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A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero's journey.In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touchesA powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero's journey.In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?...

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Number of Pages : 165 Pages
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War Horse Reviews

  • P
    2019-06-18 14:41

    “I can hate you more, but I'll never love you less.” This book is so beautiful in many ways. I wanted to weep all day after I finished. War Horse is very unique because it's told by Joey, a horse being thrusted into the war on the Western Front. The story is innocent, yet it's so sensational and full of angst from the characters. I felt attached to the story from the first chapter and couldn't peel my eyes off then. Morpugo created such a striking story about the war with a horse and a boy trying to find each other. I could perceive about everything through this book and lost a lot of tears by reading only.“They fight a war and they don't know what for. Isn't that crazy? How can one man kill another and not really know the reason why he does it, except that the other man wears a different color uniform and speaks a different language?”I can read this book and watch the movie without getting bored. And Tom Hiddleston always slay me with his acting skills.

  • Will Byrnes
    2019-06-05 17:34

    In the tradition of National Velvet and Black Beauty, War Horse is a moving tale of a horse and a time. The horse is Joey. The time is World War One. After bonding with thirteen-year-old Albert at the family farm, Joey is sold to the Army by Albert’s struggling dad. And so the adventure and a series of encounters with a wide range of people begins. An image from Spielberg's magnificent film - from AOL They run the course from a loving teenage French girl to cruel Teutonic warriors, from kindly British officers to equally generous German soldiers. Joey bonds with another horse in his tour of duty, as a sort of big brother. Even without dialogue Morpurgo conveys their attachment. This is a book clearly written for a YA reader, maybe even a Y without the A. It is written simply and is easy to read. Joey is presented as a remarkable steed, and is lavished with enough appreciation to make an adult gag at times, but keep the hankies handy as there is very moving heartbreak as well. In addition, Morpurgo offers commentary on war and a look at the horrors entailed in that War To End All Wars. War Horse is a fast, enjoyable, emotion-rich read, even for an old oater like me. I read this in anticipation of the film being released in December 2011. It was, IMHO, amazing, not only capturing the essence of the book, but doing so in a lush, classical format that was a pure joy to behold. So it's sappy. So what? It is a great film that does justice to a great book. And john Williams' score for the film was spectacular as well.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-06-13 17:46

    War Horse, Michael Morpurgo تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم نوامبر سال 2013 میلادیعنوان: اسب جنگی؛ نویسنده: مایکل مورپرگو؛ مترجم: پروین علی پور؛ تهران، افق، چاپ دوم 1392؛ ئر 189 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 20 ماسنیون اسپیلبرگ از این داستان فیلمی دیدنی ساخته و پرداخته است. «جویی» اسب جوانی ست که مزرعه داری خریداری میکند. پسرش آلبرت تیمار «جویی» را به گردن میگیرد، و دل به «جویی» میسپارد. او بارها و بارها به سبب رفتار نامناسب پدرش با جویی، با پدر خویش درگیر میشود. جنگ جهانگیر نخست آغاز میشود، و پدر مزرعه دار به دلیل بدهی و بی خبر از پسرش، جویی را به سروان نیکلاس، افسر مهربان سواره نظام که از جنگ دل خوشی ندارد، میفروشد. پس از کشته شدن سروان .... ؛ آلبرت داوطلبانه به خدمت سربازی و به اروپای در جنگ پای می‌گذارد. ... دو سرباز یکی انگلیسی و دیگری آلمانی، زیر آتش دشمن، برای نجات جان «جویی»، جان خویش را به خطر می‌اندازند. پس از نجات اسب، آن دو برای تصاحب اسب تنها با یک شیر یا خط، غائله را پایان می‌دهند و هیچ درگیری فیزیکی بین آن دو رخ نمی‌دهد. سرباز آلمانی پیشنها میکند کشتی بگیرند اما سرباز انگلیسی شیر یا خط را پیشنهاد می‌کند، و همه چیز مسالمت آمیز پایان می‌یابد و آن دو با دست دادن با یکدیگر، به سران و دولتهای جنگ‌ افروز خود پیام صلح می‌دهند. چند سال پیشتر هم خوانده بودم، دیشب (هشتم اکتبر سال 2015 میلادی) کنار تخت بود، گفتم دوباره یک دو فصل میخوانم تا خوابم ببرد، ساعت پنج صبح 189 ص دوباره تمام شد. ا. شربیانی

  • Mario
    2019-05-29 15:41

    If somebody told me that book written in horse's POV would be this emotional, I wouldn't have believed it.From page one, I knew that this wasn't going to be happy and light read (even in chapter 1 so much happened). It dealt with war, and how unfair and stupid it is. But it also dealt with so much more than that. It's a story about friendship, loyalty, love and survival. And I felt like this book was so much longer than it actually was. I guess that is because so much happened in it. But surprisingly, even though it was short, not one part of this book felt rushed (at least to me).Now off to see the movie. Hopefully it'll stay faithful to the book.

