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The story behind this book...,
This review is from: The Black Stallion and the Girl (Paperback)
Don't know how many readers are aware of the fact that Pam in this book (and a short snippet in the following book) is based on Walter Farley's own daughter, Pam Farley, who loved horses...she passed away in a car accident at the age of 20 in 1968 in Europe. Mr. Farley stated several times that this book "The Black Stallion & The Girl" was meant as a memorial of her free spirit and love of horses.
That being said, I do not think it is the best of the series. For one thing, I think that Mr. Farley had lost his 'spark' some time before that - and the early death of his beloved daughter didn't help much. The book has not aged well either - Pam comes across as a '60's hippie girl. Henry becomes an intolerant old geezer, and Alec begins to question his parents' values (why he would do that when they have given him a free rein all this time...well...).
I do admit that it was nice to read about Alec falling in love but all those scenes seemed so contrived to me...
It's still better than the followup that was released 12 years later "The Black Stallion Legend" which is just DEPRESSING.
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2009 9:38:59 AM PDT
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J.W. & S.W. says:
Very, very good review...dead on the money in all your points! I thought the three-star rating was fair, even generous. I probably would have given it two, myself.
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