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Comments by Eoin Casey on Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 02:44 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Carrying 11lbs I finished all twenty-three lengths in 1hr:36. Literally a book so good I can now smell water. Thank you. Casey P.S. Currently hot-reading the entire index. Well done.
Farmington, CT USA

Comments by Michael mcLoughlin on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 08:44 IP Logged
Thank you for the book, a real gem.
Dublin, Ireland

Comments by Charles Wilkinson on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 01:21 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: My father,an avid horseplayer for over 65 years now, is beginning to lose his memory. He grew up in Baltimore and one of his favorite stories to recall is the day he bet on Seabiscuit in the Pimlico Special on All Saints Day. He bought your book before we could get it for him but he didn't like your description of the race. It is such a unique and powerful memory for him I don't think any description would do that wasn't his account, word for word. I loved the book and wept a lot while reading it. I hope you write another one on horse racing. Maybe the next one could raise the point that Citation (and I am sure my father would include Seabiscuit but he only saw him race once)would beat Secretariat 9 times out of 10. My father would love that. He raised us in Fairfax, VA. Good luck with everything.
Annandale, VA USA

Comments by A.W.Boster on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 08:44 IP Logged
Wow! Now only do I LOVE horses (drawing from my parents' background riding & raising startng as children in Nevada & Arizona, respectively), but I LOVE reading about them starting with "Billy & Blaze" in kindergarten. Read the covers off everything of M.Henry, W.Farley, some of Zane Grey's. I only wish my dear late mother could have lived to read this superb depiction of the life of one of her favorite characters! I cut my teeth on Seabiscuit, Man O'War, Whirlaway and Secretarit! Fond memories are of going to the wee race track at the Humboldt County Fair, and leaning on the rails at the saddling area where my mother would look over the entries, and pick her selection. In 12 races, she picked 11 winners because she liked the way the horses carried themselves, particularly their heads! No, bets weren't placed, just admiring great horse flesh! This magnificent book had me once again at the stables, stalls and the track (the color and noise)! My journalism profs would definitely point out Laura Hillenbrand as a WRITER! And almost as good as the book were the great descriptions of the people encountered and interviewed in the years of work that went into writing this book. Can hardly wait to share my enthusiasm with my sisters! They'll love "Seabiscuit", too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Cassel, CA USA

Comments by Doc Fletcher on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 08:26 IP Logged
Laura, you have written one of the all-time classics! Your writing allowed me to become friends with Charles, Tom, Red, the Iceman... and to fall in love with the Biscuit. They were all geniuses, and your story did their lives justice. I've never more enjoyed reading a book... you've put me on a mission to obtain Seabiscuit photos and race day audio or (is it possible?) video tapes. THANK YOU!
Northville, Mi USA

Comments by mike guthrie on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 08:18 IP Logged
I am not the fastest reader of books, but this book was read in a track record (for me) in a week and a few days. I miss it already. One of, if not the best books I ever read! Sorry, Jim Bouton (BALL FOUR)
simi valley, ca USA

Comments by Maddy van Houtum on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 09:42 IP Logged
Dear mrs. Hillenbrand, this is one of the most exiting books I ever read in my life. The story of a horse with such a carectar is just amazing. And when I was reading the book it was if I was on the race track myself. The way how you put discribes the persons and horse is just great. I am looking forward to reading your next book.
Schijndel, Netherlands

Comments by Stacy Norton on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 07:40 IP Logged
What a masterpiece!!! I laughed, I cried and I fell in love again with horses and the people who love them! I grew up riding Thoroughbred jumpers, in particular one that was a retired racehorse and who had the heart and spirit of Seabiscuit, and died too young, also. I finished your book last night and cannot get those magnificent characters out of my mind. What struck me most was that this was truly a love story - between Charles and Marcella, Red and Angela, Tom and Seabiscuit and the whole world and Seabiscuit. I would give anything to be able to see that wonderful horse in action. Is there anywhere to get any video of his actual races? Can't wait until the movie. Congratulations on a magnificent piece of work!!
Cordova, TN USA

Comments by John Rea on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 07:27 IP Logged
I'm self taught in history over the last forty years, and a life long sports fan. I knew horse racing when I was eight. Your command of the English language as far as a story teller is the equal of my personal favorites, Barbara Tuchman, William Manchester and John Keegan. I knew the result of the great match race. Given that, it was the most riveting description of a sporting event I have ever read. I did not know about the results of the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap until I read the book. Each chapter a masterpiece. The build up to the match race worth the price of the book. I did not know about Red Pollard. I did know George Wolfe was up against War Admiral. What an incredible number of doors that must have been opened to you to be able to weave this story... all the vignettes were priceless. The absolute best of everything to you. I hope that there are many more as such to follow. John Rea
Annandale, NJ USA