  • Dem
    2019-06-07 15:27

    Small Books can often leave big impressions and this is the case with War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.Michael Murpurgo writes wonderful children's novels and I had loved some of his books very much and War Horse is one of those books that leaves a lasting impression.This is not a novel with a complicated plot or twists and turns but a beautiful story simply told and I find sometimes these can be the best. Warhorse is a moving story about a horse called Joey and his experiences during service in the first world war. Joey a farmhorse is sold to the army and witnesses battle from both side of the trenches. This book is aimed at the 9-12 year old market(but can be enjoyed by readers of any age) and the author really knows how to tell a story and how to educate his reader while doing so. I found the war scenes appropriate for the age group this book was aimed at and yet enough to make the reader feel the horrors of war.I loved the way Joey the horse seemed to give hope to the men on the battlefield and while war was all around them the horses gave the soldiers a sense of calm and hope.I bought this book for my ten year old and as the film War Horse is now showing in the cinema I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie and I really enjoyed this book. One of my favourite books by Michael Murpurgo is Private Peaceful.

  • Leonard Gaya
    2019-05-20 16:39

    War Horse is one of the best-known children’s novels by Michael Morpurgo. And it is an enormously poignant little book.As the title suggests, it is the odyssey of a horse, Joey, brought from Devon across the English Channel and into France and the hell of the Great War, both through the English and the German trenches. The story is narrated in simple language (in, say, the tradition of Ernest Hemingway) from the unusual perspective of the horse. And this is done with an incredible sense of humanity and compassion, not just for Joey, but for all the men and women who lived, suffered and died during this long and most absurd butchery.Spielberg’s adaptation to the screen is probably one of his best war movies, although we mostly lose the horse’s point of view.

  • Erastes
    2019-05-30 20:19

    I'm clearly the only person in the world who doesn't like, doesn't get, this book.The horse is a Gary Stu (See here if you don't know what one of those is - he knows everything, from what guns and cannons are, to what wire is and what it can do, the terms for everythng in his world, including politics and the type of bit in his mouth.I'm used to anthropomorphic animals, and have been since I was born--but Joey should be dressed up in a waistcoat and walking on his hind legs because he has the human intelligence of one of the pigs from Animal Farm or Benjamin Bunny.When you compare this style of "horse point of view" with Black Beauty or something well done like Watership Down, you can see the failings. In Watership Down, the rabbits didn't understand CONCEPTS such as "a road" - they see a hard river that smells wrong - and elil run up and down the road, not hunting the rabbits, but as deadly as anything else in their world. Whilst they learn how to cope with the road, they never understand it. But Joey understands everything, both ideas and concepts--and that's just irritating.He knows English, despite having no horse communication at all - then when he's abroad, he understands German and French! someone has said that this aspect of it emphasises the anti-war message, but I'm afraid I just don't get that at all.A horse is a fight or flight animal--its instinct is to run away and I'm afraid that MM doesn't represent a horse at all in this book. He's simply telling the story of a man in a horse's body, and really--it would have been a better book if he'd told it from the point of view of a man. I understand that I'm one lone voice in the wilderness here, though, so I doubt anyone will agree with me.

  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    2019-06-16 16:43

    I listened to this on audio and was listening to this while making my way to a ‘gig’ at Wooster College in Ohio, where I was to draw caricatures. Drawing caricatures for the public requires a certain amount of upbeat interaction, so it might not have been a good time to cry over Joey the War Horse. I hope my Eyes weren’t all puffy.Joey is a special horse. Special enough to be purchased to serve in the first world war as a Calvary horse. But the whole time he is in the war he longs for the day he can go home to his boy, Albert. Joey was sold to the war effort against Albert’s wishes by his father and Albert vows to join up when he’s old enough and bring his horse back against all odds. Joey’s time was not easy in the war. Quite frankly he went through hell. He suffers many losses along the way, but he keeps going. Will he find Albert? Read it and find out.This is a wonderful little book.

