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Comments by YVes Henry on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 01:57 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I have been training flat and steeplechase horses for many years now and normally try to read the most up and coming of our equine community writers novels. I though that most were fairly well written until I had the pleasure of reading your book of Seabiscuit. What a wonderful book and you must be complimented on the extensive research this novel took to bring such a wonderful story to life. I only hope the movie is as exciting as your novel. Thank you again for a wonderful read! Yves Henry
Middleburg,, Va. USA

Comments by Reed Taussig on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
"Seabiscuit: An American Legend" is the new Moby Dick. This book is destined to be an American classic. It is the best book I have read in ten years. Reed Taussig President and CEO Callidus Software
San Jose, CA USA

Comments by Steve Edscorn on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 09:34 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, I am a librarian by profession and I am an avid fan of thoroughbred racing. My own book collection consists mostly of books about the history of thoroughbred breeding and racing. I've read them all. Right now, I am reading Seabiscuit. Your book is truly a gem. You have brought back one of the greatest stories of racing, a story about a diamond-in-the-rough that is so unlike the glimpse-of-perfection stories of Man O'War, Native Dancer, and Secretariat. It speaks to the eternal hope in racing that the cheap cover, or the forgotten claimer, might turn out to be bottled lightening. You tell this story with a writing style that eclipses (and I hope you win one) the work of so many others, in much the way that Seabiscuit overwhelmed his competition. You always find just the right word or phrase: active verbs, colorful adjectives, fresh metaphors. In particular, I loved your description of the demise of the old Tijuana racetrack. That was the funniest page I ever read. Your physical description of Tom Smith is extremely well-done. I am in awe of your accomplishment.
Tulsa, OK USA

Comments by Ron Waxman on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 05:26 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just wanted to let you know that I stayed up all night tonight finishing your excellent book. I am a sports agent but mostly read fiction. Your book is a triumph that gives life to its heroes. You have done a wonderful thing in bringing life to the story's subjects. You should be proud of your tremendous accomplishment. Ron Waxman
NYC, NY USA

Comments by Bob Krohn on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 03:32 IP Logged
Laura: What a wonderful retelling of a great American underdog success story. I loved the characters, the suspense leading to the race, the detals about racing strategy, and most of all the Biscuit. Three thoughts (questions): 1. Did the triple crown exist is the late 30's and, if so, was Seabiscuit in any of the races? If so, what were the results? If not, why not? 2. Oh, what Robert Redford could do with this story on film! 3. Are there any films, videos, tapes, etc. of any of the races? I would love to see them. Possible? Thanks for the wonderful book.
Edgerton, Wi USA

Comments by Corwyn Alvarez on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Corwyn Alvarez on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 01:14 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Corwyn Alvarez on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 01:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing this to congratulate you on your beautiful book, and to let you know that you serve as an inspiration to me. I am currently writing a novel. As a writer, you well know that there are some days that such a project seems too monumental a task to undertake. It is on those days that I turn to your example and reflect on how your wrote inspite of your illness. From your courage and persistance, I find the inspiration to continue. For this I sincerely thank you. Incidentally, I have recently submitted my first novella to my agent. If you are interested, I would like to send you a copy as well. I have been told by others that the story is rather interesting. And perhaps some day, far down the road, you might have time to read it. In any case, I wish you much continued success and I hope you are feeling better. All the Best, Corwyn Alvarez
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Ken Shuey on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 00:02 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I was so excited about reading about Seabiscuit. I was born in 1937, and by the time I was old enough to remember anything, Seabisquit was a synonym for the greatest racehorse of all. Thank you for finally telling me about him and his friends. I have worked in film for many years on both sides of the camera, I belong to the Screen Actors Guild, and I am a life long horse person. I would really like to contact the producers to become involved in the film. Also, as a child my favorite board game was a little spinner set with tiny metal horses. I always chose Seabiscuit and Seabiscuit always won! (I think there was a lump under the spinner so that the pointer most always stopped there! Thank so much, Ken Shuey
Madison, CT USA

Comments by John Sentowski on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 09:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura..just finished the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a racing fan and never cease to be amazed as to the abilities that thoroughbreds possess. Your book paints a picture of Americana that is without equal. I would also like to point out to you an apparent typo on page 89 where Gallant Sir is referred to as Gallant Six...again thank you for a wonderful experience..John Sentowski
Quechee, Vt USA

