Monday, May 08, 2006
Man o' War
I have been in love with Man o' War since I was about thirteen and read Walter Farley's book about the great horse. My parents took me to Lexington, KY and let me stand at his statue and grave and cry. So, I was really looking forward to Dorothy Ours' book, Man o' War. I was disappointed. The excitement of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit wasn't in this book. I know it would be possible to make Man o' War's life exciting because he was named the greatest American racehorse of the 20th century. Walter Farley made it work. Dorothy Ours doesn't. Now, my next complaint might be changed by the actual book since I read an Advanced Reading Copy. But, there was no listing of his progeny in the back of the book. Knowing that War Admiral, Seabiscuit and so many others were descendents of Man o' War, I was expecting to see that list. That disappointed me, and so did the book.