  • Liz
    2019-06-09 16:33

    A book about war. About fighting and surviving.A book about friendship and loyalty. And about death and grief and moving on. Written from the POV of a horse, this book was absolutely breathtaking. And honetsly, not only the book. I cried when I read the book and I cried even harder when I watched the movie.It was one of the few books I read that was actually about WWI. Since so many books are about the Second World War I was very intrigued about a book that pictured the First one!The main part is of course Joey and how he survived during the war, how he helped and how human beings actually helped him. He was such an observing and loyal and caring and loving character. I am very sceptical about animal POV's but this one was remarkably beautiful. I would choose Joey over nearly every other book protagonist. But then there was also Joey's particular strong bound to some of them like first and foremost Albert. Albert taught Joey things that saved his life more than just once. Besides, Albert promised to find him, he was his first and most important friend. Then, there was the very gentle and wise Captain Nicholls who reminded me on an older version of Albert and Major Stewart with his horse Topthorn who soon became Joey's best friend during the war. Every character who was mentioned in the book was in its own way important and showed a particular view on life and the war. Every single character actually loved and appreciated the horses, everyone cared! This book was short, but it was strong and it was beautiful. I loved every sentence, every word and every character and plot twist! I highly recommend the book to everyone and I also recommend the movie that turned out to be a little bit different than the book, but it was still breathtaking!

  • Trish
    2019-06-13 20:25

    This story wrecked me. It's a children's book but definitely of a dark(er) nature as it deals with experiences from WWI. And it is all written from the persective of Joey, the titular horse.Joey was sold to a farm when young. There, he met Albert, his friend, brother, master. Albert's father, who bought Joey when drunk to stick it to a neighbouring farmer, is not a man one can like (easily), but Albert is not only young and idealistic but also kind and gentle. One day, Joey is sold to the Army for the war and taken away from Albert.During the war, Joey meets another war horse as well as a number of people - soldiers of all ranks, civilians from different walks of life, ... Thus, this is the story of youth growing up (the horse as well as the boy), the horrors of war (especially this war as the author doesn't neglect to also point out some of the new inventions used for the first time during WWI and describe their effects both physically and psychologically), grief and loss, hope, love, and faithfulness.World War I was not just horrible, but gave the word "horrible" a whole new dimension. There are many accounts out there but reading about such a scale of pain and suffering is never easy, no matter if the facts are conveyed in a non-fiction book or through fictionalized accounts. This book is no different. Add to that the fact that it is from an animal's perspective and you might understand why I cried so hard as seldomly before. The writing is simple and yet intricately detailed, every landscape comes to life and the people as well as animals are wonderfully portrayed with the appropriate layers to their personality traits.This is also a Folio Society edition, meaning it is an illustrated version of the book. And what illustrations! Alan Marks not only added little sketches in some chapters but contributed these wonderful colour illustrations as well:The icing on the cake, if you will, is this bookmark that was designed specially for this edition:

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-06-06 15:34

    Such a touching hero's tale and such a daring point of view for its audience. I am not an animal person (to the chagrin of my family members) and the beginning chapters of this book just ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. For Joey to be a survivor and still have such love in his soul is so moving.

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-06-10 13:34

    This is a double wow book for me! Joey, the war horse, tells about his adventures during World War 1 and the special bond he has with a young boy named Albert. At only 160 pages or so, it goes very fast. I loved it! I look forward to seeing the movie which is coming out on Christmas. (Gerard's review)War Horse is a touching book that kept my interest all through. Although it is a children's book, I enjoyed it but must admit I got teary-eyed reading it. Parts were very sad but I loved the ending! Joey, the horse, tells his story about living on a farm with a boy named Albert and then being sold to the army because Albert's dad needed money to save his farm. The horse goes through a lot but Albert never gives up looking for him. (Karen's review)

  • Viv JM
    2019-06-12 12:26

    I read this with my 12 year old son. Heartwarming stuff! There may have been a few tears...

