Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Black Stallion

Published originally in 1941, this book is about a young boy, Alec Ramsay who finds a wild black stallion at a small Arabian port on the Red Sea. The animal is wild, and uncontrollable. Between the black stallion and young boy, a strange understanding grew that you lead them through untold dangers as they journeyed to America. On their journey, a terrible storm occurs, and Alec is tossed overboard the ship he is traveling on. The stallion escapes out of his enclosure as the ship sinks. Alec is stranded on a deserted island alone with the stallion, which actually saves him from drowning. 

 Alec could never understand that his adventures with the black stallion would capture the interest of an entire nation. After a long time on the island, Alec befriends the wild stallion. The people in Arabia said that the beast could never be tamed, but they were half wrong. Alec manages to convince the Stallion to let  him ride him. After a few fails (Over a period of days), Alec manages. 
But soon they are rescued and taken back to civilization in America. But there are national horse- races going on in a couple month's time. Can Alec participate, with his born-to-run stallion, against the fastest horses that have ever participated, and not ruin his and the stallion's reputation?

Again, like the books 'The Giver (Lois Lowry)' and 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth', this classic tale is a MUST read. Walter Farley captures a sense of unimaginable and unexpected bond of trust and friendship between horse and boy, and a daring sense of adventure. This book deserves a million people's applause, and I give it 10/10 golden stars.

If you haven't read it and like classics, please, do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book. I also recommend it to people aged 11- 99 and if you have read 'Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)' and liked it, this is a great book for you to read.

This book was recommended to me by my Grade 7 english teacher, Mr. Starzynski, and to him I owe him an even greater 'thank you very much' than what I gave him when I returned his copy of the book. He completed my life of classical literature. Thank you so much!

This is an AMAZING book! Please leave comments about your thoughts!

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