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The Red Pony Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1993

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140177361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140177367
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steinbeck is to be judged by the highest standards New York Herald Tribune --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book for the literary depth. There was wonderful development of each character. There was also descriptions of the scene, its weather, flora, relationships; so much so, that I felt I was there.

Each of these four chapters was actually a separate short story. The relationship between each chapter was one of character and scene. There was no plot relationship between these chapters. The Red Pony could have been developed into a marvelously captivating book; however, it is simply four short, unrelated stories, each one unfinished. This is a literary example of – “What could have been?” The presentation of these stories as a single book is not a blemish on Steinbeck’s writing legacy, but it is an example of poor marketing judgment.
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I enjoyed this book for the literary depth. There was wonderful development of each character. There was also descriptions of the scene, its weather, flora, relationships; so much so, that I felt I was there.

Each of these four chapters was actually a separate short story. The relationship between each chapter was one of character and scene. There was no plot relationship between these chapters. The Red Pony could have been developed into a marvelously captivating book; however, it is simply four short, unrelated stories, each one unfinished. This is a literary example of – “What could have been?” The presentation of these stories as a single book is not a blemish on Steinbeck’s writing legacy, but it is an example of poor marketing judgment.
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I enjoyed this book for the literary depth. There was wonderful development of each character. There was also descriptions of the scene, its weather, flora, relationships; so much so, that I felt I was there.

Each of these four chapters was actually a separate short story. The relationship between each chapter was one of character and scene. There was no plot relationship between these chapters. The Red Pony could have been developed into a marvelously captivating book; however, it is simply four short, unrelated stories, each one unfinished. This is a literary example of – “What could have been?” The presentation of these stories as a single book is not a blemish on Steinbeck’s writing legacy, but it is an example of poor marketing judgment.
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I enjoyed this book for the literary depth. There was wonderful development of each character. There was also descriptions of the scene, its weather, flora, relationships; so much so, that I felt I was there.

Each of these four chapters was actually a separate short story. The relationship between each chapter was one of character and scene. There was no plot relationship between these chapters. The Red Pony could have been developed into a marvelously captivating book; however, it is simply four short, unrelated stories, each one unfinished. This is a literary example of – “What could have been?” The presentation of these stories as a single book is not a blemish on Steinbeck’s writing legacy, but it is an example of poor marketing judgment.
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A quality piece. Truly literary art at its best. Recommended for all readers willing to tackle it.

Though I wouldn't force it upon pre-highschool or highschool readers; as is apparently vogue these days. They're not going to get it.

John Steinbeck's novella, originally copyrighted 1933. This piece now known as The Red Pony has four(4) titled parts: 1) The Gift 2) The Great Mountains 3) The Promise 4) The Leader of the People.

In "The Gift", the book's only 4 characters are introduced. Son, Jody, gets a red pony; and it dies.

In "The Great Mountains", life is sandwiched between opposite mountain ranges and Jody wonders about what's past them. The old worthless gypsy steals off into them with Carl's resource, an old worthless nag awaiting a bullet and its turn to be cashed in at the butcher's glue factory.

In "The Promise", Jody gets his dead red pony replaced with a fine black colt, but at what price? Once again, surrogate father, BillyBuck, flounders in Jody's eyes.

In "The Leader of the People", me becomes We. The process "westering" is hope. Jody forgoes killing fat mice with Mutt&Smasher, the ranchyard dogs, in deference to selfless service unto his ailing Grandfather. Jody to his mom, "Can I have a lemon to make a lemonade for Grandfather? ... No ma'am. I don't want one [a lemonade also; just one; for Grandfather only; to help him feel better.]"

The book only has 4 characters throughout. Jody Tiflin (son), Carl Tiflin(father), Mrs.Tiflin(mother), BillyBuck (ranchhand). Cameo characters are the aging Gitano; a neighbor rancher Jess Taylor, and a maternal side tiflin Grandfather.

Upon beginning this read, you might be fooled thinking its a bit weak on plot.
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The Red Pony is a famous book written by John Steinbeck. It contains four events in a ten-year-old boy¡¦s childhood. Jody is a child who lives on a farm with his parents and a horse expert, Billy Buck, who was hired by the family. One morning before Jody had to go to school; his father and Billy Buck brought him to a box stall in a barn, and was given the red pony. It would influence his life thereafter.
Steinbeck did a remarkable job catching the readers¡¦ attention. The Red Pony was written well with clear, lively, and expressive language. Throughout the book, detailed information and expressive descriptions of the environment helped me imagine the setting before my eyes while I was reading it. The vividly described actions of Jody towards the red pony made me feel that the red pony was the most significant thing in his life at the moment. Steinbeck did not need to use hard words to convey what he was trying to say; instead, the easier and more colloquial words portrayed his ideas perfectly.
Although the language of the story was used to make the readers thoroughly understand it, the title and the story itself didn¡¦t really match. The first chapter talked about the relationship between the red pony and Jody, and the third chapter was about Jody and the mare that was bearing a colt. The colt would later on become Jody¡¦s colt. However, the second and fourth chapter focused on a stranger that came to the family and Jody¡¦s grandfather¡¦s visit, which are unrelated to the title, The Red Pony. Therefore, the theme, the red pony, only relates to the promise of the new colt as the pony had died in the first chapter.
Although The Red Pony is short, it was written concisely and clearly. The author did an excellent job of showing a variety of feelings in each character without the need for them to express it themselves. Steinbeck¡¦s descriptions really draw the reader inside the story.
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