  • Mahsa
    2019-06-05 13:35

    اگه کنجکاوید قابل باورترین تصویرسازی ممکن از افکار و احساسات یه اسب رو بخونید، و اگه دوست دارید با یکی از خاص‌ترین اسب‌های جنگی آشنا بشید و جنگ رو‌ از نگاهش بخونید، اسب جنگی رو‌ ورق بزنید.با این کتاب از زبان و نگاه یه اسب خوندم، و همین یک دلیل کافی بود تا من به سادگی دوست‌ش داشته باشم. اما همه‌چیز فراتر از تصوراتم بود، و من به خیلی دلایل دیگه، خوندنِ روایت این اسب فوق‌العاده یعنی "جویی" رو فراتر از انتظارم دوست داشتم.با صفحات این کتاب، همراه جویی از حس قشنگش نسبت به صاحبش و دوستش آلبرت، از جدایی تلخش از آلبرت و ورودش به جنگ و وقایع جنگ خوندم. خودم رو‌ وسط بمباران‌ها دیدم، وسط سختی‌ها و ترس‌هایی که یه اسب در جنگ تحمل می‌کنه. کنار آرامشش بودم و شادی‌های کوچکش. با نگاه این اسب جنگ رو خوندم، کشته‌ها رو دیدم و همراه جویی از مرگ‌شون غم سنگینی رو حس کردم.دوست شدن با جویی برای من فقط چند صفحه طول کشید؛ خیلی زود باهاش ارتباط برقرار کردم، با شادی‌ش آروم شدم و با سختی‌هاش نگران. جویی خیلی زود با یه اسب دیگه هم در جنگ ارتباط برقرار کرد؛ تاپثورن. دوستی این دو اسب اونقدر قشنگ و خاص بود که توصیفش سخته. تاپثورنی که موقع خوردنِ آب از نهر، سرش رو توی آب تکون میداد تا جویی رو خنک کنه. چه واژه‌ای رو‌ میشه به کار برد درباره دوستی اونها؟Topthorn, I noticed, always shook his head in the water before he started to drink so that alongside him I was showered all over my face and neck with cooling water.عجیبه اگه بگم با اینکه راوی یه اسب بود، همراه کتاب اشک ریختم؟ همراه شدن با جویی آسونه، اونقدر آسون و قشنگه که تمام مدت یه اسب رو در کنار خودم تصور می‌کردم. با شادی‌ها و استراحتش لبخند زدم و با سختی‌هاش اذیت شدم. و قشنگ‌تر اینکه این اسب رو به هیچ‌وجه نمیتونستی با یه انسان که مدام قضاوت‌ میکنه اشتباه بگیری. جویی فقط میدید، احساس می‌کرد، و برای ما تعریف می‌کرد.میدونم لزومی نداره مطمئن باشم با این کتاب افکار یه اسب رو کامل و درست خوندم. ولی هرچی که بود، موفق شد باعث بشه باورش کنم، و باعث شد تمام مدتِ خوندنش یه اسب به رنگ قرمز رو‌ تصور کنم، یه اسب با نگاه نافذ و خاص. با خوندن جویی، نمیتونستم آرزوش نکنم، نمیتونستم لبخند نزنم، نمیتونستم باورش نکنم.جویی یه اسب دوست‌داشتنی بود؛ یه اسب که هر اسبی و هر انسانی، آرزوی همراهیش رو داره.و‌ حالا بعد از پایان کتاب، وابستگی به جوییِ این قصه رو بین تک‌تک سلول‌های بدنم احساس می‌کنم. و درد دلتنگیم شاید برابری میکنه با کسی که سال‌ها صاحب یه اسب بوده، و حالا وقت خداحافظی اون‌هاست.He coughed intermittently all night and slept only fitfully. I worried over him, nuzzling him and licking him to try to keep him warm and to reassure him that he was not alone in his pain.خاطره ی تقریبا مرتبط با حس کتاب: علاقه ی من به اسب‌ها یه علاقه ی معمولی نبود هیچ‌وقت. و با چندباری که به یه اصطبل سر زدم، این علاقه به یه ارتباط قشنگ تبدیل شد. همونجا بود که جویی خودم رو‌ پیدا کردم. با همون دیدار اول با این اسب، کلی باهاش حرف زدم و پیشونیش رو‌ نوازش کردم. من اونموقع هنوز مطمئن نبودم که یه اسب میشنوه، گوش میده، و احساس می‌کنه.درست همونجا بود که فهمیدم اون اسب تمام حس من رو گرفته، و تمام مدت گوش میداده.اون موجود نازنین همینکه عقب رفتم و ازش فاصله گرفتم، چندین بار محکم کوبید به در. اونقدر به این کار ادامه داد تا من شک کردم. و‌ همینکه برگشتم و کنارش ایستادم، آروم شد و سرش رو پایین گرفت. من برای اینکه مطمئن بشم اشتباه نکردم، دوباره عقب رفتم و اون اسب دوباره با عصبانیت به در کوبید.اونجا بود که هاج و‌ واج‌ موندم؛ که با همین چند دقیقه ی کوتاه، تو من رو فهمیدی؟ دوست داشتنم رو حس کردی؟با همون چند دقیقه، اون اسب من رو حس کرد، تمام علاقه‌م به خودش رو فهمید و خیلی خوب منو گوش کرد.پیش نمیاد با به یاد آوردنش دلتنگ نشم... و با خوندن جویی این دلتنگی قشنگ‌تر شد.پ.ن: عکس قدیمی و بی‌کیفیت از اسب بی‌نظیری که گفتم.

