(M40'12) King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry

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(M40'12) King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry

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kesäkuu 2, 2012, 5:27am

I can't even say how many times I've read this book and felt the excitement of the races and the sadness of suffering or the strength found in hope... It's a Newbery Winner for a reason.

The fact that I didn't write much isn't a matter of not having anything to like, it's a matter of the book reading so quickly and the reader being so caught up in the story. You start the book at lunch and look up and realize two hours have gone by and you're nearly done reading already.

My only issue with this book is that on page 22 there's mention of the horses being put through the fasting of Ramadan. I don't agree with that, but if that's what the Sultan did then that's what he did. What I objected to was that the /pregnant/ ones were put on fast. You don't fast if you're pregnant or traveling... so why was the mare put through it?

Agba listened so intently for the Sultan's answer that he wished the honeybees and flies would go about their business more quietly. p52
This is a great line, very descriptive. I think we've all listened so hard for something that we've heard anything else instead of what we wanted, just because we were paying such close attention.

But here again the man was as awkward as a pump without a handle. p106
Another of those descriptive lines.

Butterflies grazed Sham's nose, leaving the powder from their wings as a token of trust. p148
Yet again, same as before.

Newmarket! The word sent Agba on fire! Since he first had come to England he had hard horseshoers, jockeys, water boys exercise men, saddlers, capmakers, whip-makers, the Earl, and even the Duchess, say the word as if it held ice and flame in its syllables. p157
A great description of the power behind everything there. Just awesome.

Each of the horses was hooded and blanketed in the vivid colors of his own stable -red, yellow, purple, gray, orange.

Agba was dazzled by the sight. It was as if some sky giant had opened a jewel-bag and tossed rubies, amethysts, sapphires and moonstones onto the grass.
It's descriptions like this that really give the kids an idea of what the image in their minds should be like.

And I have to say, on a final note, that the last words about the Godolphin Arabian are very touching. They make me cry every time. Just a little.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 3, 2012, 12:00pm


I might also note that Moroccan or other "desert" style music goes kinda well with this book.

kesäkuu 5, 2012, 8:05pm

I think I said that I'd like to read this book together, so that's another time you'll read it too. Should I apologise for that? Nope, didn't think so. :)

I love the descriptive lines you quote - especially the one about the butterfly. People just done write this well any more, or rarely that is.

I can't really say much else except that I want to hear it/read it... experience this book.