Top critical review
Exciting in parts, boring in other parts.
on 30 January 2015
First of all, I'm a massive horse racing fan and therefore the theme of the book is interesting for me. Surprisingly though, the strongest part of the book is the authors personal story, the thoughts on his father, their relationship, and the sad ending of it. It is emotional and really made me feel it. There are interesting parts about the history of the horse as well as breeding and racing itself. When he talks about the evolving pedigree lines, about the Triple Crown, bringing in his own experience from the Derby.
However, I can only give 3* after all because as captivating the book was in parts, so though it was to stick with it in other parts. There is a clear lack of focus and direction. This switching back and forth, memoirs, history, quotes... there is too much content cramped into this book unfortunately and there were a point where I was seriously considering to discontinue reading it. There were exciting parts, and there were plain boring, pointless parts. Sometimes less is more.