  • Manybooks
    2019-06-09 14:41

    With this poignant and heart-wrenching novel, with his War Horse, author Michael Morpurgo (while of course focussing primarily on the main character, a so-called war horse, who like Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, narrates his own story) demonstrates both clearly and also rather painfully not only the utter futility and wanton destructiveness of war in a general sense, but that like poor Joey, the common foot soldiers (in this particular case, the British and German soldiers of WWI) are basically and for all intents and purposes similarly and simply, tragically, disposable pawns in a deadly, pernicious game (one that is gleefully played by the TRUE culprits, high army officers both German and British, the respective governments of England and Germany, while common soldiers, and yes, their horses, are being slaughtered en masse, and that the former therefore share equal blame, equal condemnation). For while many if not perhaps even a majority of the soldiers, the enlisted men (although they generally engage in their so-called duties without rebellion or complaint) would rather the war were over, would rather perhaps even not consider their counterparts across the trenches as enemies, the officers generally frown on this attitude, and the German and British governments actually both seem to want and desire the war to continue unabated (or at least, it certainly appears as though this is the very much case). The Welsh soldier who rescues Joey when the war horse becomes trapped in No Man's Land clearly underscores the above salient and frustrating factoid of war when he points out to a German soldier (who is also trying to rescue Joey) that if it were up to the individual soldiers (both German and British) the whole war, which he rightfully labels a wretched mess, could likely be over and sorted out in record time, and there would be no more weeping widows, no more crying children (and no more horses used as basically cannon fodder, worked into the ground until they either collapse or are horribly injured, are killed in battle).WWI, but actually ANY war, period, is thus and fortunately portrayed by the author as never in any way glorious, as always utter madness and wanton destruction, an all-encompassing evil that serves no purpose except death and mayhem. Morpurgo's War Horse presents an evocative, poignant and brilliant anti-war message, whilst also showing that historically, the so called Great War (WWI) was also not the fault of any one country, that it was a lethal and dangerous horror for which ALL of Europe, but especially the respective governments, the higher ups, from army officers to the various European heads of state should blamed, should be held accountable.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-05-20 12:29

    This is a children's book which I picked up completely by chance. I am currently studying Graphic Design and there happens to be a project which requires illustrating this book and so naturally I had to read it in order to know how to illustrate it, and my goodness I am so happy I did choose to pick this up!!This is a story which is told from the point of view of a Horse named Joey. I wouldn't have expected a book described in that way to come across as well and as emotionally as it has, but honestly it was moving, touching and definitely had my eyes brimming with tears at the end. This deals with the story of a horse who gets pulled into the madness of the War and the various place, people and tragedies he becomes entangled with. Right from the outset it is sad, and gut-wrenching with some reference to drunkards and war, but oh wow does it get more bleak. We see betrayal, sadness, death, injury and loneliness not just for Joey but also for those he meets along the way and it's really tragic.This story, despite being only 200 pages, it flawless. it deals with the themes and ideas of war in a really evocative way because we get to see it through the eyes of an animal who doesn't fully 'get' why the humans would do such things. We see tenderness and love towards our creature, but also horrors and atrocities, and it's all blended in such a way that you can never tell if it will be happy or sad in the end. I have to say it's just beautifully paced and the story never felt rushed or overdone.On the whole, this is a beautifully thought-provoking story which deals with some very real themes in a way that enables younger readers to approach and understand the topics. It's not just a book for younger readers though, I have only just read it and I am 21, and it really hit me, so it's a book I'd certainly recommend. A solid 4.5*s and I am very eager to try my best to illustrate and design for this lovely tale as part of my project now. I think I will need to take the raw emotion I felt whilst reading and try to channel it into the images... wish me luck, and go read this if you haven't... it won't take long and it's beautiful!

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2019-06-14 20:38

    War Horse is the first book I had to read for my new teaching job and I can only describe it as my students did: "It's Black Beauty, but in World War One!"As with Black Beauty, War Horse is set from the perspective of a horse and the reader witnesses all events from this horse's perspective. The horse, in this case, goes by the name of Joey and the reader observes Joey being sold to an owner, who treats him poorly but who has a son who he respects as his master. This master, a young teenager by the name of Albert, is devastated when Joey is sold and sent to help the war effort and the rest of the book's plot really follows Joey. You see World War One from another perspective and see the whole devastation from both the view of man and horse. War Horse is in fact a children's novel. However the richness of the story and the simple way in which Michael Morpurgo tells his tale is far from just for children. This is a war novel to match The Book Thief for simple elegance and one I highly recommend reading for the way in which Morpurgo chronicles the effects of war on every living thing. My students are reading it to consider themes such as heroism, romanticism and the death of the age of chivalry yet I think there is even more for anyone else to consider.

