March 26, 2012

War Horse


My daughter saw this movie last Christmas and loved it. Recently, she reserved this YA book at the library, read it, then passed it on to me. Or should I say...kept putting it places around the house where I would see it. I think she really wanted me to read it. :)

Well I just finished it and have to say I loved it too.

It's a heart-wrenching story that takes place during WW1 between a horse and all who come to love him. It's a story told from the point of view of the horse, Joey, who relays conversations heard and expresses how he feels throughout his journey of friendships and war.

War is a tragically ugly thing and many become ugly in it, but there are also many, on both sides, who are just doing their duty and have no desire to kill another. The author portrays this well and gives the reader a sense of respect for our fellow man.


This book also gave me a greater appreciation for the horses who served in war. They played a very important part and were relied on greatly. I hadn't realized how much men depended on them during this war and how many suffered and died along side their riders.

This story was also very touching and I teared up several times, especially during the ending of the book. I highly recommend it, even if you aren't a YA reader. :)

Buy it HERE on Amazon




9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recommendation, Cathy. I wasn't aware that this was a book.

    I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm looking forward to it. It comes out on DVD on April 3, so it looks like I won't have to wait too much longer. ;-)

    Have a great day!

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    1. I haven't seen the movie yet either, so I'm looking forward to it too!

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  2. Hey Cathy - thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm happy to have another fun blog to read. I've not seen War Horse or read the book, but I will confess to having teared up each time I saw a trailer for the movie. Pretty sure I need to both watch and read the story. :)

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    1. I really connected with the characters in this book and I can't wait to see them come to life in the movie. :)

      Glad you came by!

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  3. I'm looking forward to this movie as well, and expect that I'll need a box of kleenex to get through it, just from seeing the previews. :) I do love a good heartwarming story that's "feel good" as well. I also think it's neat that you said the book is from the horse's perspective. Wonder how that will translate to film? Can't wait to see! :)

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    1. I definitely needed kleenex for the book! My daughter said the movie isn't from the point of view of the horse but is still fairly close to the book. I can't wait to see it too!

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  4. Hi Cathy,
    I have been catching up on many of your posts,and find everything so interesting (as always)
    Thank you for all your insight ;-)
    Blessings and Hugs Linnie

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Linnie. It's always nice to see you here. :)

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