Comments by Chuck Justice on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 09:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I visited Reprint Books in L'Enfant Plaza today at 11:30am. I happened across a single copy of your book and found the pages wherein you describe the match race of November 1, 1938 between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. Your description was vivid and nicely written. I recall seeing a movie many years ago when I was perhaps 10 or so, and that would be 1950. It was about Seabiscuit. I enjoyed it, but really cannot tell you much at all of the story. I understand that a new version, based on your book, will likely appear. I'll probably see it too. Hopefully, it will be done with some empathy and sophistication. While I have a strong preference for Secretariat, Seabiscuit was "great" in his own right. I have not yet compared the (now official) record time in which Secretariat ran the 1.375 miles at Pimlico in 1973 with that of Seabiscuit's effort in 1938, but all that does not really matter. It is both impossible and pointless to attempt comparisons between events scattered across so many years. Can the coming leaves of autumn be rightfully or justly compared with those of all autumns past? I wish you well in future endeavors. Your soul is obviously attuned to the spirits of all creatures. If by chance you have never read "Allah Creates the Horse" by Emir Abd-El-Kader, I think you would like it. It appears as a kind of introduction to the book "Secretariat," by Raymond G. Woolfe, Jr., published around 1998. In my opinion, it is a stunning, though brief, tribute to these unique creatures. Best, Chuck Justice
Bowie, MD USA

Comments by Barbara Powell on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 08:51 IP Logged
Had I not been sent the opening chapters of "Seabiscuit" by chapteraday.com, I NEVER would have read your book. I know nothing about horses--and even less about racing them--so I wouldn't normally give a book about a race horse a second thought. But once I started reading, I was hooked. I can't stop thinking about Seabiscuit and wishing he were alive today. If only I could have seen him race! Who would have thought that I'd be so moved by the story of a horse I'd never even heard of prior reading your book? Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit to life for me.
USA

Comments by Mark E. Blanck, D.C. on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 07:32 IP Logged
Thank you so very much. I am by no means a horseman; however, having been raised on the rich fodder of words by an english teacher-turned-librarian, I continue to thrive on exceptional phraseology. Nothing that I have read (save the books of the Bible) has given me more pleasure than the reading of your Seabiscuit. I hope that your talent and imagination will further bless us all who love excellence in writing. While I have come to have an infantile love of horses and even of horseracing from the novels of Dick Francis, and also from the book The Man Who Listens To Horses, I would by no stretch limit your ability to this arena (depending, of course, upon your inclination). Again, it is so exciting to have found such a treasure as your Seabiscuit, An American Legend ... a simple "thank you" seems inadequate and trite, but THANK YOU just the same. Mark Mark E. Blanck, D.C. markblanck@yahoo.com P.S. My dog chewed the corner of the book, which was checked out from the Roanoke library. Is there any way to get a new slip cover (the book binding was only very slightly damaged)? b
roanoke, tx USA

Comments by Karen Reavis Fitzpatrick on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 04:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been a Seabiscuit fan for many years now. I have been in horseracing all of my life in all aspects. I still have one retired mare I took with me when I decided to sell my farm and retire to a dull life of marriage to an equine veterinarian. I am half way through your book and cannot tell you how much I am enjoying it. I have never been a fan of horseracing books as it's so hard when it's your profession not to be critical of them. I was fortunate enough to come across a Nov. 11, 1937 Racing Form in an old sale barn about 10 years ago which started my love affair with Seabiscuit. He at that time was entered in the Bowie Handicap at Pimlico carrying 130lbs over a mile and 5/8ths. I still have that racing form, I had to frame it so I would quit reading it! It would fall apart if I didn't. It facinates me every time I read it. It's like I'm there and he's running this afternoon. He of course is on the front page. Your book is one of the most well written books on the sport, not just on Seabuscuit! I can't remember enjoying a book more, especially on my favorite horse. I've been out of horse racing now for almost 5 years and reading this book has brought back so many wonderful memories. I didn't realize how much I miss it. Once it's in your blood, you never really get away from it, it's like a habit you'll never quit craving. Thank you so much for a wonderful book!
Kankakee, IL USA

Comments by Susan W Berman on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 03:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am doing "Seabiscuit" for my book club on October 1. 2001. I had suggested the book before I read it. What a wonderful book. I loved it and I'm sure that it was a great choice for the club. We are 12 women and are in our seventh year. We do a book once a month. We rarely do hardcover books, but I am so glad we did yours. I have not been able to find a lot of biographical information about you except from the cover. I understand that you have CFS and have been quite ill with it. I hope that you are doing better. I know that the National Racing Museum has a special exhibit on Seabiscuit and I am going to try to get up there before it ends. If you have any words of wisdom for me to impart to my book club, I would appreciate it. Thanks so much for a terrific book!! And stay well, Susan W. Berman
Allentown, Pa USA

