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WAR HORSE by MICHAEL MORPURGO
am 18. November 2015
This is one of the worst books I have read in ages. I bought it because I am a horse owner.
I thought it would be something like Black Beauty, which is a great book, written to help the plight of working horses in the 19th century and a lot could be and was learned from it.
This book however, is a trivial child's tale of a horse's experiences during World War One Its only similarity to Black Beauty, is that it is written in the first person. The horse as 'I'.
It should provoke feelings of horror - the first world war was a terrible war and everyone who had to take part must have suffered immensely. The horses too. However, the narrative is so childish that the great battle descriptions are dull and superficial. What's more, you can read the book in an afternoon - it really is more of a child's book than an adult's although I doubt children would enjoy it much either.
The worst sentence in the book? The horse says, 'My feet were sore.' My feet? Horses had hoofs last time I checked and sore hoofs are not caused by walking on them but by poor care, poor shoeing and poor diet.
I would neither recommend this book for an adult nor a child.
Apparently there is also a Hollywood film version of the book but if the critiques that I've read are anything to go by, you should give the film a miss too.
All in all, a disappointment