Coal Black Horse

Coal Black Horse

by Robert Olmstead
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Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead

When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable: she sends her only child to find his father on the battlefield and bring him home.

At fourteen, wearing the coat his mother sewed to ensure his safety—blue on one side, gray on the other— Robey thinks he's off on a great adventure. But not far from home, his horse falters and he realizes the enormity of his task. It takes the gift of a powerful and noble coal black horse to show him how to undertake the most important journey of his life: with boldness, bravery, and self-posession.

Coal Black Horse joins the pantheon of great war novels—All Quiet on the Western Front, The Red Badge of Courage, The Naked and the Dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786297337
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/15/2007
Series: Historical Fiction Ser.
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Olmstead is the author of eight books. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, a Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Fiction Book of 2012, and an Amazon Best Book of 2012. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award and was a #1 Book Sense pick. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Coal Black Horse 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This truly is a very good, interesting and entertaining book, and Robert Olmstead is not as recognized as he probably should be. Though set in the civil war, it's not about the civil war, it just contains elements of it to enhance the story. The imagery is amazing, and the eloquent prose in which it is written in is beautiful. It's not on the same level as All Quiet on the Western Front or some of the Cormac McCarthy books in which this has been compared to, but then again, what is on that level? I highly recommend the book, and I am looking forward to the forthcoming sequal.
pjpick More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this one. It had the elements I like: a coming of age story, a quest, and civil war fiction. However, it was just too dang dark for me. Now I don't want to disuade anyone from reading it, it has recieved incredibly good reviews from other readers so if this is your genre I suggest to give it a try. Perhaps it might be best suited for male readers. Although I couldn't finish it, I couldn't give it only the one star (per my norm for abandoned books)because it does warrant more than that on the quality of the writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a coal black horse in this story, but it's not about him. The lead character is Robey, a fourteen year-old boy sent by his mother on a mission to retrieve his father from the battlefield. In a short novel, Olmstead uses the perfect details to create memorable characters, reveal the crazy face of War, and explore the loss of innocence. Although there is pain and ugliness in the story, there is also beauty and kindness. I hesitate to call anything an instant classic, but if you compare this novel to The Killer Angels or Cold Mountain, it does not suffer much. The universality of the human experience in this tale will bring it back to your mind's eye after you turn the last page. Perhaps it is not even about Robey- perhaps it is about you and me. Do not miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best novel of war and innocence I have ever read.Describes the most horrible events ever experienced by Americans- the Civil War, through the eyes of a boy. I cannot forget this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful novel that illustrates the horror of war and where it takes humans. The depravity and cruelty that surrounds the battlefield and the lengths one goes to survive, is balanced against love, loyalty and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story didn't flow and the descriptions of scenes were wordy and not clear or believable.There were to many stops and starts without cohesion.
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JAEJE More than 1 year ago
Very realistic Civil War story of a young boy forced into manhood when he searches for his father on the various battlefields.
Sandragon More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a book for men. It discusses many gross adventures and I'm truly sorry I wasted my time.
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EFTBanker More than 1 year ago
Exquisite. Beautifully written.  Almost a prose poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting historical perspective. I felt like i was right there. Horses were important and necessary then as they are now to those who still ride.
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Hey, I never said they rp'd on the NOOK. She helps me a lot when I'm depressed. A lot more than I ever thought.<p>Question Heut de Dix:<br>My bestest friend's name is...(rl not rp)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but i gtg right now. Cna qe figure this out tomorrow sometime. Really sorry, and not trying to abandon my duties as deputy. -Strongfire