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War Horse

War Horse [Kindle Edition]

Michael Morpurgo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (856 customer reviews)

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The book that inspired Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show . . . it can only be Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. The bedlam of battle had begun. All around me men cried and fell to the ground, and horses reared and screamed in an agony of fear and pain. The shells whined and roared overhead, and every explosion seemed like an earthquake to us. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.

Former Children’s Laureate and award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo, has written nearly 100 books for children, many of them war stories. But none have become as famous as War Horse. Inspiring a long-running stage show and a box office film directed by Steven Spielberg, War Horse has become an international sensation. Read the book that started it all; the stunning wartime classic.


A thoroughbred horse, Joey, is passed through a succession of owners until he finally finds himself in the thick of the action in the First World War. He is then captured by the English and is finally reunited with his original, loving owners. Reissued.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405226668
  • Publisher: Egmont (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B5M0PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (856 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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422 of 439 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some horse sense... 4 Oct 2004
Set in three European countries where war hits hard in 1914, Morpurgo's book surprisingly puts its focus with a young horse, through whose eyes and mind the reader is familiarized with the atrocities of war as they unfold. While as a literary device this might appear cheap or far-fetched, here it functions in quite a unique way.
Whether witness, victim or participant, Joey (the horse) merely undergoes whilst observing without interacting by means of speech the way that humans would.
The restraint which the author imposes on his narrative in selecting this point of view just works wonders. The further into the story, the reader (whether adult or youngster) gradually conceives a growing sympathy with the war horse and ends up nearly identifying with his animal companion.
Along with Joey, he gets to interact with the people (civilian or military) who temporarily own him and gradually will, of his own account, make a distinction between the ones who approach him fairly or harshly. As he is dragged into the avalanche of warfare, he gets to make sense of the horse's gratitude and emotionality one way, and his pain or distress, another.
To cut (not such) a long story short, to say that Mr Morpurgo does perfect credit to whoever gets dragged into the nightmarish abyss of war at any time and any place, is no exaggeration. His understated style only adds to the qualities that characterize the book as it is.
Perfection is not of this world, so the word goes, but this one comes ever so close.
War horse is a gem. It is a must-read, and not just for young readers.
Read and understand why, at times, books are indispensable.
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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go War Horse!!! 11 Oct 2008
A Kid's Review
Hi I am only 10 but this is the best book i have read in 10 years.I love the story it can get sad at times and make you cry but it is very enjoyeble. This is a book for keeps a must read.if you like this book then you will also like Born to run.WAR HORSE IS THE BEST!!!!!!
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161 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and realise the futility of War... 4 Oct 1999
A tremendous book, and it deserves to be up there with Black Beauty. The tale of a horse that becomes part of World War1, and it views the war from both sides. The story is tightly written, the narrative excellent, and the things that happen will live with you long after the book is finished. A climatic scene between enemies is the highlight of the book and should make children (and adults) realise the futility of war. Get the tissues out...this is a wonderful, thought provoking story-with,I hasten to add, a sort of happy ending. Read it yourself, then give it to your children - a wonderful, wonderful book!
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Sep 2004
By A Customer
I read this book when I was about ten, it was amazing, totally absorbing, I got to the major war scene when I was in quiet reading at school, and cried. Thirteen years later, I have never forgotten this book, it's wonderful, and the author is great and really knows how to capture a reader.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 13 Sep 2009
A Kid's Review
I love it!,it's the best book I've ever read! It's sad good,exciting,and touching.
I'd recomend it to people who love adventure and who love animals. Charlotte age 8
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WarHorse 14 July 2009
A brilliant book, very poignant. I bought it after seeing the west end play based on the book -which I would also highly recommend. When I had finished the book I passed it onto my 9 year old great nephew who also read it non-stop and thoroughly enjoyed it though he sad it was rather sad. Definitely appeals to all age groups! An easy read but a good one
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book! 20 April 2006
Not since Black Beauty has there been a book like this one. War Horse also tells the plight of the soliders, both German and English and the horrors that they went through. It made me cry but the ending made me smile as well. I think everyone should read it and Anna Sewell would have been proud of it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Partner to Private Peaceful 17 May 2009
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo is the story of a young British soldier tried for cowardice in the First World War. Powerfully written and unflinching in its portrayal of barbarity it is definitely a book for older teens.

In War Horse Morpurgo has found a story which still illustrates the horrors of the First World War, but in a way which will appeal to and be understood by younger readers from about 11 upwards.

This story is told by Joey, a horse brought up in a rural farming community in the South of England, who is sold by the farmer to the recruiting officers looking for cavalry horses to take into battle.

Joey's account of the war takes him across France and across No Man's Land to both sides who are fighting. He is set to work both as a cavalry horse and pulling guns and ambulances as well as having to work the land. His journey shows us the war from every possible angle and shows the human side and cost of such an epic story, as all the while he searches for his original owner Albert, who had vowed to come and find him no matter what.

Despite the subject matter this is a strangely unsentimental story, which works so well because it is told through neutral eyes.

It has recently been translated as a stage play by the National Theatre in London and has just transferred to the West End. It is a remarkable telling of what is a remarkable book, and if you enjoyed this I urge you to go and see it if you possibly can.
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