- File Size: 4039 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
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- Publisher: Delta Vee (August 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075821TZ7
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What I enjoyed most, though, was the respect the writer showed for people and animals, giving them the dignity they deserve. He admitted to shedding tears at times for some of the living creatures who crossed his path and met their end.
His writing reminded me of James Herriot, who in his books, likewise showed respect for both the people and the animals he encountered.
I also appreciated that the writer did not include details on sexual encounters and swear words were minimal.
Anyone who ever imagined taking off on a horse for parts unknown, outdoor lovers, or even people like me who prefer to read about adventures rather than take off on them, would enjoy this book.
"Man & Horse" is all I'd hoped it would be. The adventure would be compelling told by anyone but John has a way with words. No surprise since he's a talented songwriter. His language is simple, direct and I couldn't put the book down. I finished it in two sittings over a 24 hour period.
John's description of being bitten several times by a black widow spider made me feel his excruciating pain. His encounter with a nasty mayor and deputy showed the patience he'd learned on the ride and from Gizmo. His self-deprecation appears throughout the book and I know that it is genuine. He's not a grandstander and that becomes obvious.
His love, concern and admiration for Gizmo runs throughout the book and his telling of Gizmo's passing years after the ride was over brought a tear to my eye although it was not a maudlin telling.
When John waxes philosophical, as he does now and again, he speaks with a wisdom learned from decades of living in the world of music and the world of horses. His wisdom is deceptively simple yet it is obvious he's spent a good deal of time mulling it over. He doesn't beat one over the head with it but just lets it flow as a part of his narrative. And a provocative narrative it is!
Thank you, John.