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Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter's Son Paperback – March 24, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The horses are in there, with tales of Secretariat and War Emblem, horses carrying soldiers to war, hobby-horses, and the bond between humans and horses. But not in the way you expect.
This is a story about a sportswriter father, written by his son. But it's more than that. It's about being at the Keeneland yearling sale on September 10 and 11th 2001. It's about hearing his father's story of the 1973 Triple Crown races and the man as a boy sitting in the press box after a baseball game watching his father interact with his fellow newspapermen. It's about that moment in your life when you first see the human being, not the parent, and coming to terms with it. And a lot of other stuff that is hard to explain but makes perfect sense as you read it. It roams from Woodstock, to 1830's Germany, to the 1800's journal of a Kentucky itinerate well-digger, to the 2003 Belmont Stakes and ends in a way that is a perfect tribute in so many ways you have to have read it for me to explain it.
The last time I was so taken by a book was John Irving's The World According to Garp. But this is real life, and it tastes of it. Buy it if you are interested in horses - or in humans. Or in both.
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Great writing style. It flowed nicely from topic to topic and from current time to past events as the author recalled his father. Good wit.Published 8 months ago by Tony S.
Good paper quality, easy to read. in general like new condition. Boring book tho. Its a good book to read if you want to passout.Published on August 17, 2013 by Jacob Slickster
My son had to read this book for next year's class. After finishing it, and talking with his classmates, their first question was, "Why did the author write this book? Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by gary anderson
I was hoping for more of a behind the scenes look at the race world since his Dad covered the big Secretariat match... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Lainey
It takes a special talent to mesh the story of a vast and complex culture like horsebreeding with the even more complex interpersonal dramas shared by a father and son, but... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Mikey C.
I can't help but add my voice to the chorus of accolades. This book is a gem. Sullivan tells his tale in an original voice and finding this voice is a delightful discovery. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by K. Collins