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❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Seabiscuit ✍ Author Laura Hillenbrand –

I ve had this on my TBR for ages but never got to it but I m so glad that I finally did First I should note that I have absolutely NO INTEREST in horses or horse racing In fact, I would say that the idea of a book about horses and horse racing makes me want to roll my eyes out of boredom And then came along Laura Hillenbrand It is her writing that really makes this book special That makes it about than a horse or a race or a sport She makes the people and places come alive on each page She made me CARE about what I was certain that I would never care about She kept me turning the page late into the night when I really should have gone to sleep I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good, solid writing and wants to be swept away by a fantastic story I m jealous of this woman, because she writes better than I do I ve always been a little snobby towards Seabiscuit, as I m a devoted War Admiral fan, but this is probably the best book out there that really captures the essence of horse racing, and she picked the right horse to do it with.This story is not just about Seabiscuit It s also about humanity, and most importantly to me , racing itself, as it was in the 1930s You will be astonished at what you learn from this book, from the incredible hardships jockies are willing to endure for love of their sport to the unique underworld that exists behind the scenes Her research is extensive and meticulous, her writing style engaging and honest She brings this whole world to life, and I m thrilled that such a window into the sport that I love has been opened for the average person who knows nothing about it, nor has probably ever wondered or cared. Hillenbrand Brilliantly Re Creates A Universal Underdog Story, One That Proves Life Is A Horse RaceSeabiscuit Was One Of The Most Electrifying And Popular Attractions In Sports History And The Single Biggest Newsmaker In The World In , Receiving Coverage Than FDR, Hitler, Or Mussolini But His Success Was A Surprise To The Racing Establishment, Which Had Written Off The Crooked Legged Racehorse With The Sad Tail Three Men Changed Seabiscuit S Fortunes Charles Howard Was A Onetime Bicycle Repairman Who Introduced The Automobile To The Western United States And Became An Overnight Millionaire When He Needed A Trainer For His New Racehorses, He Hired Tom Smith, A Mysterious Mustang Breaker From The Colorado Plains Smith Urged Howard To Buy Seabiscuit For A Bargain Basement Price, Then Hired As His Jockey Red Pollard, A Failed Boxer Who Was Blind In One Eye, Half Crippled, And Prone To Quoting Passages From Ralph Waldo Emerson Over Four Years, These Unlikely Partners Survived A Phenomenal Run Of Bad Fortune, Conspiracy, And Severe Injury To Transform Seabiscuit From A Neurotic, Pathologically Indolent Also Ran Into An American Sports IconAuthor Laura Hillenbrand Brilliantly Re Creates A Universal Underdog Story, One That Proves Life Is A Horse Race Welcome to the sparkling, colorful and vibrant world of racehorses and tournaments with his legends, dramas and passions located in the USA of the nineteenth twenties.Openly speaking, friends, let me say that I would never have pick up a book about racehorses and only because of the greats and awesome reviews at goodreads, and also because Laura Hillenbrand was the author, did I in the end made my mind up to read this oneand thanks God that I did Let me tell you also that this book is written brilliantly and masterly, believe me folks, if I say that you will not be able to put it down, its not an exaggeration at all..Then if you will include the fact that Hillenbrand was severely sick at the time she wrote it and has rendered indeed a marvelous and thoroughly researched piece of work, then you will be left dumbfounded to the uttermost.Also, I have learned a lot about horses, jockeys, tournaments, competitions, and the feeling that existed in the America of the depression era, people trying to recuperate from a financial depression and a war going on Having said that, it remains still a tale of resilience, fight, and the story of an underdog what in my opinion is almost always a good one, indeed The main characters arouse empathy, so that you will suffer with them, although they are full of flaws and defects, but they never give up Please, let me say it again, Laura Hillenbrand can indeed write, and that very very good Believe me Seabiscuit has reminded me positively of her other book unbroken A wonderful and an inspiring tale, I did love and enjoy it to the uttermost indeedFive stars, and happy about that Dean D A true inspirational story about broken hearts and lost souls, the golden thread that holds them together and yes belief Belief in oneself A horse, trained to lose right from its birth Lose so that others can look good when they win Lose, so that when they win, they can look back and see others way behind A horse, which has learned to live with pain and humiliation A