Comments by BenLeeuwestein on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 04:25 IP Logged
I have just finished the chapter on the Seabisuit/War Admiral match. I'ts a tough book to read. On one hand you want to savour it...on the other you just have to keep going to find out what happens next! A great story and an excellent job of telling it. Am looking forward to the movie!
SaultSteMarie, Ont. Canada

Comments by Judy Taylor-Atkinson on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 03:56 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Last year, after a long internet search, I found a hard cover copy of 'King of the Wind' by Marguerite Henry. I wanted the book with the original color paintings inside. It now stands facing out on my bookshelf and I will read the story, and look at the paintings, a few times a year. Last night I finished your book 'Seabiscuit' and I cried myself to sleep. So the story that began with the Godolphin Arabian now continues with his descendants. The book about Seabiscuit will sit next to Marguerite Henry's book and I will read it again. I am so grateful to your years of dedication to this story. You must have grown to love Seabiscuit through it all. I wish I could have seen him. Don't you? Judy Taylor-Atkinson
Port Coquitlam, BC Canada

Comments by Bruce on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 01:03 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm am writing about the music for the movie they are planning about our mutual friend, and I am hoping to find some channel of communication to let those people know that a movie about a horse that was been pigeon-holed, trivialized and de-meaned needs a music theme, however loosely based, from a great classical music piece which was ALSO pigeon-holed, trivialized and demeaned, a piece of music that is closely enough related to the horse as to be a philosophical brother. You've probably heard this idea before, but it was probably presented as an idea that some strange outsider was trying to sell to get money. In my case, however, the general point is that there is no music copyright on earth under which my sugestion could be protected as such -- as a suggestion. The general theme here, put briefly (actually was going to rant on and on at this point) is for the composer to use the well-known notes of the William Tell Overture (C-C-C,C-C-C, C-C-F-G-A in the first phrase, and C-C-C,C-C-C,C-A-G-E-C in the second) in even the most subtlest of ways at important plot points to PREFIGURE this great and final triumphant run, all too artistically understated in your masterpiece. I say "understated" not as a criticism (in fact I was laughing and crying all through the last two chapters, earlier ones too), but because 12-year-olds at the multi-plex will not be able to restrain themselves at the sound of the music (William Tell Overture, revised standard version) that fits this horse so truthfully in its finest ultimate hour. P.S. It is so strange that when I think of Seabiscuit, I don't think so much of a horse as of a person who was a horse. It is as if he had a mind to think with, every bit as much as you or I. He was just weak in languages (English, French, etc.).
Cape May, NJ USA

Comments by Tina Paul on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 09:34 IP Logged
In the acknowledgments of your wonderful book "Seabiscuit" you mentioned talking to numerous horseman. I was pleasantly surprised to read of one in particular, Leonard Dorfman. He was a wonderful trainer of our racehorses and a dear friend of my father and our family throughout the 1970's in California. I haven't seen or heard from him in years. Is he still around and how can he be contacted? Tina R. Paul
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by Mike Kirby on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 05:32 IP Logged
I have been a horseshoer in central Ky. for 20 yrs. and have been around horses all my life .I enjoyed your book immensely, especially your descriptions of the horses, tracks and people. I look forward to your next book.
Lancaster, KY USA

Comments by Neil Smith on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 04:59 IP Logged
I would like to know if there is any new information about the Seabiscuit movie. Will it really happen? When? The book was extremely entertaining. Thank you!
Chardon, OH USA

Comments by Marie-Claire on Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 04:15 IP Logged
I con't wait to read your book
Austan, TX USA

Comments by Katy on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 07:00 IP Logged
here are my predictions for the casting of the movie, if they have not already been cast... CHARLES HOWARD ~ Mel Gisbon RED POLLARD ~ ? TOM SMITH ~ Gene Hackman GEORGE WOOLF ~ Josh Hartnett (if he can pull of a "grown- up" roll) MARCELA HOWARD ~ Alyssa Milano AGNES ~ Julianna Marguiles Let me know what you think and your ideas!
Stockton, CA USA

