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Well written and very touching.
on 18 March 2002
The Red pony is a story of a boy and the pony he is given and subsequently dies, that is essentially the story. However the greatness of this book, as is so often the case with Steinbeck is not the story but the writing, and this is written well, very well in fact. With a fairly limited storyline Steinbeck has to rely on his writing ability as he so often does with the likes of the Wayward Bus, Cannery Row and even to a certain extent East of Eden and the Pullitzer winning Grapes of Wrath. It his undeniable that Steinbeck is one of the most important authors of the 20th century but still his lesser known works go largely unnoticed, it is also true that works such as the Red Pony have a place in our society and should be enjoyed a great deal more than they are. Naturally, when considering the other works that Steinbeck has sculpted it is understandable if some others fall by the wayside but the Red Pony should not be one of them. It is short and concise and should you be looking for something to fill a rainy afternoon and can't bring yourself to go to the video rental store then this is the book you should be reading.