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War Horse

War Horse [Kindle Edition]

Michael Morpurgo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews)

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A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey--now available in paperback!

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?


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: 202 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0439796644
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457WZEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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424 of 442 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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164 of 171 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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162 of 170 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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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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112 of 119 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, Fantastic Author 31 Aug 2009
A Kid's Review
Micheal Morpurgo is an amazing author and you can truly relate to his books. When I read war horse I was close to tears it is a fantastic book full of mixed emotion. The end is different to what I expected although better. It could easily be a true story as it is so realistic and Joey is a delightful horse that every farmer and every army should have. Once I had picked it up I could not put it down again I was so glued to the book. It is so good the whole of my family are trying to get their hands on it. Once I had finshed war horse I went out and brought farm boy which is also good and a follow up of war horse. Every animal/horse lover is sure to enjoy it whatever their age.
Thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 5 hours ago by eileen
5.0 out of 5 stars War horse by Michael Morpurgo
Amazing, something I will never forget. A true master piece full of adventure, bravery and wonderful people. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Deanna Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Simple story but told with great passion and leaves you with a warm feeling. Reading with year 8s at the moment and they love it so far.
Published 6 days ago by Jennifer Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book, more detailed than the movie.
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. P. Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Usual high standard of Michael Morpurgo
Published 7 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality. Very pleased
Arrived on time and per specification. Good quality. Very pleased.
Published 8 days ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Get it and read it no matter ...
Beautiful book. Get it and read it no matter what age you are or no matter what age the person you are going to read to is. Its brilliantly written and its a beautiful. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kasey J
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed reading this book after watching the stage performance
Published 10 days ago by Marcia Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read.
Published 10 days ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing.
This book is really good. It's the best Michael Morpurgo book I've ever read. I liked it because it's very emotional and exciting.
Published 10 days ago by Null ARC N-73
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