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I loved this book! I read the book and watched the film so I recommend it to all! It is one of those books that you could read over and over again and not get bored of it.
Name and Author
The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
The cover pictures vary from a picture of a horse and of two of the human characters. Paper-back and hard-backs are availible. Also the film and CD roms are availible. The book has approximatly479 pages.
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The plot of this story in breif (I don'twant to give it away!), is one of a small family. One snowy winters morning two best friends called Grace and Judith go riding on their horses Pilgrim and Gulliver. During the ride there is a tradgic accident that involves death of certain characters. The accident leaves some characters involved physically and more mentally scared. The scaring is over come by seeing the 'horse whisperer' (Tom). The story involves a love triangle but is also action packed too!
I would recommend this book to anyone-but particulary horse and pony lovers!
This book is my absolute favourite book of all time and one I have read again and again and again, I will never tire of it.
The book tells the story of Grace, a 13 year old girl who one day goes out riding with her best friend and is involved in an accident with a truck. Grace and her horse, Pilgrim survive but sadly her friend, Judy, and friends horse, Gulliver, are killed in the accident. All this leaves both Grace and Pilgrim scarred physically (Grace has to have her leg amputated at the knee and Pilgrim has horrific injuries to his face and chest) and of course mentally.
Grace's mother, Annie, decides to try to help Pilgrim overcome his injuries and the issues surrounding his mental state by uprooting herself and Grace and taking him to a Horse Whisperer, Tom in Montana.
The rest of the book concerns Grace and her issues with her family (most of all her mother), trying to battle through what has happened to both herself and Pilgrim while also trying to lead a normal teenage life. There is also a romantic element to the book concerning Grace's mother, Annie, and the love triangle that develops between her husband, Robert, and the horse whisperer, Tom.
Nicholas Evans is a fantasic writer and this book is gripping, romantic and horrific (and that's just the first few chapters!) He is fantastically descriptive and really helps pull you into the story.
I don't believe that you need to be a horse lover to enjoy this book, in fact I have recommended this book to alot of my non horsey friends and they have all loved it.
A gripping read that you just will not be able to put down, I would recommend this book to all.
This is a fantastic book that I really enjoyed reading a few years back. The Horse Whisperer tells the tale of a girl who is involved in a tragic accident where her best friend dies and her own leg is amputated. The accident occured whilst the girls were on horse back so obviously the horse is mentally scarrd from the incident.
The story concerns the girls (grace) family and her relationship with her high flyng mother annie who decides to fly grace and the horse to a horse whisperer who is said to work wonders.
The book tells of the rebuilding of a girls life through the love for her horse and her family and how the therpay from this horse whisperer will help her through it. There is also a romantic aspect as Annie falls for the Whisperer (Tom) and gives up almost everything for him. There are some incredibly romantic and also erotic scenes that make the book exciting and 'un-put-downable'!
It's a brilliant read and one that you don't need to like horses to enjoy!
Due to all of the reviews I read on here and other sites, I have an ever increasing pile of books to read. Some I anticipate more than others, and some I read just because they are the next one on the pile. 'The Horse Whisperer' fell into the latter category. I had seen the film, and actually quite liked it, so I was not sure how I would enjoy the book, especially as I knew the twists and turns of the story. I am off work at the moment, so this book had my undivided attention, and I am so glad that it did. I finished it yesterday, and I can honestly say I would read it again, as I am sure there are many parts I have missed because at times I think I was frantically skimming the odd page so I could see where the next page would take me. Nicholas Evans is not an author whose work I am familiar with, and as this was his first novel published in the mid 1990's, I can only hope that is this is the standard he is setting, his future work is certainly worth looking out for! I assure you he is not another Jilly Cooper, combining love, sex and horses, but I assure you there are plenty of all three, just in a more subtle manner! The story initally focuses on the MacLean family. Mother Annie is a successful writer whose drive and ambition have lead to her being headhunted for the position of editor with a high profile magazine. Her husband Robert, is a lawyer, and seems to pretty much follow Annie's lead where the family are concerned. They have a daughter called Grace, who is the focus of their attention when they are at home, and she is even more precious as they have never been able to have another child to complete their family. Grace is an amiable child who loves to ride her newly purchased horse Pilgrim at the home they have away from the city. Their idyllic lives are shattered when Grace goes riding on a winter's morning, and is involved in a tragic accident which leaves her friend Judith and her horse Gulliver de
