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Comments by martha hertz on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
Thank you for letting me know Seabiscuit. I know how he feels under me on the backstretch fighting to go, I know how he smells, how he reacts when he's frustrated, the look in his eye when he's weighing his chances of outsmarting someone, and a whole lot more. More than an author, you're a genius at your craft.
Locust Grove, GA USA

Comments by thelma sroka on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 08:55 IP Logged
I really enjoy thius great book...lots of insites into racing...we have standbreds, but the horses, and people who work with them are the same, heart and guts....are you coming to the saratoga meet to sign books? would like some autographs for christmas presents thank you again...look forward to your next book
broadalbin, ny USA

Comments by Janet Almasy on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 08:03 IP Logged
I have just finished reading your marvelous book. Much as I love horses, I have never been a racing fan. I might not have bought the book if a review in our local paper hadn't pointed out that it was equally about the people involved, and the conditions under which the jockeys worked. I could not put it down! I found myself alternately moved to tears, anger, laughter, and a strong desire to stand up and cheer. Thank you so much.
Youngstown, OH USA

Comments by Linda Spencer on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 07:37 IP Logged
Wonderful book!
Modesto, CA USA

Comments by ruth soltis on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 05:01 IP Logged
The BEST book I have read in years! I love Seabiscuit! I cried when the story ended and was glued to this book! I even tryed to read slow so that I could savour it longer! Wonderful book, wonderful writing! Seabiscuit was just amazing! I am so glad that you wrote this great book to edicate people that horses are more than 'dumb' animals! The writing style made it even more interesting! Hats off to you, my dear! And, hats off to Seabiscuit! Truly a Wonder-Horse!
Saratoga, CA USA

Comments by Alan Benning on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I am an English racehorse trainer and writer living and working in Florida. The quality and standard of your work and research is probably the highest I have ever seen. The finished article, your book, is without doubt brilliant and by far best I have ever read. I am rarely drawn to tears, but the depth of your writing drew them from me on more than one occation. My novels are good, but you are in a league of your own. Many congratualtions.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla USA

Comments by Angelika Haselbach on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, i live in Germany an my english is not so good. The book about Seabuisciut i was reading in two days and I´m enthusiastic. I think the book is very interesting not only for people like horseracing, it also interesting to learn something about the american history an people. Thank´s for this phantastic book, good luck and bye, bye from Germany.
Leipzig, BRD

Comments by Andy Anderson on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 00:47 IP Logged
My first love is rowing racing--I am a rowing coach. Your telling of the races was superb. Anyone who likes sport racing -- swimming, track, or rowing -- would be completely taken with your writing. Bravo!
Chilmark, MA USA

Comments by Meredith Henderson on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 09:35 IP Logged
My husband and I finished reading Seabiscuit on Memorial Day. The following day I couldn't speak or smile over the knowledge of not having it to come home to. The magnificance of your book cannot be described... your writing is utterly beautiful. You are in my prayers for restored health. What a marvelous woman you must be. Please write again.

Comments by Shannon Powell on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 07:16 IP Logged
I'm at a loss for words. I read probably 4-5 novels a month and have never been so enthralled or moved in my life. I still have tears in my eyes thinking about certain aspects of the book. You are a masterful storyteller and the way you put your reader right in the middle of the action is amazing. I can still hear the crowd. Thank you so very much.
Helena, MT USA

Comments by Leo Tracy on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 06:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I've never been on a horse, never been to the races but I absolutely adored your book! I think that is a tribute not only to your wonderful skills as a story teller but also to your understanding that this was a tale for the ages. How wonderful it was to watch as those odd and disparate characters came together to create a brilliant moment in history. Please don't let the Hollywood crowd ruin the epic. I am breaking my own rule about recommending books and telling everyone I know to read Seabiscuit. Thank you so much!
highland mills, NY USA

Comments by Bill Crouch on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 05:58 IP Logged
Thoroughly enjoyed your book! I read a lot of non-fiction history and believe, as the title suggests, this is truly the story of an American legend and dream. Final success overcoming adversity through talent and dogged perseverance. Congratulations on a superb product! I look forward to your next effort.
CO Springs, CO USA

Comments by Phil O'Donnell on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank You for a truly great story, your efforts and heart made for a winner. As one who has been on the back track the names while in the past for the most part were familiar to me. Saratoga sales are next week hope to see you . Thanks again I truly enjoyed.
Worthington, Ma USA

Comments by Jack Young on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 03:45 IP Logged
Dear Laura,A novel I wrote about the life of a jockey,"A Magical Talisman"(1998),is set at about time of your "Seabiscuit".It's based on my own life experiences and imagination...or so I thought... I was amazed to find that your biographical description of John Pollard paralleled many of the characteristics of my fictional protagonist.Now I wonder if it was really my imagination or incidents that I had read about long ago and stored in my subconscious? I would be glad to send you a copy if you can give me a mailing address. J.Young 114
Carbondale, PA USA

Comments by GEORGE CREWS on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 02:34 IP Logged

