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Horse Whisperer

Horse Whisperer

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A forty-ton truck hurtles out of control on a snowy country road, a teenage girl on horseback in its path. In a few terrible seconds the life of a family is shattered. And a mother's quest begins -- to save her maimed daughter and a horse driven mad by pain. It is an odyssey that will bring her to...

The Horse Whisperer

He is the stuff of legend. His

Overview

A forty-ton truck hurtles out of control on a snowy country road, a teenage girl on horseback in its path. In a few terrible seconds the life of a family is shattered. And a mother's quest begins -- to save her maimed daughter and a horse driven mad by pain. It is an odyssey that will bring her to...

The Horse Whisperer

He is the stuff of legend. His voice can calm wild horses and his touch heal broken spirits. For secrets uttered softly into pricked and troubled ears, such men were once called Whisperers. Now Tom Booker, the inheritor of this ancient gift, is to meet his greatest challenge.

Annie Graves has traveled across a continent with her daughter, Grace, and their wounded horse, Pilgrim, to the Booker ranch in Montana. Annie has risked everything -- her career, her marriage, her comfortable life -- in her desperate belief that the Whisperer can help them. The accident has turned Pilgrim savage. He is now so demented and dangerous that everyone says he should be destroyed. But Annie won't give up on him, for she feels his fate is inextricably entwined with that of her daughter, who has retreated into a heartrending, hostile silence. Annie knows that if the horse dies, something in Grace will die too.

In the weeks to come, under the massive sky of the Rocky Mountain Front, all their lives -- including Tom Booker's -- will be transformed forever in a way none could have foretold. At once an epic love story and a gripping adventure,The Horse Whisperer weaves an extraordinary tale of healing and redemption -- a magnificent emotional journey that explores our ancient bonds with earth and sky and hearts untamed. It is a stirring elegy to the power of belief and self-discovery, to hopes lost and found again.


Editorial Reviews

Michiko Kakutani
A sappy romance novel, gussied up with some sentimental claptrap about the emotional life of animals and lots of Walleresque hooey about men and women. About the only thing missing is a picture of Fabio on the cover.... Mr. Evans has absolutely no feel for the landscape he is describing and even less insight into his characters....It's a measure of this abysmal novel's deficiencies that Pilgrim the horse emerges as the deepest and most conflicted character in the book. Which is something you expect to find in a children's animal story, not in an over-hyped fable for adults. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Screenwriter Evans's debut novel spent 38 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Library Journal
While riding her horse Pilgrim on a snowy Saturday morning, young Grace Graves is involved in a horrible accident. She and the horse survive, but she loses a leg and Pilgrim becomes unmanageable. Annie, Grace's mother, senses that if Grace is to recover completely her horse must recover, too. When medicine and other traditional treatments fail to tame the horse, Annie moves Grace and Pilgrim to Montana in order to be near Tom Booker, a legendary figure who is rumored to be able to whisper sanity back into the minds of troubled horses. Tom works wonders for Pilgrim and Grace. Inevitably, Annie falls under his spell, and her marriage and family are put in opposition to her consuming love for Tom. This emotionally wrenching tale, read by Peter Coyote, is recommended for popular collections. M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence.
From the Publisher
“Compelling . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Gripping . . . a compelling portrait of three people who love each other but can’t break through the self-created walls that keep them apart.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Fascinating . . . moving . . . a big, engrossing book [with] an unexpected ending that surprises mightily.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Brilliance pervades this five-handkerchief weepie.”—The Times (London)

“Outstanding . . . a book of rare power and beauty.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786204991
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
10/15/1996
Edition description:
Large print ed
Pages:
618
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford University after serving in Africa with the Voluntary Service Overseas. He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter, television producer, and screenwriter before writing four bestselling novels. The Horse Whisperer, his first book, was made into a celebrated movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.


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