Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Synopsis: " 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?"

My Review: I so wanted to love this book, it is all about a horse, not only that but written from the horse's point of view. Maybe because it was from Joey's point of view that I felt like there was an emotional disconnect. I missed out on the emotional connection I expected with what seemed like simply observations as to what was going on around Joey and those people who enter and then leave his life. It was definitely a very interesting take on the war though, and I found that redeemed the book somewhat for me. It was a good book, just not what I expected, I hope that it is better for those in the right age group for the book.
My Rating: Didn't quite live up to my expectations. But still a very interesting story and take on things. I give it a rating of Three Paws.


  1. We get to see War Horse the musical at the theater next week. I'll be sure to let you know all about it. Have you seen the movie based on this book? It's awesome.

    1. Lucky you! It came here to Providence a while ago and I watched the PBS special on how it was made but I held off, just like I held off watching the movie until I have read the book. Now I am definitely kicking myself for missing seeing the musical!