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The Horsemen Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1971


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451046382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451046383
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,479,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith Van on November 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book thirty years ago. It changed my life. It helped me understand the strength of human will, and of the Afghan character. I am a voracious reader. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Not the most endearing or the most fuzzy and warm for sure, but for purity and beauty of language, image and plot this book is a standout. Since reading it, I understand that it will do NO country good to fight in Afghanistan. The Afghani's will fight until they all die. They won't comporomise. Too bad America can't go back to the early 1900's and start all over with them. They are an admirable people.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A tale of a foreign country (Afghanistan), a foreign game (buzkhazi), and a foreign mind. Kessel approachs the wants and desires of anyman/everyman and allows the reader access to the whys and wherefores of these motivations. He plays the reader like an expert fisherman, and one vacillates between loving and hating the protagonists. A must read for anyone who likes adventure and/or treatises on the human condition
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fiore on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A unique look at the stubborn inner self, and self-punishment. And a revealing view of humankind.
A proud and savage prince has been trained all his life to win a game that goes beyond a game. He is an outstanding athlete, his father raises outstanding horses, and he and his horse have been groomed and trained to win. Nothing less.
This is the tale of a struggle to deny reality. It is a painful, frightening, revealing, gripping story, and nearly impossible to put down. I have never forgotten it, though I read it many years ago, and I doubt anyone else could forget it either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnRides on August 17, 2011
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This is a great historical drama about the horsemen of Afganistan and the transition between the past and the modern world. You really need to see the movie with O'mar Shariff and Jack Palance first then the book has more context, Kessler is a little overly desriptive of some geography and emotional scenes but that seems to be his style of writing.
A lot of older movies are kind of disapointing when you watch them years later cause the production values are so dated. Not the case with this classic film, the book and the film do equal justice to each other. This is a good read about the relationship of a strong father and son, kind of Lonesome Dove -ish. GOOD READ!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
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Even if life is different in each country, men are the same. This book, which takes place in Afghanistan, tells you the story of a journey, the journey of mankind on earth. Through a fairy tale, Kessel (as TimO'Brien does) finds out the real meaning of life... what more could you expect from a book?
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