Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull

by Maia Wojciechowska

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Overview

"Manolo was the son of the great bullfighter Joan Olivar. Ever since his father's death the town of Arcangel has waited for when Manolo would be twelve and face his first bull. . . . A quiet style caps the explosive tension of this situation making it more intense."--Publishers Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689702983
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/28/1972
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Maia Wojciechowska's family fled Poland during World War II and emigrated to the United States after the war. She worked as an undercover detective, a motorcycle racer, a translator for Radio Free Europe, and a bullfighter before turning to writing. She was a friend of Ernest Hemingway, who said she knew more about bullfighting than any other woman.

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Shadow of a Bull 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about bullfighting seems like the last book I would want to read, but Shadow of a Bull is not just a book about bullfighting. Shadow of a Bull is a rich book about the trials of being the son of a hero, a book about the struggles of a boy trying to find his own way in a world that is attempting to force him to take a path the boy does not want to take. Manolo is the son of a magnificent bullfighter. When Manolo's father is killed in the ring, the people look to Manolo to become the man his father was. Manolo does not want to be a bullfighter. But he does not want to disappoint his mother and his father's friends and all the people of his town. He is afraid, paradoxically, of both the bull and of being a coward. He can find no way out.The author is somehow able to share with the reader the beauty and the horror of bullfighting. I was surprised to find that I could see bullfighting in a new way, as an art, as a heroic act, though I continue to feel revulsion as well.
SHARONTHEIL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shadow of a Bull is an intense coming of age story about a boy growing up in the shadow of his dead father, a famous Spanish bullfighter. Both Shadow of a Bull and Call It Courage (Newbery Medal, 1941) share the theme of a boy becoming a man by facing his fear. This was known at one time as a "boy book," much as domestic novels were "girl books." However, both girls and boys face fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt on the uneasy ascent into adulthood; and both will benefit from the depth of feeling that Maia Wojciechowska brings to this work.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's the tale of a matador in the making. Manolo Olivar is nine years old, the son of a famous bullfighter who was killed when Manolo was three. Everybody in his town is expecting him to follow in his father's footsteps, to bring glory back to his community. A group of bullfighting experts take him under their collective wing and start preparing him for his first match, to be held when he's twelve--just like his father. The question is, does Manolo want to be like his father? To the book's credit, it is not an easy question to answer. Manolo struggles with the question, all the while as he is being pushed along to a future others have chosen for him. It's a well written book that does a good job of expressing the thoughts and feelings of the characters and making the art of bullfighting come alive. My kneejerk reaction is to consider the sport cruel and bloodthirsty, but the story made me understand and halfway appreciate the views of the aficionados. It's a book y'all should check out.--J.
bedda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story follows Manolo as he tries to grow up in the shadow of his famous father. Beautifully written so that you can feel the pressures, the worries and all the fears that Manolo has to go through. You also get a look into the world of bullfighting. And although you may want to flip to the glossary in the back once in a while it never leaves you lost nor do the unfamiliar terms interrupt the flow of the narrative. It is a unique and touching coming of age story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone be my friend? Plz!
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Will you Please My Valintine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for ages 10-13
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Set in the early 1900s, this 1965 Newbery Medal winner, is a coming of age story that tells about Manolo Olivar, who is the son of Spain's greatest bullfighter Juan Olivar and lives with his widowed mother in the village of Arcangel. Juan had begun his career at age twelve and been killed by a bull at age 22 when Manolo was just three. At age nine, Manolo became aware of three things: the older he grew, the more he looked like his father; he was a coward, afraid of cars, heights, and especially bulls; and everyone in town expected him to grow up to become a bullfighter like his father. Manolo is now almost twelve. Six men in town are grooming him for his first bullfight. Count de la Casa is even raising a special bull for Manolo. Manolo would really prefer to become a doctor, but he doesn't want to disappoint his family, friends, and fellow townspeople, so he begins secretly practicing at night with the cape of his grandfather, who had also been a bullfighter. His best friend Jaime Garcia, whose father had been a bullfighter too, has an older brother Juan who wants to be a bullfighter more than anything else so he secretly goes out at night to practice with real bulls. Manolo even sneaks out with Juan in an attempt to work up his courage. Yet, he continues to doubt his courage and offers Juan the opportunity to take his place, but Juan's honor forces him to refuse. Finally, the day of Manolo's first bullfight arrives. What will Manolo do? Anyone who is absolutely and unalterably opposed to bullfighting will not like this book. But even if bullfighting isn't your cup of tea, Shadow of a Bull is still a fascinating story about a boy who is becoming a man. The reader will learn a lot about bullfighting. In fact, there is a glossary that contains sixty words related to bullfighting. When I once posted a comment on a homeschooling e-mail list, "After around 1960 the A. L. A. quit giving the Newbery Medal for good children's fiction and began giving it for 'socially relevant' children's fiction," author Katy Jones responded. "Whereas this is mostly true, I found a notable exception in Maia Wojciechowska's Shadow of a Bull, which won the Newbery in 1965. I just read it while looking for good historical fiction for my some to read for world history/geography. This book depicts the bullfighting culture and helps the reader understand the Spanish people's various attitudes toward it (plus it's a good story with a sympathetic main character)." I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, i went to a program that made me read the book, and i couldn't put it down! If you are bored/have nothing to do, read this book!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't put into words how bad this was. The writing wasn't bad, but it was like describing paint drying on a wall... then showing there was no point in talking about the paint drying on the wall because the wall would end up crumbling over anyways! (you'll get what I'm saying when you read the book) Overall, it was boring and the resolution made you question the reason you read the book in the first place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this book is not well written. Secondly, it was disgusting and pointless. And third, the storyline was not in the least bit interesting. How could this book have possibly won the Newbery Award?
Guest More than 1 year ago
a wonderful book and i reccomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome book to me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to any young reader. This book is full of action and and surprise. A young boy named Juan wants to become a bull fighter and this book is about what he does and what comes out in the end!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. It was a little hard to understand in the beginning but got a little easier toward the end. I don't think the author focused the correct way on the main idea that the book was portraying. The reader is able to understand the main character's point of view but it doesn't seem to tie in with the world around him. I would not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a okay book. Got very borring at times but was interesting. They kinda just sat around the whole book waiting for him to become a bull fighter. I didn't like the ending either. So if I were you, skip this book and read something else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Shadow of a Bull was a good book but at times it would get boring but over all it is a very good interesting book with a very suspenceful story inside it all. I do recamend this book for others from 10yrs old to 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a book worm and I hate books, but when I read this for a book report I loved it !!! It shows you that you can do anything you put your mind to! This is a book I would suggest to other readers to read even if you hate books like me !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i don't read very much but i loved this book. it is the best book that i had ever read. if you don't read it you are missing out ona wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book. I found it very boring.I'm usually a big reader but I didn't like this one. I had to read it for school, and no one else in my english class liked it either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read it, you better consiter doing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly heart breaking, but unspeakably wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts off sad but as the book progresses you really want the boy to thrive and do well. If you want to read about a boy from Spain and fulfilling his fathers legend this is the book for you!