Saturday, September 10, 2011

War Horse

When Jim and I saw the trailer for War Horse, my curiosity was piqued. Before the moview, there was the play War Horse, and before that, the children's book by Michael Morpurgo.

When his father buys six-month old Joey, it is 13-year-old Albert who cares for him and trains him. But then World War I begins, and the horse is sold to the British Cavalry. He travels to France and joins the battle. Joey relates his experiences, and the people that he meets. Whether British, French, or German, they are generally kind to him, and longing for life without war. Of course, the question, throughout the book, is: Will Joey and Albert be reunited?

This book is written in simple and straightforward language, suited for children (grades 6-8). It is the story of a horse. It is also the story of "the pity and the futility and the huge senselessness, and the hope" of war (quoting Morpurgo, from an article in the London Evening Standard).

I enjoyed the book, and now I'm curious to see what they'll put in and take out for the movie...


  1. I saw that play while I was in London! It was hands down one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!!! (Mostly because the horses are puppets being moved by three people, and if you look at them out of the corner of your eye they look like they are real horses.) I'm curious to see if the movie lives up to the play in my mind.

  2. I'm jealous that you saw the play. I looked at some pictures and videos, and those horses really are amazing.