Tag: Michael Morpurgo

Anna Sewell – Black Beauty | Review

Title: Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t exactly fall in love with this book, but that’s pretty much a personal preference thing rather than because there was anything wrong with the novel. I can actually put my finger on exactly what the problem was: I just don’t like it when stories are narrated by horses, which is why I wasn’t a particular fan of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, either.

Still, this was the last book that I had to read in a box set of children’s classics that I own and so now that it’s done, at least I can tick it off. And actually, I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to, and I can totally see why it’s considered a classic – even if being told a story by a horse made it difficult for me to suspend my disbelief.

I also thought it was interesting to read this from an animal rights perspective, although I’d argue that these days, we rarely “need” to use horses at all. Sewell did a great job of showing the different attitudes that different types of people have towards animals, including by showing that some people can be assholes. All in all, I guess it was pretty good.

 

 

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Michael Morpurgo – War Horse | Review

Title: War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 186

Rating: 5*/5

 

Michael Morpurgo - War Horse

Michael Morpurgo – War Horse

 

I had mixed feelings about this book, but there’s simply no denying how good it is. You can see how the plot was constructed, because it follows a formula, but it just does it so well that you can’t complain about it. It’s there, but it’s not important.

As for the story line – well, you probably already know it. But basically, it’s told from the horse’s point of view and follows what happens after the outbreak of the First World War, when he’s separated from his owner and has to go off to join the soldiers on the front line.

This isn’t the first Michael Morpurgo book that I’ve read, but it is the best. It was kind of predictable from start to finish, but it was also comforting like a warm bowl of soup. Make of that what you want. Just make some time in your schedule to give this a read, if only so you can say that you’ve read it. It’s worth it – honest.

 

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

 

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