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Alcatraz

Max Brand

Book Overview: 

This is a story of a wild horse who many said could not be caught or broken, and the man who set out to prove them wrong.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But today he's gone wrong. His eye has been took by the legs of them Coles hosses and he's gone crazy betting on 'em. Well, he gets plenty of takers!"

Indeed, Colonel Dickinson was stopped right and left to record wagers.

"I got down a little bet myself, this morning, agin his Lady Mary."
Corson chuckled at the thought of such easy money.

"What makes you so sure?" asked Marianne, for even if she were lucky enough to get the mares she felt that from Corson she could learn beforehand the criticisms of Lew Hervey.

"So sure? Why anybody with half an eye—" here he remembered that he was talking to a lady and continued more mildly. "Them bay mares ain't hosses—they're tricks. Look how skinny all that underpinning is, Miss Jordan."

"When they fill out—" she began.

"Tush! They won't never fill out proper. Too much leg to m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wonderful...he captures the spirit of horse and man both....the ideal spirit that these days is so rarely in evidence.

This book had ups and downs. It was very hard to get into at first, that my have been due to my lack of knowledge on horses and the old west. This book however deals with the trust of men and their animals really. As this horse Alcatraz is a horse who had been bread to race escapes his masters ho...more

Very good story. It keeps your interest throughout the book. An animal lover's book. Actually listen to it as an audible book.

I enjoyed this book very much. A good romantic western.

If you like Westerns, you'll like Max Brand. Alcatraz is a wild horse and Brand alternates the narrative between the people struggling to hold onto a ranch and the horse as he breaks from a cruel master and learns to survive on the plains. I plan to read more of his many novels, and I'm not a big...more

this is about a horse - not the prison. but I read it an enjoyed it

It's been a long time since I've read a horse story that was so good. He understands horses & portrays them as individuals shaped by breed and the environment in which they were raised. His descriptions makes one feel like they are seeing & experiencing the horses first hand. Plus, he dev...more