A Year at the Races Reflections on Horses Humans Love Money and Luck are Book At times this book had me on the seat of my pants and at others I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes ope
A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck are Book At times this book had me on the seat of my pants and at others I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open as a glazed over rehashed info. And now that I've finished, I still don't know what to make of it. It can easily be said that there are two sets of readers - those familiar and those unfamiliar with horses. Count me on the unfamiliar side. I remember childhood neighbors I played with as a child who had a horse. They were responsible for its care. I soooo wanted to ride it, but was never able to. Now I understand why! I also remember two girls in my grade (I know at least one of them had a horse) who loved horses in a way I could not relate to. I also get that now. But, this animal communication thing - Smiley consults with a woman who can hold silent conversations with the horses. Only a skilled writer could include this in a nonfiction book and make it halfway believable. Or, at least, allow it to seem possible. She acknowledges the skepticism and holds a degree of it herself. I was also impressed with the respect, caring and empathy Smiley held toward her horses. She comes off as a very smart owner, albeit low-budget, who obtains trainers who approach the horses knowledgeably and always observant of the horses personalities and needs. She clearly educates the reader on the world of thoroughbred horses. What happens behind the scenes? What is a gelding? What is a maiden? How important is it to pay attention to a racing horse's feet? How much of the race is up to the jockey or to the horse? What is the difference between various race tracks and circuits? I loved all this information. I learned so much. And her telling of the races, and these were real, was spellbinding. I picked up her novel "Horse Heaven" at the same time as this book and will hopefully read it soon. I thought this might provide a bit of info to set me up. She didn't let me down in that area. My criticism is that the book read more like essays written separately and put together without a careful editing eye. The first two or three chapters had some glaring editorial errors (consecutive repetition of words???? How bad is that?) I only dock stars for poor editing and when it impinges on the quality of the book, as it does here. I'm going from 4 to 3 stars. Sorry, Jane. . Every horse story is a love story, writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it To love something is to observe it with than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession.In particular she follows a sexy filly named Wat Every horse story is a love story, writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it To love something is to observe it with than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession.In particular she follows a sexy filly named Waterwheel and a grey named Wowie he tells a horse communicator that he wants it changed from Hornblower as they begin careers at the racetrack Filled with humor and suspense, and with discourses on equine intelligence, affection, and character, A Year at the Races is a winner.. A viral Book A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck I enjoyed this book very much. Reading it was like having conversations with an educated and respected friend. I particularly liked the references to other readings that added to my understanding now only of how the equine mind works but also my own mind. Included in the bibliography and refered to often are "Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences" by Howard Gardner and "A General Theory of Love" by Thomas Lewis, MD, Fari Amini, MD & Richard Lannon, MD. There are other excellent books in the bibliography, some I have read and others I hope to read. Quotes that I recognized from my own truths: "Someday we would have boyfriends, husbands, children, careers - that's what the horses are a substitute for, according to adult theorists. But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children and careers are the substitute - for horses." also this one:"Fascination with horses predated every other single thing I knew. Before I was a mother, before I was a writer, before I knew the facts of life, before I was a schoolgirl, before I learned to read, I wanted a horse."
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