Book Review: War Horse


With all the hype and previews of the movie War Horse swirling around me, I was instantly curious about this story.  Any horse movie usually catches my attention, and I can’t wait to see it.  Judging from the movie previews I decided that I should read the book first…just in case there were any very sad scenes I would be ready!  Truthfully, I needed to know if the horse died.  I don’t tend to handle animals dying very well…ha.

This book written by Michael Morpurgo was a quick read, and I read it through in an evening.  I found it refreshing that he wrote the book from the horse’s perspective.  I haven’t read a book in this POV before and I actually really liked it.  This books follows the journey of Joey, who first came to live with his favorite owner Albert then was sold to the army for duty on the front lines during World War I.  Joey takes us on the adventures he encounters during the war before his triumphant reunion with Albert.  I am happy to report that Joey does not die in the book, and there is a happy ending.  My only complaint with the book is that I wish there was more detail.  I feel as though the details throughout the book were a little lacking and would have enhanced the story if there had been more.

I would recommend the book as it was a good story and not your typical horse book.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie, especially since the star is an OTTB.  I have a soft spot for those! 🙂

Let me know what you thought about the book and/or movie.

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