War Horse- Michael Morpurgo
Set in the midst of the First World War, this is the story of Joey the horse, who we first meet when he is just a pony. After a sad departure from his home, where the kind teenager Albert has trained him, Joey is sent into war, and witnesses the reality of war from both sides.
Whilst providing vivid descriptions of the horrors of the battle field, Joey observes the power of friendships and the ways in which they survive through the worst of times.
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This book is truly beautiful. It combines the beauty of Michael Morpurgo's incredible writing, with the often disturbing realities of war. It is honest in a way that many war novels perhaps aren't, with some stunning passages. This, which also appeared in the last Just to Say Sunday, is perhaps one of my favorite literary passages of all time:
“They fight a war and they don't know what for. Isn't that crazy? How can one man kill another and not really know the reason why he does it, except that the other man wears a different color uniform and speaks a different language?”
War Horse is a must read, not just because it is so beautifully written, but because it provides a perspective on war which perhaps some people ignore.
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Or, you can watch the wonderful stage production!