ad, whilst Pilgrim and Grace are seriously injured, and doubts remain whether either of them will survive. Grace recovers but has to start her teenage years as an amputee, as the injuries she sustained in the accident were so serious one of her legs had to be amputated. Annie and Robert deal with the news in different ways, and Annie is portrayed as a woman who is devoid of emotion, and looks on Robert as the weaker party when he dares to shed a tear over his daughter's loss. Pilgrim's physical injuries indicate that he will not survive, but Annie will not hear of any suggestions that he is put to sleep, but she is unaware of the emotional trauma the horse has suffered which has turned him into a frightened, and frankly dangerous animal. Annie dismisses all of the opinions pushed on her by people who are qualified to know what to do, and sets out to cure Pilgrim, and regain the horse that Grace loved so much before the accident. Annie hears about men who work as horse whisperers, and through word of mouth she contacts Tom Booker. He finds Annie pushy, and at first is disgusted that she would even think of putting the horse through anymore pain and suffering, so he refuses to help, but this does not put Annie off. She packs up Grace and Pilgrim and travels over 2000 miles to Tom's home to beg for his help. This is where the story really grows in depth and emotion where relationships are scrutinised, then mended or broken. I do not want to spoil your enjoyment of the book, so I will not let on anymore of the story, needless to say, I have not given away any major plot lines! I really bought into the characters, and felt for them every step of the way, and as a mother, I tried to put myself in Annie's position to see if I could empathise with her. The descriptions of the animals and the surroundings are so brilliant, I could see them complete in my mind's eye, and I did this as I tried to clear my mind o
f what I had seen in the film. I felt panic along with them, but then I felt sadness with them, and each turn of the page made me experience a different emotion. This book is amazing, and even if you are not a fan of love stories, it is not too sickly sweet to put you off. This is what happens when you meet someone who could have been the love of your life, but someone else took their place without you knowing it. This story made me experience so many emotions, and as I finished the final page I felt quite worn out. There is tragedy, sadness, determination, love, hate, jealousy, and when you think the book might finish off neatly, you are presented with a final devastating twist in the plot. I really loved the characters, and I think seeing the film helped me to form mental pictures of them, although I have to say Tom should have been played by a younger actor than Robert Redford, and Kristin Scott Thomas would not have been my first choice based on the characters in the book. Get this book now.....even the most macho of you!!
I am not a great fan of love stories and despite the fact that the cover of this book was adorned with a photograph of Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas which had me reaching for my bucket I was not to be deterred from reading what, according to the Daily Telegraph, was one of the top 100 books of the 20th century. In any event, at least there were horses in it and I am an animal lover and a rider (although I wouldn?t go as far as to wear the T-shirt that proudly exclaims ?I?d rather be mucking out?). THE PLOT Grace Maclean, a young girl, is out riding early one snowy morning on her horse, Pilgrim, with her friend Judith on her horse, Gulliver. A long distance lorry driver is late for his delivery to the local mill and has forgotten his snow chains. When the two girls get themselves into trouble on an icy bank at the side of the road, Judith finds herself dangling from the stirrups of a terrified horse in the middle of the road. Suddenly the lorry is bearing down on them and there is no way an accident can be avoided. Judith and Gulliver both die. Grace has to have her leg amputated and Pilgrim has massive injuries but, at the insistence of Grace?s mother, is kept alive. It soon becomes clear that Pilgrim has been left with horrific psychological scars. Annie, Grace?s mother, decides to take Pilgrim and Grace down to Montana to seek the help of a top ?horse whisperer?, a man who seems to work wonders with horses with problems. Once there the whisperer, Tom Booker, begins to change the lives of horse, girl and woman. DESCRIPTIONS Nicholas Evans can be marvellously detailed in his narrative. Nothing is more striking in this regard than his early description of the accident with the lorry. We feel as though we are closely involved with the girls and their horses as the lorry comes towards them. We feel the panic, we see the inevitability of the accident and we are forced to watch the horror o
