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Shelves: favorites Book Review by:Sharon Powers. As a young woman, my favorite novel was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell; I read this book more than thirty times because of my love for the story and, of course, for my love of horses.
I was what people called, "horse crazy. I told everyone that I was going to grow up and have a horse farm, and later, that I was going to be a veterinarian. Oh, but did I love her. I would hug Beauty around the neck and ride out on the farmland and local roads by our home. In the fall, I entered my horse in the local county fair, and during hunting season, I let my father take her deer hunting.
Beauty was an excellent trail horse as well as being beautiful in the show ring. As I began reading the novel, I was greatly and happily surprised by this book. The children and their father, Don Marcelo worked to keep the inn going, until poor health put Don Marcelo into bed. The four children, Diego, Belinda, Blanca, and Estela, worked to keep the small inn running and to care for their invalid father; that is, until word came that the great Muslim leader, Muhammand Al-Nasir, had sent his fiercest warriors, the black-skinned Africans, born and raised to kill, to conquer the Christian territory.
Everyone in the region began to flee in terror. At the last moment Diego left the girls to go back for his father--who, in the end, he could not save. Devastated, Diego wants to make his decision right, to go back to Muslim country for his sisters, but finds the ways barred to him. Diego has begun a new journey that is sad, yes, and traumatic, indeed.
This story is more than a horse story, it is more than a slice of the reconquest of medieval Spain, it is even more than the story of a lost boy who must make his way in the world. They have beautiful eyes and are elegant, with a beautifully arched neck that carries a "long, profuse and often wavy mane and tail. Generally, they are large horses, standing be- tween 15 to Grey is the pre- dominent color "followed by bay and black which is more rare also, chestnut. Throughout most of history, the Andalusian has been known for its prowess as a war horse.
An ARC is the NOT final version of the book which may change dramatically, including page numbers and text before publication. Hence, no exact quotes can be given. Galib begged Diego to never give up on the attitude that he already seemed to have of questioning things. Your god and mine know everything. We are, after all, but a small speck compared to him.
And even though we may seek truth, He is pure truth. Again, these are not the words from the book. You will have to wait for the final version of the book and publication on I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite sections of the book.
Look at this massive horse! It is the French Breton, mentioned in numerous places in the novel, but here in the book is where you can check out what Diego thinks about these horses, bred to carry men with armor on their backs and to " From the opening pages I loved this book.
I was immediately drawn into the lives of Diego and his family. Although it felt immediate to me, I was present in a way that compelled me to turn the pages, captivated by the lives of those simple and good people. I had to know what happened after the murder of Belinda and Don Marcelo, and the capture of two of his children, Blanca and Es- tela.
Reading about them taken to the Imesebelen encamp- ment, the kidnapping of those two girls and their treatment, left me breathless. Of course, I was thankful that Diego had escaped, but, as a reader, I groaned when I saw the tragedies he had to bear. Experiencing with the journey to Toledo, along with Diego, had me biting my nails and turning the pages even faster. Oh, my gosh!
We also sense in Diego a great love for horses, and in particular, his "Sabba. Aside from the wonderful irony, having Diego being forced to deal with Galib is great, since Diego now harbors much resentment against the Muslims and the Imesebelen. Diego, though, learns from Galib that the Muslim religion is like any other, in that there are good Muslims, and not good Muslims, just like there are good Christians and not good Christians.
Giner has Diego learn that even Galib hates the actions of the Almohads. Galib pointed out to Diego that it was the Almohads, not peaceful Muslims, that were to blame for the murder of so many innocents. Simply click on the link, here. As many of you know, I lived in the country and raised my own horses see the story, above.
An average lifespan of a horse is years, so Sabba was fairly old by the time of the battle. Parallel story threads run throughout the novel. The story of the horses, including Sabba, and their importance during this time. Diego seems ashamed he did not live up to his promise to his father, but at the same time, he wants to make right his mistakes.
Import- antly, the artist includes the Imesebelen for the Caliph. Did Al-Nasir Love Estela or was his "love" something else, like possession, control, sexual desire, or fascination with her uniqueness red hair?
Why did he have Estela flogged, leaving her scarred? What do these women have in common? How did women in the Middle Ages survive? What did women, then, have to give up? Diego loved his horse friend Sabba. At what point in the story did Diego fail Sabba? Was Diego "running away" or was he "running towards" his goal? Did this failure help Diego grow as a young man? For example, did Diego "make things right," and with whom did he make things right, if anyone?
How can he ever make right the death of his sister, Belinda? If you choose to read this book think about these questions as you go through the novel and see what delightful insights come to you.
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