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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

Comments by India Mountbatten on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:22 IP Logged
Manhatten, NY USA

Comments by RKB on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:20 IP Logged
Thank you for this wonderful book -- I fell in love with this horse!
Atlanta, GA USA

Comments by Neil Turner on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I thoroughly enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit. My only hope is that (to paraphrase Red Pollard) 'Hollywood doesn't f**k it up like they always do'.
Montreal, Que Canada

Comments by Tory Braden on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:11 IP Logged
I hope that William H. Macy will play Pollard, and Hank Azaria,George Woolf, if they are small enough. Thank God Clint Eastwood is not directing; he ruined 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.'
Savannah, GA USA

Comments by Savannah Robillard on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 01:02 IP Logged
Pulitzer Winner is written all over it.
St. Simons Island, GA USA

Comments by Richard Osgood on Monday, July 30, 2001 at 09:45 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I'm a retired sports editor and currently am the Games Coordinator for the Massachusetts Senior Games. I heard about your book and finally had the chance to pick it up at the airport last week when I was in Baton Rouge for the National Senior Olympics. I started reading last night and am on Page 42 as I write this. So far the book is exceptional. You are a very talented writer. I'm reading about how Seabiscuit was raced so much when he began his career. We had a race track only miles from my home in Agawam, Massachusetts. The track didn't stay open long as far as I recal...perhaps three years at the most. I believe it was called the Agawam Race Course but there really are not too many people around who remember it that well. Seeing Seabiscuit raced so often in New England I'm very curious if he might have raced in Agawam. Would you know or could you put me in touch with someone who might know. I'm not sure if the Daily Racing Form would have his past performances. I would love to find out. Meanwhile, I'm going back to reading the book and can't wait for the movie. Thanks again for the great job of writing a book that is so informative and so well done. Anyone who picks it up and doesn't feel the same is missing out. Regards. Richard M. Osgood, 36 Duclos Dr., Feeding Hills, Ma. 01030
Feeding Hills, Ma USA

Comments by Jerry Freeland on Monday, July 30, 2001 at 09:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura-I loved the book, I've read more than a few in my years as a teacher of history & English. Margot & I read it together(It was her idea), and I have never been so profoundly moved by a book. I was also impressed with your research, it was one of the first things I looked for, you certainly know how to uncover the facts. We're looking forward to a sequel, and the film. I wonder if the Howard ranch near Willits is still intact, and who owns it now? Are the decendents of Charles Howard still in the area and involved in horse racing? Do any of them know Seabiscuit's resting place or was that buried with Charles Howard's sons? I hope Tom Smith got the new car, he seemed to have had so few joys in life. His funeral I hope included his family and close friends. Information on what happened to Pollard's childrens' children would be of interest to me. If I were to walk into a bar, and find Charles, Tom, George, and Cougar I'd want to talk to Cougar. He was a fascinating character and my favorite for a sequel. He was one tough Irishman. One last question, do you know where Cougar and Agnes went in Catalina for their honeymoon? I've been there many times and Margot & I had ours there in Two Harbors. I look forward to hearing from you. P.S. This is my first E-Mail. ph is 858-452-7226 in case you wish to call.
La Jolla, CA USA

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