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A Horse's Tale

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

Soldier Boy is the top steed at Fort Paxton. He is Buffalo Bill’s favorite horse and has led a life of glory and honor. One day General Alison’s orphaned niece arrives and proceeds to charm every man, woman, and beast for miles around including Soldier Boy. Buffalo Bill takes her under his wing and ultimately “lends” her Soldier Boy so that they may seek adventure together. And so they do.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .t and intense like a fire-coal and a valance of eagle feathers from the top of his head all down his back, and he had his tomahawk, too, and his pipe, which has a stem which is longer than my arm, and I never had such a good time in an Indian camp in my life, and I learned a lot of words of the language, and next day BB took me to the camp out on the Plains, four miles, and I had another good time and got acquainted with some more Indians and dogs; and the big chief, by the name of White Cloud, gave me a pretty little bow and arrows and I gave him my red sash-ribbon, and in four days I could shoot very well with it and beat any white boy of my size at the post; and I have been to those camps plenty of times since; and I have learned to ride, too, BB taught me, and every day he practises me and praises me, and every time I do better than ever he lets me have a scamper on Soldier Boy, and that’s the last agony of pleasure! for he is the charmingest horse, and so beau. . . Read More

Community Reviews

catherine is just like me

This starts of with an unusual perspective on his rider and life in general - it's a book written in the some places from the horse's point of view, with a wide range of comments from the horse, both funny and historical. And Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer) is as entertaining as ever on

We were perfectly charmed in the beginning, loving Twain's wit and humor, but it felt like a bait and switch at the end. A horse story became a girl story, which became a treatise on the cruelties of bullfighting. We thought we were getting a story about it Buffalo Bill! And it was NOT a happy endin

I do normally enjoy the writing of Mark Twain and find it a welcome change from my usual psychological thrillers that I tend to read. But on this occasion I was disappointed, I had previously enjoyed 'The Dog's tale' and was hoping for something very similar but from a horses perspective but I found

I usually find Mark Twain both funny and to the point, but this tale wanders and is a bit confusing when it jumps around between the viewpoints of different horses and of people. There is a description of a bull fight towards the end that made my stomach clench in horror. Twain is so subtle that it

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