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  • Title: The Red Pony
  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • ISBN: 9780141962825
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher s life He is used to the way of horses, too but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot tempered pony his father gives him With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the momRaised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher s life He is used to the way of horses, too but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot tempered pony his father gives him With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan s saddle But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.
    The Red Pony Raised on a ranch in northern California Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher s life He is used to the way of horses too but nothing has prepared him for the special conne

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    1. A story about a pretty, pretty precious pony Hurray This is going to be giggly joyous, laughy good pony times What It s written by John Steinbeck Fuck Sorry pony, you or everyone you love is going to die Yes, these are tales of living on a ranch in the early days well, early ish of California, but underneath they are of the same Steinbeck the vignettes of the hardscrabble life of immigrant farmers Specifically, it s second and third generation immigrants, such as seen in Tortilla Flat The peopl [...]

    2. Sometime in the early 1930 s, on an isolated small ranch, in northern California s long, rugged, Salinas Valley, a boy of ten, mischievous Jody Tiflin, lives with his parents, stern father Carl, and the equally tough, but loving mother Ruth, they are poor like everyone else, in the area, yet manage to eke out a living, their only hired hand the very capable Billy Buck, an expert in taking care of horsesTwo dogs, four cats, six horses and the same amount of cows, many pigs, and chickens, various [...]

    3. Next time you decide to make a printing of The Red Pony, feel free to borrow one of these free blurbs Do you like people hanging around on a farm Do you like horses and animals and stuff Then you ll think this book is okay It has horses, and grass, and farms and stuff, and is an easy read Or John Steinbeck is a writer of amazing stature in American literature He stands head and shoulders above just about anyone, wiping his feet on Faulkner, flicking Mark Twain out of his way like a little bug He [...]

    4. My 7yo daughter hung in there for Ch 1, but with the unexpected sad ending, she didn t wish to continue I went on to finish the last 3 chapters which were nearly as depressing as the first one It is beautifully written as Steinbeck usually is, but also incredibly devoid of hope The message seems to be, outside of your family, don t get attached to anything because it will betray you or die I felt the father character Carl Tiflin was particularly heartless and Billy Buck, the hired hand, a bit di [...]

    5. I don t think I could read a Steinbeck novel by the fire with a glass of wine No, like on the back porch wearing old jeans and a work shirt, because you feel like you may get your jeans dirty and your boots dusty, and maybe even a little blood on your shirt That s the power of his writing, his characters and settings he will draw you in, even if you don t want to be Not much fun inside a Steinbeck novel, at least the ones I ve read That kind of power is on display here in The Red Pony When the [...]

    6. WARNING HORSE LOVERS DON T READ THIS BECAUSE YOU THINK IT WILL BE ABOUT HORSES AND DON T REVIEW IT SAYING THAT THAT S WHAT YOU EXPECTED BECAUSE I JUST WARNED YOU I am sorry if you were forced to read this book for school it would really take the beauty out of it if someone forced you to read The Red Pony I feel that way about all Steinbeck books actually.It is a little difficult to get into in the beginning, but overall, this book shows the raw and unpredicible way people deal with their emotion [...]

    7. I was completely blown away by this short novel Completely Blown Away I m not going into a lengthy review here, but let me talk about some points Okay, so this novel isn t really about horses I m thinking there are a lot of people out there missing the point The Red Pony isn t what I would call one cohesive novel, but rather a collection of several glimpses into the farm ranch life of Jody The whole point of the pony is that Jody is learning to grow up, and he s learning that life isn t all rain [...]

    8. I love this book It s short, succinct, and encapsulates the dramatic, but realistic suffering side of life in three ways the red pony, the black colt, and Jody s relationship with adults.The Red Pony s also peppered with moments of human courage, brilliance and love Jody s devotion to the red pony is sweet, and his idolization of Billy Buck is, I think, a realistic representation of how boys look up to men.

    9. I hated this book when I was required to read it, and as it was I remember reading it alone in the library in 7th grade and writing a paper because the class was reading a book I had already read Suffice to say I m enjoying Steinbeck now.

    10. I struggled to finish this book And it has about 100 tiny little pages I can read that in an hour or so And yet, I struggled for at least 5 days to finish this book In fact, the ONLY reason I forced myself to finish was so I could read the online cliff notes and try and figure out what I missed What meaning or significance could make it worth my reading This was not an enjoyable reading experience, to say the least except for that baffling you must be kidding sentiment at the end of each short s [...]

