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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

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46 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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We follow the life of Lily Casey Smith, born in a dugout in Texas in 1901. A larger than life character with more gumption and common sense than are usually bestowed upon one person, Lily is not only a survivor of hard times, but she learns how to come out ahead when fa...
We follow the life of Lily Casey Smith, born in a dugout in Texas in 1901. A larger than life character with more gumption and common sense than are usually bestowed upon one person, Lily is not only a survivor of hard times, but she learns how to come out ahead when faced with adversity. Not one to feel sorry for herself, she has no use for weak people (or interest in what other people think of her). Lily overcomes a poor childhood in what was basically a dysfunctional family, a first marriage to a bigamist, and a lack of education (to name just a few of the problems she dealt with). Her second marriage, her children, and the ranch make up most of the story. I definitely recommend checking this out. Another book that you must read if you're a fan of Jeannette Walls, Augusten Burroughs, or memoirs in general (make sure you start reading it early because you won't sleep until you've finished it!) is "I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE."

posted by Allison_Davis on October 6, 2009

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

entertaining

Not a bad narrative regarding life of an amazing pioneer. While there was nothing to rivet the reader in the way of a plot, it gave insight to the struggles of life as the 1800's gave way to the 1900's and how things changed by mid-century. It was an interesting read. ...
Not a bad narrative regarding life of an amazing pioneer. While there was nothing to rivet the reader in the way of a plot, it gave insight to the struggles of life as the 1800's gave way to the 1900's and how things changed by mid-century. It was an interesting read.

Perhaps it had special meaning to me because my own parents (as children) settled in the SE corner of New Mexico prior to statehood. The tales of ranching in a desert area rang true. While in today's world, it's inconceivable to allow a teenager to head "that direction" for 500 miles, my dad told similar stories and this narrative helped me to understand his eye-opening tales were more the norm for the day. It was a time when babies left infancy and practically entered adulthood with very little chance of childhood in the middle; a time when survival required using your wits with very little margin for error; a time when your word was your bond and a handshake was a contract.

posted by WaryDreamer on January 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    F Half broke horses...

    This book,although comical at times, was a disappointment. I somehow felt i had wasted the time it took to ref

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Tallia

    Made a tornado

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    Seemed like a sloppy follow up to the success of The Glass Castl

    Seemed like a sloppy follow up to the success of The Glass Castle. The characters were not vibrant and no story flowed through the pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Hobo joe

    Pervert

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Badest book ever

    Bad bad bad bad

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Reply to Story

    It says TRUE LIFE STORY RIGHT THERE so duhhhh

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    It

    The age is good for when you are 100 years old and this is true couse i did reaserch and for your advics i am 38 years old so i know this stuff don't say bad stuff

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Story

    Is this a true story?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    Is it for kids????

    I mean i dont wanna waste my money if its not a kid book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Hayden2433

    Should i read it?????

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    Glass castle was awesome, how did she write this book?

    I picked this book because Glass Castle was amazing and I couldn't put it down. Unless you like reading stories about the west, life on a ranch etc. then skip this book. This book is incredibly boring and I can't believe it is even written by the same author....I feel like she became famous with Glass Castle and was so witty and interesting that she either didn't try at all with this one or thought every aspect of her family was interesting-it isn't. Stick to stories about you and your parents but frankly life back on the ranch for your grandmother doesn't interest me. I was totally caught off gaurd because this is a 180 from how good her other book is.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    not the glass castle

    a dissappointment

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

    Half Broke Horses is a book, revolving around an "Annie Oakley" kind of character, who is portrayed as a tough, "can do almost anything" type personality. It does not come across as a believable person, but more of a made up fictional character. It is slow moving, and leaves the reader not expecting any earth shattering events as he/she reads on from chapter to chapter. The book is not the worst book I've ever read, but one of the more mediocre books that I have come across. The ending of the book was just blah, actually leaving me to feel that the author could have ended the book at any time during the book, as no loose ends were tied and nothing was solved or accomplished in the end. It is a forgetable read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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