Comments by Rob Charlton on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 02:58 IP Logged
Its rare for me to stray from my usual diet of escapist mystery, crime and low-life fiction...James Lee Burke, Emore Leonard etc. I'm so happy that my brother bought your book for my mum who passed it on to me. If you have a mailing list for any future books please put me on it. Thanks for a wonderful portrayal of the remarkable 30's and an even more remarkable racehorse.
USA

Comments by KRISTA PICKETT on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am in the process of reading SeaBuscuit and I love it! I read in Parade that the movie is currently in production and no actors have been fully chosen. I am an avid equestrienne. I have ridden 22 of my 27 years and have two Thoroughbreds. The first, a Danzig granddaughter I rescued off the track and the second is a two year old Mr. Prospector granddaughter I recently purchased. Horses are my first love and they are truly magic. I would love in any way to be a part of your movie. I know as a horse lover and rider how hard it is to take actors seriously who can't ride that well. I am a singer and an actor. I recently recorded my country music demo on Music Row in Nashville,TN. I Beleive you will truly make a "horse movie" the most authentic and credible yet. I read The Blood Horse weekly and follow racing and bloodlines closely. I train weekly to be the best jumper rider I can be. Please give me the opportunity to send you my headshot. I am five feet tall and petite. A great size for a jockey or exercise rider- yes, I am begging!-HAHAA! Take Care and thank you for spreading the magic of horses. I am a life long advocate of the horse!
Chattanooga, TN USA

Comments by mike cowan on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 09:08 IP Logged
A unique and enjoyable book. I had heard of Seabiscuit, but knew nothing about thoroughbred racing, in general.This is a book about people,adversity, and loyalty. For the movie, I like Robert Duvall to play Tom Smith. This is a book for everyone, not just sports fans. Look forward to your next book!
richmond, va USA

Comments by Ken Gertsen, DVM on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 01:27 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, After practicing over 30 yrs on the race track I can say your book brought back fond memories. I often wished I would have taperecorded some of the events I witnessed and took part in during those years. The race track life is quite interesting and is infact a life in itself.
USA

Comments by JOSEPH SARTORI on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 01:12 IP Logged
MS. HILLENBRAND, I SAW YOUR INTERVIEW ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND I HAD TO HAVE THE BOOK. IT WAS A GREAT READ, WHICH I ACCOMPLISHED IN FOUR SITTINGS. CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE. GO "BISCUIT"
COLONIAL BEACH, VA USA

Comments by Anne Converse on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. It was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been working on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which now allows me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred book. Some of the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html. I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the editing stage. Please let me know your thoughts. I also believe with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith! Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Marion, Marion USA

Comments by Anne Converse on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 00:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. It was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been working on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which now allows me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred book. Some of the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the editing stage. Please let me know you thoughts. I also believe with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith! Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Marion, Marion USA

Comments by Anne Converse on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 00:56 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I hve just finished SEABISCUIT and hated for it to end. it was beautifully written with such vibrance and compassion for the characters and the horses. I have been workin on a personal project on the Thoroughbred scene for the past ten years. The nuances I have observed were clarified in your book and gave me a much deeper understanding for the people I have met over the years. It is truly a captivating world with many layers. My work is only one layer. I am in the process of editing work for a book and hope to complete it by the beginning of next year. I have another book that I just completed with a friend, which allow me to fully concentrate on the Thoroughbred one. Some on the work is featured on my web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~bellaclick/index.html I was wondering if you would be at all interested in writing a brief forward for my book? I know you are busy with the movie and the book is still in the ediing stage. Please let my know you thoughts. I sdo beleive with one email that Robert Duval would be brilliant for Tom Smith. Best of luck with the movie and your future ventures-you have wonderful writing gift! Anne Converse
Marion, Marion USA

Comments by Anne Converse on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 00:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I finally finished SEABISCUIT, but hated for it to end!! I have always been a horselover and was glued to your vibrant, compassionate and beautifully written story. I am a free-lance photographer and have been photographing the thoroughbred scene for the past ten years, mostly training and behind the scenes for a personal documentary. Your book explained so many nuances that I had observed on the rail. I have been working on a book-a photographic essay-of the project. I know there are many layers to the Thoroughbred scene that I saw yet my work is only one layer. If you would at all be interested in writing a forward for the book, I would love to have your insight. I have had some interest with publishers a few years ago and will begin to research again. I have been involved with another book that was just completed. Some of my thoroughbred work is featured on my web site. I'm sure you are busy with the movie which sounds wonderful and I will be looking forward to the release. I agree with the recent email that Robert Duval would be fabulous as Smith! All the best with the movie and your future ventures-you have the gift! Anne Converse
Marion, Marion USA

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