Louie resisted, but he went…and went again. Hillenbrand does a magnificent job of capturing the swirling excitement that surrounded the unbelievable racing career of the unlikely Seabiscuit. This story is not just about Seabiscuit. She says these stories have inspired her, even as she has endured years of physical suffering. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race. It's good literature and at the same time, good history. Laura Hillenbrand breathes life and intimate detail to the world of horse racing.
He lived by a single maxim: 'Learn your horse. Her exquisite attention to detail and her evocative but never ostentatious prose creates a lost world of Depression-era racing. He dedicated his life to nonprofit work helping at-risk boys and, by all accounts, lived relatively happily for the rest of his life. Not only that, Seabiscuit was known to slow down this was even sometimes used as a strategy to let other horses close up during a race, because Seabiscuit seemed to love taunting his rivals and then effortlessly racing ahead to finally win by several lengths. Finally, trying to clear space, I decided it was now or never.
This is a page turner with a heart as bid as its subject. A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well. I know, it is stupid. Openly speaking, friends, let me say that I would never have pick up a book about racehorses and only because of the greats and awesome reviews at goodreads, and also because Laura Hillenbrand was the author, did I in the end made my mind up to read this one. Hillenbrand is a wonderful story teller. Seabiscuit, I was happy to find, was a complete surprise. The lieutenants name was Louis Zamperini.
Synopsis Laura Hillenbrand grew up in the northern suburbs of Washington, D. I reread this book after my initial read several years ago, and it was just as enjoyable as my first. Racing, a sport whose sustained dramatic action was ideally suited to narration, became a staple of the airwave. The book covers Seabiscuit's second photo defeat at the 1938 Santa Anita Handicap, his somewhat controversial stakes race against Ligaroti, and his history-making defeat of War Admiral at Pimlico in 1938. I was very apprehensive about reading about a racehorse when I started the book, twenty minutes into the book, I was hooked. The little forays into lives of jockeys and horsemen in 1930s America were particularly brilliant.
I worried over Pollard, the injury-prone, Shakespeare-quoting jockey. If you can get this edition, do not miss the interview with the author at the end. From his initial outings in the dust of Tijuana to his grudge match with Triple Crown winner War Admiral, Seabiscuit epitomized the rags-to-riches American dream for millions of impoverished citizens who wondered whether the dream was still possible. I love animals, and horses in particular, way too much. I just wish she would take on the story of Goldsmith Maid, a racemare who was literally hell on wheels, conquering both stud horses and other mares on her way to new world records. Even though he was not the most beautiful horse, he loved competition. He stole anything he wanted—mostly food, money, and whatever else he could find.
You want to find out more about these three misfits — excuse me, make that four misfits, including Seabiscuit — and find out how they won the love of a nation in the midst of the Great Depression. The main characters, Charles Howard, Red Pollard and Tom Smith are entwined into Seabiscuit's career and the book shows how his life changed their own lives forever. Unbroken offers a full-spectrum look at the twentieth century. He pursues speed with superlative courage, pushing beyond defeat, beyond exhaustion, sometimes beyond the structural limits of bone and sinew. Being a true story made it a remarkable read! Even if it's a non-fiction book, Hillenbrand knows how to give a true fictional character to the narrative itself, putting her own heart on it. I would gladly read a book about this.
Surpreende-me e choca-me que Seabiscuit ainda não tenha sido publicado em Portugal. Both the book and the movie are worth the hype. Seabiscuit's trainer, , was an old cowboy with an intuitive understanding of horse psychology. This surprise 2001 bestseller illuminates the entire world of horse racing, especially the awful working life of jockeys at that time, and was eventually made into a solid 2003 movie. I was introduced to the story through the movie that came out in 2003. I'm so glad I finally read this, and I'm already seeking out YouTube clips and the feature film. It was a huge, heavy rush, suggesting immensity, a great parting of air.
Having said that, it remains still a tale of resilience, fight, and the story of an underdog--what in my opinion is almost always a good one, indeed-- The main characters arouse empathy, so that you will suffer with them, although they are full of flaws and defects, but they never give up!!!! At first, Louie and his crew passed idle days waiting for battle. He trained as a bombardier, flying in the clunky but powerful B-24 Liberator planes. I am looking forward for her third book which I hope will come pretty soon. He was then entered in a race with War Admiral in a full field. After reading Seabiscuit and Unbroken, I will read absolutely anything Hillenbrand writes! This is a book teeming with interesting and fascinating characters, not the least of which is Seabiscuit himself. He beat Louie daily, sometimes with his fists, sometimes with his belt, often with his kendo stick.
Never underestimate the under dog! And ever since then, I've given non-fiction more chances, and with better luck, than ever before. I absolutely loved learning about the ins and outs of horse racing The story of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard is nothing short of awe inspiring. So many times I had picked up a non-fiction book on a topic that I was really curious about, and either put it down unfinished or forced myself to slog through it. I've been reading non-fiction before Seabiscuit. She had to spend hours going through old newspapers, magazines and journals. Howard felt confidence swell in him again. A true inspirational story about broken hearts and lost souls, the golden thread that holds them together and yes.
What looked very flawed on the outside had power and drive that won the world over! For two years, he fought his trainers and floundered at the lowest level of racing, misunderstood and mishandled, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. He lived on a California ranch so huge that a man could take a wrong turn on it and be lost forever, but it wasnt his circumstances either. She found that his story was a triumph over adversity that mimicked her personal predicament in many ways. Though nonfiction, the book pushes the reader forward using narrative elements more commonly found in fiction novels, as lives and situations intersect and diverge. The one thing I did miss out on with the audio, are the photos in the book. A horse, which has learned to live with pain and humiliation.