f the situation unfolding from close quarters with no opportunity to escape. His account is very detailed and realistic and it is possible to envision the scene in infinite detail. Being able to feel so involved in the action at such an early stage enables the reader to become deeply embroiled in the story and to empathise with the characters from the outset. His detailed and life-like descriptions are put to more calming effect later in the book when our heroines arrive in Montana. We are treated to beautiful images of the rolling countryside, the wild mustangs roaming, the unpredictable weather and the rawness of nature. The reader becomes quickly immersed in the scenery and picturing the unfolding story with such a firmly entrenched physical setting is easy. THE CHARACTERS Although we come to know Grace very well, she is just a child and an understandably emotionally disturbed one at that. Obviously we can sympathise with her deeply and be interested in her progress and recovery but beyond that we are unlikely to empathise with her on any deeper level. The character whom we come to know best is that of Annie, Grace?s mother. She is a high-flyer in the publishing world and yet she is willing to risk her career to take an extended break in the country to fix the horse and give her daughter a break. She begins to fall in love with Tom Booker and at this point our feelings towards her become ambivalent. Annie is married to Robert, Grace?s father, they seem happy and you could not ask for a more devoted husband and father. We have no reason to dislike Robert and so how can we read about Annie?s developing attraction to another man and side with her. Yet Montana seems so far away from their busy lives in New York and Annie tries to live each day as the present and not think about tomorrow. By taking a leaf from her book we can tolerate the affair and feel sympathy for this relationship that has an unstable
basis and surely has no future? Besides, Tom Booker is rather nice! A man so in touch with nature, so able with horses, so gentle and yet so firm does seem rather irresistible. As we see the effect he has on difficult horses and, on a more sensitive level, as we see the beneficial effect he has on poor troubled Grace, we can?t help but feel a growing admiration for him and female readers will understand why Annie finds herself going weak at the knees. We cannot help but like Tom. In addition to all the above positive qualities he also realises that his own attraction to Annie is wrong. Once he realises that there is electricity developing between them, he attempts to distance himself from her. He is not rude and remains civil and courteous and yet he tries to avoid any situation where they might be alone. He tries to do the right thing. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHORT BOOK! One thing which I found hard to swallow near the beginning of the book was the early treatment of Pilgrim. He was extremely badly injured in the accident, with a badly broken nose, all sorts of cracked bones and a deep gash in his chest requiring over 200 stitches. Worse than these physical injuries was his horrific psychological state. His personality transformed and he would be very distressed at any human contact. It seemed the height of cruelty to keep him alive, rather than choosing the option of putting him down. The length of time he had to suffer for was unacceptable and if it had not been for the appearance of Tom Booker he would probably never have recovered to a sufficient level at which he could have a good quality of life. This is not just my hard nosed and practical approach to life speaking, as the vet who is called to the scene of the accident and who cares for Pilgrim in the first weeks of the aftermath, advises euthanasia himself and at one point finally reaches the end of his tether saying that he can no long condone the treatment of
this horse, which should have been put out of its misery. Annie?s insistence that Pilgrim should not be put down seems to be down to some sort of strange superstition. She seems to have sub-consciously linked the progress of Pilgrim with that of her own child, Grace. She seems to think that if she can get Pilgrim right again, then Grace will also recover. This may well be due to the fact that she feels powerless to assist Grace and rather than facing that powerlessness she concocts a situation in which she can take action and make herself feel more in control. I understood her motives and the underlying reasons for her actions and obviously could do little else than sympathise with her, after all who could blame a mother feeling otherwise after the horrific events that had befallen her child? However, a spark of resentment grew within me as I thought of the unnecessary suffering of this horse and that resentment would make it harder for me to sympathise with Annie as the book progressed. ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL The book was very well written and the detailed descriptions conjured up vivid images of the settings and the characters. I found myself fascinated by the process used to help the horse approach recovery and reading about the dynamics between mother and daughter was also fascinating. The book was an enjoyable read and even the love story aspect ended satisfactorily in my mind (obviously I can say no more without spoiling it); it falls slightly short of everyone living happily ever after but in such circumstances that could never be. There is a dramatic finale, however, and the story doesn?t just peter out in a tiresome walking into the sunset manner. I would recommend this as a pleasant and gentle read but I won?t be rushing off to see the film adaptation (not without a bucket in one hand and a box of tissues in the other anyway)! OTHER INFORMATION Price: £5.99 Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Ltd, 61-63 Uxbridge Road, London ISBN: 0-552-14654-4
A man with the gift to heal horses enters the lives of a woman and her daughter in Montana.