Man O'War

by Walter Farley

Paperback, 1983



Local notes

PB Far




Random House (1983), Edition: Reissue, 352 pages


A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse.


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352 p.; 5.13 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member firefly7522
This book is probably not on many people's list because it's about a racehorse, and if you're not into racehorses (or just horses in general), you probably wouldn't think to read this. But, if you are interested in horses, or if you want to know the history on one of the greatest racehorses that
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ever lived, this is a great book to read. Man O'War was considered a superhorse, a horse that was unbeatable, unstoppable. His story is truly amazing, and he had a historic career. Walter Farley wrote this book, who is the same man who wrote all the Black Stallion books (which, being the horse addict that I am, I devoured while still in middle school), and he weaves amazing tales about amazing creatures, and they are inspirations to those who read them. He takes the sport of kings and returns it to the glory that it used to be, and we should all have been so lucky as to see Man O' War perform before our very own eyes. To see him would have been a dream come true, and he will always be engrained in my dreams thanks to this book.
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LibraryThing member jshillingford
Fictional biography of one of the most famous race horses of all time. Excellent for young readers who are in love with horses (weren't we all?)
LibraryThing member satyridae
I hesitate to complain about Farley. It's like complaining because the rain makes you wet while it also makes the crops swell. This one, which I never read as a kid, was interesting but so full of statistics it was dry. I thought it suffered from the lumbering plot device of the slavish groom's
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POV. I learned a lot about the greatest horse ever, but it hurt to do so.
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