  • James
    2019-06-01 16:38

    Morpurgo at his best - not to be missed! (And so much better than the Hollywood film).

  • Nastaran
    2019-05-18 16:33

    این آغاز قصه‌اس، آلبرت و جویی بهترین دوستای هم هستن. یه انسان و یه اسب...آلبرت، جویی رو بزرگ می‌کنه، بهش محبت می‌کنه و خیلی دوستش داره... ولی دست روزگار جویی و آلبرت رو از هم جدا می‌کنه و جویی به اجبار همراه سواره نظام انگلیس به جنگ فرستاده میشه...این روایته جنگ جهانی اوله از زبان یک اسب. بدون قضاوت انسانی...تو روایت جویی جایی برای مرزهای ساخته‌ی انسان وجود نداره... تفاوتی نیست بین انسان‌هایی که فقط لباس متفاوتی میپوشن و زبان مختلفی دارن...They fight a war and they don’t know what for. Isn’t that crazy? How can one man kill another and not really know the reason why he does it, except that the other man wears a different colour uniform and speaks a different language?برای جویی فرقی نمی‌کنه که کجا باشه، جویی داره می‌بینه که انسان‌ها می‌میرن، اسب‌ها می‌میرن. داره گرسنگی رو می‌بینه... کشتن و کشته شدن رو می‌بینه... داره نگاه رنجور یه دختربچه رو که تمام خانواده‌اش رو توی جنگ از دست داده توصیف می‌کنه... داره از انسان‌هایی میگه دلشون نمی‌خواد تو جنگ باشن ولی مجبورن. داره از ظلمی میگه نه فقط خود انسان‌ها، حیوون‌ها رو هم دربرمی‌گیره... فرقی نمی‌کنه تو جبهه آلمانیا یا انگلیس... این چیزا همه‌جا دیده میشن...ما آدما فکر می‌کنیم چون انسانیم خیلی می‌فهمیم... شکی نیست بین تمام موجودات روی زمین ما باهوشترین هستیم.. ولی توی جنگ... وحشتناکیم... انگار که همه چیز رو فراموش کرده باشیم...فراموش می‌کنیم که با هر شلیک داریم جون یه انسان رو می‌گیریم... فراموش می‌کنیم طرف مقابل هم انسانه...و جویی قصه‌ای میگه که هیچ‌کدوم از این چیزا توش فراموش نمیشه... تو نگاه جویی هم آلمانی‌ها و هم انگلیسی‌ها هر دو انسانن... فرقی نداره جویی تو کدوم جبهه باشه... فرقی نداره جویی داره آمبولانس آلمانی‌ها رو همراه خودش می‌کشه یا تو سواره نظام انگلیسه... فرقی نمی‌کنه دختر بچه فرانسوی داره بهش غذا میده و نوازشش می‌کنه یا اون پسر وحشت زده از جنگ انگلیسی یا اون مرد آلمانی... این‌ها همه دوستان جویی میشن... چون در حقیقت فرقی نداره کی کجا به دنیا اومده و چه زبانی رو یاد گرفته... ما همه انسانیم...قصه گویی این کتاب محشره... با توجه به حجم کمش قصه خیلی طولانیه... اتفاق‌های خیلی زیادی توش میفته و شخصیت‌های خیلی زیادی واردش میشن... ولی تک تک این اتفاق‌ها و شخصیت‌ها هدفی توی قصه دارن... هیچ‌کس وارد قصه نمیشه مگه اینکه حرفی برای گفتن داشته باشه و واقعا چیزی به قصه اضافه کنه... مگه اینکه قرار باشه یه نگاه دیگه از جنگ به ما بده...یکی از چیزایی که من خیلی در مورد این کتاب دوست داشتم و از نویسنده ممنونم به خاطرش و باعث میشه کتاب برام خیلی واقعی جلوه کنه اینه که جویی روایت انسان گونه نداره... منظورم اینه که جویی می‌شنوه، می‌بینه و روایت می‌کنه، ولی درکش، درک یه انسان نیست... درک یه اسبه از وفاداری، از نوع دوستی، از بیزاری از جنگ... و این بی اندازه زیباست...و اما تاپثورن، نقشی که تاپثورن، این اسب با شکوه، توی این قصه داشت نه تنها کمتر از آلبرت نبود شاید بیشتر هم بود. تاپثورنِ دوست داشتنی... ارتباطی که جویی و تاپثورن با هم دارن انقدر زیباست که تو کلمات نمی‌گنجه...یکی از اتفاقای مورد علاقه‌ام، برخورد اون سرباز انگلیسی و اون سرباز آلمانی بود... کاش همه مشکلات رو میشد انقدر ساده حل کرد... کاش آدما یکم بیشتر به خودشون رحم می‌کردن... کاش هیچ‌وقت مجبور نبودیم شاهد کشته شدن یه انسان به دست انسان دیگه باشیم... کاش بالاخره می‌فهمیدیم جنگ راه حل مشکلات ما نیست...خلاصه کنم، این کتاب خیلی زیباست... از خیلی جهات... و گرچه به نظر میاد بیشتر برای بچه‌ها نوشته شده، خوندنش برای هر بزرگسالی خالی از لطف نخواهد بود...همین.بیست و هفت مرداد نود و پنج17 August 2016

