Wednesday, August 8, 2012

'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo


Publisher: Egmont

ISBN: 978-1-4052-2666-0

Length: 182 Pages

Opening Line: '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.'

The 'Blurb': 'A powerful story of the truest of friendships in the worst of wars from the award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.'

Review:

Having seen the film adaptation of this novel, I was interested to see how it differs from the original text. The plot of  the novel 'War Horse' may be slightly simpler than the film version, but I think it is its simplicity, that makes this book more powerful. Even though this is a children's book, Morpurgo doesn't dumb down the effect that the war has on the soldiers and horse involved in the fighting and neither does it glamourize it. I did have some trepidation about the fact that a horse is the narrator of this story, but I think it works. This isn't a cute story about a horse, but a powerful message that war is useless and not everyone who is involved, wants to be there.

Is this worth a read?

If you love animals or a book with heart, then yes I would suggest reading this book. It would also be a great book to share with children, to educate them about the effects of war.

2 comments:

  1. Great review Spangle! Need to read this

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  2. Great review. Loved the movie. The captured emotions between the horse and the young man, later a soldier. The truth that war kills and everyone struggle with it comes out beautifully. I think Mr. Spielberg and co made a excellent movie to watch for young and old.

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