Harry was not a college-educated, East Coast elite like the competition. What Harry and Snowman had was chemistry, heart, and the desire to be winners.
Their achievements brought international fame.
Who can resist a tale of the underdog stealing the win?
I can't. And that is why I remember this story and this book