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Posted July 13, 2006
The Civil War from the viewpoint of - General Robert E. Lee's horse??? Traveller, still a colt when his first owner sets off for a place called the War, can't wait to get there because surely anywhere young men seek so eagerly must be just like heaven. A horse's version of heaven, that is! So where is it that he winds up instead? A place of noise and blood, exhaustion and starvation, and death for horses as well as for men. His new master, 'Marse Robert,' wins Traveller's heart so wholly that lively young horse soon decides he'd never prefer to be elsewhere. Yet still, Traveller never stops wishng he might have made it to the War at last...and that's just one of the seriocomic differences between a horse's perspective and that of the humans who surround and control him. A delightful blend of fun and poignancy, complete with Traveller-coined nicknames for Marse Robert's fellow generals that had me in stitches. Anthropomorphic animals aren't usually favorites with me, and I sometimes found the use of dialect distracting but I thoroughly enjoyed this book just the same.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2010
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