Comments by Katy on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 06:30 IP Logged
I loved the story of Seabiscuit. He was an amazing horse with lots of heart. I mostly enjoyed reading about the bond between Seabiscuit and the people who worked with him. How you wrote about the way horse and humans affected each other proved that the bond between horse and rider are everlasting. It almost reminded me of my horse, Spellbound. A few years ago he was a lanky looking five year old who's legs were too small for his body. He had been shuffled from owner to owner nearly all of his life. He started out at the track and ended up as a failed police horse. When I took ownership of him, I seemed to be the only one who believed in him. I was then twelve and from the first time I unloaded him from the trailer I knew that he had that certain spark. Along with Seabiscuit, he has only proved that horses are not just animals but incredible creatures who respond to good treatment and faith. Today, my horse has blossomed into a champion. Together we have reinvented our love for equestrian sports. He throws his entire heart into jumping just as Seabiscuit ran his heart out for the people that he cared about. After reading your book, I can honestly say that I look at my horse very differently. Although before I showered him with love and treats, I wasn't doing what your book taught me was most important. My horse is my best friend, my partner, and my very own Seabiscuit. Just like Tom Smith, I realized that I know my horse inside and out and respect him now not just because of his beautiful coat and eye catching moving, but because of his incredible spirit and personality....which reminds me of Seabiscuit. Thankyou for writing about the real Seabiscuit and reminding us what is most important in life. I have just started reading your book for the third time and am very very anxious for the movie. Thankyou.
Stockton, CA USA

Comments by Wendy Caton Reed on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 06:21 IP Logged
I have been involved with horses all my life and although I had not heard of your book, my mom gave it to me for Christmas, I, like many others I have heard of, could not put it down, yet was soooo reluctant to finish. It was without a doubt the best biography I have ever read. You took me back to a time I have often wished to experience. I was with them at every turn and at times had to stop reading until my eyes were cleared of tears. I currently volunteer at a local therapuetic riding center and share the joy of horses with people with various disabilities. It is the greatest joy of my life to watch a horse and rider find their special relationship. I experienced this with Seabiscuit and I thank you for sharing your knowledge and exquisite writing with the world. Unlike others, I'm not sure I could see the movie, (I am a wimp at movies!) but I will try to be brave and see it! I just can't thank you enough for this book! Wendy Reed
Bath, ME USA

Comments by John Pargeter on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 04:31 IP Logged
One of the best books I have ever read in my 60 plus years. I am not a thoroughbred racing fan nor do I have much interest in horses. I do know how to recognise a great book and a great talent. I believe you could write about anything. Thank you so much for the enjoyment, please write more!
Cold Spring, NJ USA

Comments by Thomas Olney on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 01:15 IP Logged
I have always enjoyed horses and I have always followed the triple crown races since about 1960. Naturally, I had heard of Seabiscuit, but I knew very little about the horses of that era. After reading your book, I have been telling family and friends about Seabiscuit and the rest of the characters. I was especially impressed with Tom Smith and the way he got the best out of Seabiscuit and the other horses that he trained. I also respected his humility and enjoyed the way he fooled the press with his odd training times and with Grog, his stand in for Seabiscuit. It was such a heart-warming story of an underdog that beat all the odds. As I read the book, I thought about how wonderful the timing was for a horse like this to come along. With the country coming out of The Great Depression and needing a lift, as Joe Hernandez would say, "Here comes Seabiscuit". Your writing style was very easy to read and I liked learning about each character individually, before reading about their experiences together. It is one of the best books I've ever read and I can't wait to see the movie. I borrowed the book from the library, but I plan on buying it so my children and their children can read about "the Biscuit". Thanks for all your research, hard work, talent and the idea to write this book.
Spencerport, NY USA

Comments by geri freymann on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 00:45 IP Logged
what awonderful book about a little horse with a big heart i couldnt believe i was at the end of this wonderful book so quickly. what a great story. I just wish i could have seen seabiscuit run. what an amazing story. thank you for this great piece of history geri freymann
rock island, il USA

Comments by Gina Ricketts on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 04:29 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, thank you so very much for a lovely story of a horse and his people. I was saddened at that end at what seemed to be the end of an epoch. Where is Smith's son, and why did he die so alone? Is Ridgewood still there? Can you visit the farm? So many wrenching questions and moments in your book. Thank you.
Medford, OR USA

Comments by Mollie on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 02:55 IP Logged
I too got to know Seabiscuit through Ralph Moody's book as a teenager back in the 60's. Just started your book last night and plan to live in it all weekend! My father saw Seabisbuit at Howard's farm in Willits when he first moved to California. Many years later (approx. 1962 or 63), he took our family by there on vacation, and we found that the stables were being torn down. We were able to salvage Seabiscuit's halter and bridle showcase. They hung in my father's barn until several years ago when he gave them to me. I treasure them so much that I told him that's the only thing I wanted to inherit from him!
Middleton, ID USA

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