    11. Steinbeck s Got a Hold in Me A Book Review of John Steinbeck s The Red Pony It all started on a lazy Sunday afternoon, a day I presume to be just like any other However, what made it a little bit interesting and special, at best unforgettable, can be attributed to one simple man who goes by the name of John Steinbeck, whose unassuming, not over a hundred pages, little book tilted The Red Pony is the ticket all I ever need to beckon me back to that country called the classics, to which I, as of l [...]

    12. My reintroduction to Steinbeck began with The Red Pony Sure I had read Of Mice and Men and Grapes Of Wrath in High School, but that was a number of years ago, and I can hardly remember either.I found The Red Pony a mass market paperback edition all worn and hidden on one of the bookshelves in the classroom I work in Apparently before it was my room, the teacher used to use it as a classroom text for 4th graders The cover was striking and I d been meaning to start reading some Steinbeck ever sinc [...]

    13. halfway into my morning hike there s a small trailer off the side of the trail and the guy who lives there leaves out a bucket of fresh water for passing dogs it s my favorite part of the walk because jack doesn t lap at the water but dunks his entire snout in there and kinda gulps it down he then pulls his face from the bucket and for the next thirty yards or so leaves two thin trails of water dripping down from either jowl from the red pony At last he walked snorting to the water trough and bu [...]

    14. I ve learned not to feel guilty about not liking books by great authors With that being said, I give this book a 2 star rating with no feelings of remorse It s not a terrible book, I just never really connected with the story In all honesty I was quite underwhelmed, considering how much I enjoyed Of Mice and Men I will definitely be reading of Steinbeck, I m sure I ll enjoy his others a lot than this one.

    15. Well.is Steinbeck classic was not at all what I was expecting It depicts the dark side of ranch life and the dreadful way animals are treated, sometimes out of necessity but still hard to stomach and other times out of down right meanness and cruelty.I did not care for father Carl or his young son Jody at times and felt sorry for horses, dogs, cats, birds, the old lonely wandering man Gitano coming home to die, and the treatment of Jody s aging grandfather.Of course, the purpose behind this stor [...]

    16. Steinbeck writes beautifully It doesn t matter what he s writing about, I think I d read it anyway for the measured, deliberate, crystal clear prose.The Red Pony is not really about the pony I m sure as a lit student I could find a lot to say about it, but I m happier sitting back and letting it happen It s about growing up and coming to understand life, in stages, and as such it has no end Jody s a little older and wiser at the end than the beginning, but he has a long way to go still too.

    17. I was feeling really conflicted about this novel until the last quarter, when I started to understood the scope of what Steinbeck was trying to say.On the surface, the story is simply a look into the life of a young boy growing up on a farm Underneath however is the angst of an entire generation a generation that felt they could never live up to the legendary exploits of their elders who ultimately fulfilled manifest destiny.And then comes another disquiet what else was left for them to explore [...]

    18. Who captures the disappoint and tragedy of everyday life like Steinbeck The Red Pony takes place on a farm and for those of you who have never spent time on a real farm, I can tell you that life is hard and nature is cruel The boy, Jody, is coming of age and being faced with what it is to be human, to cope with loss, to watch the death of dreams, and to do this in the shadow of a father who tolerates no sentimentality The last section in this series of tales in Jody s life is the most poignant o [...]

    19. I sometimes don t enjoy Steinbeck because his storylines can make me mad at the world He s not really known for happy stories, is he Having known Steinbeck usually goes from bad situation to worse, I was not expecting a heartwarming horse story a la Misty of Chincoteague when I picked up The Red Pony I daresay I was right Staying true to form, it is free and clear of clich s, sentiment, and last minute miracles If you hated the movie Spirit, you ll be pleased.The Red Pony is a collection of four [...]

    20. 4 relatos.La mirada de un ni o de 10 a os transitando hacia el mundo adulto El universo rural de los a os 30 en la zona de Salinas y Monterrey California La especial relaci n afectuosa con los caballos La naturaleza siempre presente y cambiante por el paso c clico del tiempo El contacto consciente con la vejez y la muerte.Una rese a que merece la pena literaturas v010 sec09

    21. If I could give this less stars I would It s not about a Red Pony doesn t even SYMBOLIZE a red pony, nor does the actual red pony, who turns out to be insignificant, symbolize anything It s just loooong Seven Years in Tibet length descriptions of the clouds and landscape I swear he spent five frikkin pages on the rancher s moustache Just awful.

    22. Steinbeck is wonderful in these 4 loose vignettes that make THE RED PONY a small, but powerful novel He brings his succinct crisp prose to create life lessons Jody Tiflin must learn without supercilious detail Readers know Jody is a shy, quiet boy whose sensitivity brings tears to our eyes He just wants his father s love barring that, someone or something that will give him affection He learns that no man is infallible in life, in remembrance, in death, and there is quiet dignity in everything.I [...]

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