  • Tristan Robin Blakeman
    2019-05-26 14:41

    Very interesting book...and quite touching, in a clean and non-cloying way.I am familiar with the play, so I knew the basic plot line. I wish I had read the book first ... the play is SO powerful - and so theatrically charged with the larger-than-life stage puppets who play the horses - that the book seemed somewhat small to me. But, that's okay. It's really a small story - even though it's played against the world stage during intense and climatic moments.It was a surprise to find the book is written in the first person - by the horse! Now, if I had known that, I might not have read it (it's just too cute an idea for me), and I would have been the real loser. Because it is completely believable and the way Joey (the war horse) reacts to people and other horses gives him a well-defined and completely rounded character. I truly care about this horse.The writing is crisp and clean. No messy, paragraph-long descriptions of the battlegrounds or the lovely British countryside where the story begins and ends - yet, it is pitch perfect worded in a way that you can see every detail. The emotions of both people and horses are handled in the same efficient and heart felt way.I highly recommend - to EVERYBODY! This isn't a war story, a horse story, a kid's story, a soldier's story - it a story of dignified loyalty and love that is rarely told as well.

  • Jim
    2019-05-18 20:43

    I thought the movie was just OK since Hollywood rarely does horses well. The incessant snorting about drove me crazy, so when I ran across this audio book at the library, I thought I'd see if the book was better. It was & it turns out the movie was fairly faithful to the book, so bring plenty of tissues. It reminds me a lot of "Black Beauty" since it is told from the horse's point of view. Yes, it's a bit sappy at times, but not terribly often & gives a great view of WWI. Better yet, it's short, so there is no excuse not to read this. Go get it now.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-05-26 18:25

    4-4.5 stars.Apparently I never got around to a review for this. I remember it as a beautifully told story from the point of view of a horse, similarly to Black Beauty, who gets pulled into military service during WWI. It really shows how ghastly the Great War was, and the animal's connection to his riders and his original owner broke my heart. The film was well done and I still want to see the stage play.

  • Stephen Collins
    2019-05-18 19:16

    This was my Top Book of 2012 out of over 100 books . This was really fab book it is wonderful book about WWI that is not run of mill WWI book. The only puzzling thing for me was how the horse could understand more than one language

  • Dimitar
    2019-06-08 15:18

    „Боен кон“ е написана за по-малките читатели, но със сигурност би трогнала хора на всякаква възраст!Няма как да не започна с това, че книгата е написана през погледа на Джоуи – млад кон, който като малък бива разделен от майка си и продаден на земевладелец.Той бързо свиква с Албърт – синът на фермера, който го обсибва с цялата си обич. За жалост дните им заедно не продължават дълго, тъй като по това време назрява Първата световна война и те биват разделени от армията, които взимат Джоуи с тях.Цялото ревю: https://aboyofpaperandink.wordpress.c...

  • Max Lau• Maxxesbooktopia
    2019-05-31 18:40

    Unpopular Opinion time: I did not really like this book.. Except for the ending.Review to come...

  • Paul O'Neill
    2019-06-13 13:26

    A heart warming, easy read. Didn't end like I expected it to I have to say. My problem with this book is that it was a bit too simple and all the characters felt a bit wooden. The book is told from Joey's, the horse, point of view and it doesn't quite work for me. I think the emotional parts of the book would have worked better if it came from a human point of view, not knowing what was going on in the horse's head. Still a good read and worth checking out if you're looking for something quick with all the feels. On a side note, this is the first book I've read flicking between my kindle and listening to audiobook using whispersync. It was really good actually and I think I'll read more books like this. Although I do prefer to read a paperback, I found this to help me absorb this book. Has anyone else used this? How have you found it?

