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A Horse's Tale Paperback – April 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1594567339 ISBN-10: 1594567336

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594567336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594567339
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Mark Twain began his career in letters as a printer's apprentice at the age of 12. He worked as a typesetter and hack writer until a trip down the Mississippi inspired him to become a steamboat pilot. Twain was a popular humorist, a failed silver miner, an inventor, a pacifist anti - imperialist, and a vegetarian. He had a strong interest in the paranormal. Twain's novel 'Huckleberry Finn' has profoundly influenced the development of American storytelling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Despite my love of reading about anything equine, I don't recommend this book.
Sharon Miner
The gut and heart wrenching ending for anyone who loves children and/or animals is disturbing to say the least, and I don't mind tragedy with a purpose.
Kim LaSavio
The only thing about a horse in this book was half the first chapter, and Buffalo Bill riding.
David K.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ChadBJX on January 17, 2011
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Having read a few of Twain's books before I decided to pick this one up during a bout of insomnia. 99% of the book is sort of interesting, tells a story in a round about way and makes you care for the young girl and the horse she falls in love with. I'm not sure what Twain's purpose was here, a shock piece, maybe, on the brutality of old style bull fighting where a blindfolded horse was used virtually as a target in a bloodsport. But it was very cruel of the author to make us care about these two only to kill them off savagely in a bullring with the child cradling the head of her dying horse in her arms as the enraged bull charges.
Do NOT read this book to a child, do NOT give this book to a child. In my opinion it should have a warning label! That being said, understand that I'm a 56 year old man and this story haunted me for days.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kim LaSavio on January 15, 2011
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As a Mark Twain and horse lover, I was naturally intrigued by the title of this short story and greatly enjoyed the story until the last several chapters. The gut and heart wrenching ending for anyone who loves children and/or animals is disturbing to say the least, and I don't mind tragedy with a purpose. This was so bad as to keep me awake for several nights after finishing. DO NOT read this to children!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bccarlis on September 6, 2012
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I will admit that the end is not for the faint of heart! But true to Mark Twain's style, the book was vivid and creative. I don't particularly like books that humanize animals, but I think Twain did a fine job of telling the story from a horse's point of view.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Jensen on February 12, 2012
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i had just started this book when i read the reviews. after reading that it kept adults awake at night for a few nights i deleted it right away. i am lucky i hadn't read past chapter 2. as a 11 yr old and horse lover i don't want to read about dying or blood. PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER OR KID.i am glad i didn't!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susan on March 13, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book although I didn't care for the ending. It was an easy and quick read. I would recommend this book.
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By K. A. Birtchman on November 24, 2012
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Okay, so THIS book was amazing, but the ending, WOW, it really made me mad I love Mark Twain and all his pieces, and so I see this as being a normal write. Very well written. Wish it was longer.
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A good book with a strange ending. It helps to be a Twain fan of course. For some reason Twain wanted a tragic ending to this book. This book is not something PETA would buy for there office. LOL
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sharico66 on February 20, 2011
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This book certainly taught me that you should always read the reviews before downloading a book. I did enjoy some of the book. I actually laughed outloud a few times. I pictured a young Shirley Temple as Lieutenant-General Alison. It was somewhat difficult to follow all of the characters as both humans and animals talked. I do agree with the other reviewers that there wasn't much story about a horse and it was a disturbing story. I'm not a member of any animal rights group but I am a horse lover and a former owner. Twain certainly did not hold back and spare any horribly cruel details. My advice is if you read this book just stop at chapter 10, the story takes a major nose dive at that point. NOT A CHILDREN'S BOOK, I was always under the impression that Twain was a G or PG writer.
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