Comments by Bob Williamson on Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand: Your book is magnificent! The story of Seabiscut the race horse was fantastic, and you are one courageous lady. I've not read a book this enjoyable in a long time (and I read a fair amount of non-fiction). I couldn't put it down, in fact, I'm reading it for the second time starting tonight. Did Seabiscuit ever race at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, or was that before the track was built? I spent many happy times with my Dad there when as a teenager.
Asheville, NC USA

Comments by H.J.Henckel on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 09:33 IP Logged
Great writing, great subject, write more!! Did not want to put the book down - did not want the book to end. Wilford Brimley would make a great "Tom Smith".
West Bend, WI USA

Comments by Bill Fletcher on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 08:09 IP Logged
Dear Miss Hillenbrand-I read your book and really enjoyed it. My grandfather, Clyde Blunt, worked as a top farrier at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Warner Brother's Studios. I was wondering if you ran across the name anywhere. He is long since gone, as well as anyone else connected to him and the time period. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Bill Fletcher
Yreka, CA USA

Comments by Helen Turner on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 03:40 IP Logged
I loved your book, Seabiscuit. My grandfather was a great horseman, and, I'm sure, followed Seabiscuit's career. He would have loved this book as much as I did. Thank you for writing it. For all horse lovers, it's a real gift.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by David Wyatt on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 03:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: My aunt lent me the book recently (I'd buy my own, but my horses clean me out regularly). "Seabiscuit" is well researched and told, never wavering. It's great when good writers and horses attract attention. Have you read any of Charles Bukowski's racetrack stories? Sincerely, Dave Wyatt
Hinckley, OH USA

Comments by Steve Johnston on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura... I polished off your outstanding book "Seabiscuit" on Sunday afternoon. Hackneyrd cliche or not,I literally could not put it down. I found the book to be very readable and absorbing. I could feel myself in the crowd around the gates,my legs were stiff during the descriptions of the races. This is a triumph...Thank you!
Prince George, BC Canada

Comments by R Helms on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 02:31 IP Logged
I am kind of embarrassed to add my two cents here. I seem to be the only respondent who read a recommendation of this book in PEOPLE magazine, at least I think that's where I read it, who can remember now! My brain is filled with HORSES! This book was thrilling for me to read. The responses here by NONhorse loving type people are going to encourage me to tell others about the book. For some reason I was thinking those people might not appreciate it. I was certain that those that found the writing of the races to be so....exhilarating would surely mention Walter Farley's books too? Now after reading all these superlative literary reviews, how silly of me to compare them! But, those books, read by my best friend and I, on slow summer days, in the shade on the front porch....taking turns reading chapters aloud to each other of The Black Stallion series, and I wanted desperately to be a jockey! The races were always the best part. Linda does a superb job of bringing the excitement and tension alive on the page. Only having ever read of the horse, and heard him discussed in awed tones, it has been fascinating to feel like I've been there, in the stands, listening to the feet thunder around the track and in my heart! On page 270, when War Admiral's jockey thinks, "Seabiscuit is faster." I actually shouted out loud, "HA!" Thank you for writing this book about these remarkable underdogs. I was cheering for them the whole book. And like others who posted previously, so saddened that their lives went on separately and with some degree of tragedy and sadness, rather than an overwhelming sense of joy, and exuberance for life and what it can hold. Well done, Ms. Hillenbrand! Well done!
Peoria, IL USA

Comments by Elizabeth on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 02:15 IP Logged
Laura, Brilliant book. Beautifully written, impossible to putdown, joyful and heartbeaking at the same time. Best book I've read in a long time. My child hood memories of going to the Santa Anita race track with my Dad and his buddies came rushing back to me. That was in the days when Round Table and the great Silky Sullivan were racing. I spent endless afternoons playing in the infield, going to the race track was the only adult activity I didn't mind being dragged to! Oh, in case any production people with the Hollywood film are checking this guest book, here are my casting sugestions: Howard- Gene Hackman or Robert Duval- Smith- Harrison Ford (proven box office, same age now as Smith was) or Clint Eastwood as Smith- Pollard: Sean Penn- Sean Penn! and if Penn won't do it- go with the long shot- Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (Full Monty-Trainspotting) he's the right size,slight build- if he could pull off a North American accent he'd be great. For Woolfe, Billy Cruddup. Unless, somebody could convince Tom Cruise to take a supporting role and play Woolfe. Thanks, so much Laura for writing such a wonderful book.A true classic. I wish you the best of health and hope effective treatment can be found for your CFS.
Oakland, CA USA

Comments by Renate Cappelletti on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My husband almost "wrestled" with someone at the local library to obtain your book for me. We are avid horse lovers and, in fact, owned part of a race horse once which got injured during his first big race. You captured the excitement, ecstasy, heartache and defeat perfectly. What dedication by the owner, trainer and jockey! What a horse! The story moved me to tears. Thank you! Please do not stop writing! Renate C.
Boca Raton, FL USA

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