  • Seeker of dreams
    2019-06-05 20:30

    This was a short read, but a beautiful story. I especially liked the fact that it was from the view of the horse. His descriptions of how he felt were done very well. I felt his pain and joy. Great book, but I loved the movie more.

  • Dillon
    2019-06-04 15:42

    I love this book! I read it about a month ago and it melted my heart. The book takes place during World War I and is from the view of Horses who are put in battle. The main horse was taken from his friend who is a farm boy. The book is sad and I loved it when the Horse was being taken care of by one of the army men. This is a short book and I would highly recommend it. 4.5/5 stars for this book. Thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this book. :)

  • Jo
    2019-05-23 17:28

    This review is part of my Poppies & Prose feature. 3.5 stars"I tell you, if we had one jot of the courage of these animals we should be in Paris by now and not slugging it out here in the mud... It was not their fault they were sent on a fool's errand. They are not circus animals, they are heroes, do you understand, heroes, and they should be treated as such."So I have to admit when I first started reading this book, I didn’t have high expectations. There are three reasons for this:1) It’s so short! I know less is sometimes more but… it’s 165 pages. That could get lost in my back teeth! 2) It’s aimed at younger readers. And I mean…. younger readers. I’d say middle grade at least. 3) I’m kind of scared of horses ever since the one time I went camping with Brownies and a horse chomped on my culottes. They’re just too big and scary with their nickering and … *shudders*And then I found out it was told from the perspective of a horse and…. OK, I really didn’t know much about this book before I started it so I was kind of aghast when I saw how short it was, how it was probably written for people half my age and that it was told from the perspective of probably the great great great granddad of the horse WHO NEARLY ATE ME.And that, my friends, is why you should always do your research. But research can sometimes be a problematic thing because if I had read about this book and found out the aforementioned stuff and I know I would have given this book a miss. And I would really have missed out on a wonderful book.(It’s still too short though.)Joey’s story starts in the tranquil fields of a Devon after being bought as a young colt from an auction house when Britain was on the cusp of the First World War. He is soon sold into the cavalry and shipped off to France.Even though this book is aimed at a middle-grade level, this book didn’t read like it. The language was evocative, descriptive and captivating. Mr Morpurgo never talks down to his readers and choosing honesty rather than sheltering them from what really happened in WW1 because it could be too distressing. What I enjoyed most about this book is how Joey was used as a vehicle to explore the feelings of the soldiers, on both sides of no man’s land. As the book, and the war, goes on and his circumstances change, Joey’s journey leads him to meeting a handful of characters in the war torn fields of France. Whether it was Captain Nicholls, Friederich, David, Emilie or Topthorn, his fellow horse, the connections he made with them were always true, even if they were fleeting.I loved how the soldiers (and let’s not forget Emilie!) saw Joey as their fellow comrade, feeling comfortable to sit with him in his stables and tell Joey their secrets, their worries and their futures. For me, it was these interactions with “the real heroes” that made this story so powerful and intricate, even though the pages were minimal. It is a poignant story that combines the themes of determination, unwavering devotion, bravery and compassion with a story that a lot of people will find interesting. Before reading this, I knew little of the cavalry in WW1 or actually how many horses served over there. The scenes with the Veterinary Corps were particularly interesting because you don’t really think of things like that when you think of the First World War.OK, maybe you do. But I certainly didn’t. I can understand why this book, which was first published in 1982 , is so widely read in schools and of course why it is now an award winning stage play (which I desperately want to see by the way. I saw a documentary about the making of it and it looks brilliant). A lot of the feelings and emotions that Morpurgo explores are not only universal, but timeless too. I could, with mild reluctance, say that Joey would be the only horse I would be willingly friends with. And I’d even let him have a bit of the crusty bread.As long as he promised to leave my garments alone.

  • María
    2019-05-25 18:17

    Libro corto pero intenso.En general, me ha gustado, pero se me ha hecho demasiado corto y aunque se me han saltado las lágrimas, no me ha llegado a emocionar del todo.Al principio veía un poco raro que estuviera narrado desde el punto de vista del caballo, pero después me pareció muy buena idea.La historia me ha gustado bastante, pero como no se llega a profundizar en nada (es normal al estar narrado desde el punto de vista del caballo), no me ha llegado a emocionar del todo.Eso no quita que lo haya pasado mal, es un libro bastante triste y alguna que otra vez se me han saltado las lágrimas porque me temía lo peor.Creo que me habría llegado más si lo hubiera leído hace unos años, ya que se me queda un poco corto, pero me alegro de haberlo leído.Le doy 3.5 estrellas ya que está bastante bien.