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Half Broke Horses
par Jeannette Walls
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Three and a half stars. Jeannette Walls again tells a story (this time only based in real life) that entertains and amuses. Her grandmother seems like a real character, and it was interesting to think about Jeannette's story (as told in The Glass Castle) as I was reading the story of her grandmother and mother.
I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Walls, and loved this just as much as the Glass Castle. Her telling as both an author and narrator offers a nice aspect into the family’s lives. It was engaging and I couldn't wait to actually drive home or to work just to hear the next pages. It's been compared to an adult type of Little House on the Prairie, and I would agree. I thought she wrote about her grandmother in a wonderful manner without sugar coating her flaws and I found it to be a great tribute to her. I also liked in the end how she explained some of her thoughts about her daughter Rosemary as it answered some questions for me.
I loved the writing and the strong women. Great book.
Good story of her feisty grandmother with enough fictionalizing to call it a novel. Well written.
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The pert style of “Half Broke Horses” is much more repetitive and grating than the more spontaneous-sounding voice Ms. Walls used to describe her own life.
But the author comes from a family that knew how to lure horses using grain, not rope. And she has inherited a version of that skill. So she has managed to make her second book almost as inviting as her first, even though its upright heroine is never as startling as Ms. Walls’s parents were.
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A true-life novel about Lily Casey Smith (the author's grandmother) who at age six helped her father break horses, at age fifteen left home to teach in a frontier town, and later as a wife and mother runs a vast ranch in Arizona where she survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy--but despite a life of hardscrabble drudgery still remains a woman of indomitable spirit.
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Classification décimale de Melvil (CDD)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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This story of Jeannette's grandmother has it all going on. I fell in love with Lily and her family as they struggled to make it on a ranch. Lily is a terrific protagonist - - a strong woman who definitely does some crazy things (some good, some bad). The book is a really fast and easy read as each chapter is more of an anecdote from Lily's life. When considered together, these anecdotes create a fascinating character study . . .I just ate it up. Lily's mothering style is so different then my own, but very entertaining to read. The fact that this novel is based in truth just made it all the more interesting. ( )