horse, which is angry It is this horse that catches the eye of Tom Smith, a veteran horse trainer employed under Charles Howard, a broken industrialist who has lost his young son Tom Smith realizes what the horse has been put through to and begins to heal it and make it start believing in itself Enters Red Pollard, a loser jockey employed under Charles Howard too The story then moves on to the relationship that Red Pollard and the horse share, the way they start to heal each other and what common things they find between themselves Beautifully written and amazingly uplifting I don t read very much non fiction but I just loved this Laura Hillenbrand breathes life and intimate detail to the world of horse racing I loved Sea Biscuit, the underdog, who prevailed to a hero Laura writes non fiction like the best fiction, and I appreciate the way she makes it real Because of Seabisquit, I have attended horse races And even bet The latest race was the Breeders Cup at Del Mar, and the horse I bet on, One Wild Broad won What a thrill Rebecca Rosenberg THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS LONDONThe Secret Life of Mrs LondonPlease FOLLOW This was, truly, fast paced non fiction This book galloped along with all the speed of the horse it followed, which I find rare for books that simply relate a true story Hillenbrand did a fantastic job giving a straightforward account of the history and background of Seabiscuit and the people around him, yet not once did she stoop to sounding like a pedantic authority on the subject This book had all the tone and pace of great novels I ve read, but it was so interesting to keep reminding myself that it actually happened If you enjoyed the movie, you will definitely enjoy the book The movie did a great job capturing what Hillenbrand did, with applaudingly similar style, but it couldn t have captured all the depth and side stories that the book offered I was initially worried that I would be forced to superimpose the faces from the movie onto the characters I was reading about, but the deftly placed pictures in the book helped me get over that quickly.All in all, a fantastic book Highly recommended. Prior to November 2003, non fiction only entered my reading choices on sporadic occasions In November 2003, a pioneering member of my book club was the first to choose a non fiction book instead of a novel That book was Seabiscuit Even though I have always loved horses, I had avoided reading Seabiscuit I just couldn t believe that all the hype was real So many times I had picked up a non fiction book on a topic that I was really curious about, and either put it down unfinished or forced myself to slog through it Despite my interest in the subject matter, the writing would drive me crazy too technical, too boring, too text book like In fact, as one of those over achieving students who always completed college reading assignments, I would have to say that many textbooks were actually better reads than the average non fiction offering on store shelves Seabiscuit, I was happy to find, was a complete surprise The hype was real No wonder it had sold so many copies It really does read like a novel, and yet it is so deep Ms Hillenbrand has really explored her topic thoroughly and passes on all the details to us There is a section where she describes the jockeys experience of riding in a race that is one of the best pieces of prose I have ever, and will ever, read I read it over and over It s so visceral, she really puts you in the saddle, plus the prose is beautiful in and of itself Another reason for the success of this novel is her success at placing the events in their historical context She not only puts you in the saddle, she takes you back in time This was one of the universally best received choices we ve read in book club Everyone loved it, whether or not they cared at all about horses or sports And ever since then, I ve given non fiction chances, and with better luck, than ever before Sometimes I still put one down unfinished, but now that I know how they can be, I try often I highly recommend Seabiscuit to any of the following people anyone who has the slightest interest in horses or sports, anyone who thinks jockeys have an easy job, anyone interested in American history, anyone with no interest in horses who just loves good writing, anyone who thinks non fiction is dull and would welcome a surprise, and EVERYONE ELSE o Update, 2011Just finished reading for the second time, this time aloud Still LOVE this book And while reading aloud which really makes you take your time I was powerfully struck again by the Ms Hillenbrand s facility with language to say she has a way with words is entirely inadequate to express the beauty and expressiveness of her writing But although beautiful, please don t think her writing might be too prosy it is NOT unnecessarily flowery or overbearing Seabiscuit is simply a fabulous read. 4.5 stars What a remarkable story Brilliant once it got going, and wonderfully crafted by Laura Hillenbrand.I learned a lot about horses and racing And that jockeys are badass