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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel #2020

Half Broke Horses A True Life Novel Jeannette Walls s memoir The Glass Castle was nothing short of spectacular Entertainment Weekly Now in Half Broke Horses she brings us the story of her grandmother told in a first person voice that

  • Title: Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
  • Author: Jeannette Walls
  • ISBN: 9780743597227
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel By Jeannette Walls, Jeannette Walls s memoir The Glass Castle was nothing short of spectacular Entertainment Weekly Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls s no nonsenJeannette Walls s memoir The Glass Castle was nothing short of spectacular Entertainment Weekly Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls s no nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job She learned to drive a car I loved cars even than I loved horses They didn t need to be fed if they weren t working, and they didn t leave big piles of manure all over the place and fly a plane And, with her husband Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy She bristled at prejudice of all kinds against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn t fit the mold Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham s West with the Night Destined to become a classic, it will transfix audiences everywhere.

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    1. I never knew a girl to have such gumption, Mom would say But I m not too sure that s a good thing Half Broke HorsesI loved this book It s a true life novel about Walls grandmother, Lily Casey, who had an amazing life She was born in 1901 in a dugout in Texas, and learned about ranching from her father At 15, she left home to be a teacher in a one room schoolhouse in Arizona She was also an accomplished horsewoman, she knew how to repair cars and she learned how to fly a plane Lily reminded me of [...]

    2. If you ve read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and wondered about Rosemary s lack of maternal instincts and caring, this book will help explain why she was the way she was Told in first person, with Jeanette s grandmother, Lily, as the central character, the novel is strewn with facts and stories handed down through family members to Jeannette Not as compelling as The Glass Castle, it is, nevertheless, a book well worth reading Lily is a most unforgettable character, and the time frame and [...]

    3. Jeannette Walls s original intent was to write a book about her mother Rose Mary s childhood on an Arizona ranch Rose Mary convinced her that it was grandmother Lily s life story that needed to be told Having read the book, I have to agree What a life Hard times and hard work in the early 1900s, trying to scratch out a life on ranches in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico Lily lived on Route 66 when it was still a dirt road Walls chose to call the book a novel because she got all the stories secondh [...]

    4. Onvan Half Broke Horses Nevisande Jeannette Walls ISBN 1416586288 ISBN13 9781416586289 Dar 272 Safhe Saal e Chap 2008

    5. One way to really get me pissed off is to tell me that the past was innocent and simple What you really mean when you say that is that your childhood was innocent and simple, which is probably also debatable, but at least seems fair from a nostalgic standpoint The farther we look back to our childhoods, the innocent life seems, and so things that happened before we were born must be the most innocent No Not true People have always been just about as fucked up as we are now I would say we ve nev [...]

    6. This is the second book I ve read from Jeannette Walls, and for the second time I ve really enjoyed her writing The voice in this story is different from The Glass Castle but equally as engaging, and once again it s all true It also inevitably makes you wonder for those who ve read the GC how this story ties into the lives of author s parents, and why things turned out the way they did.It s a great escape from the reality we live in now, with computers, text messaging, and the crazy speed at whi [...]

    7. This book is based on a real person, Liley Casey Smith She was a tough woman who learnt enough lessons in her life to make her survive in any which way possible Along the way she learns not to trust people, and with reason.Born in a dug out in Texas with a anti authoritarian father with a physical disability, but a very strong mind, and a mother who cared about lost social standing than physical hard work, Lily quickly learns to make up her own mind and let things happen Riding five hundred mil [...]

    8. Walls, Jeannette HALF BROKE HORSES 2009 I seem to have stumbled across a sixth grade reader masquerading as main stream fiction The inside jacket calls this book, Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults I d call it , Calamity Jane Her Life as Told by Herself It is, ostensibly, a partly fictionalized life of the author s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who grew up on a hard scrabble farm rance, learning to do what all the other ranch hands did and what her father couldn t do Her father was partially physi [...]

    9. This is the story of the author s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith It is called a True Life Novel because it is written from the stories that the author, Jeannette Walls, remembers her grandmother telling, rather than from personal papers.Lily comes across as a pretty amazing woman, who is also a survivor She makes her way through life in a pretty no nonsense kind of manner, always managing to find a way to make things work, whether it is The Great Depression, or tornadoes and floods.I read this en [...]

    10. I am in the midst of this read but I have to say as soon as I read the first page I was invested in what was to unfold It was a real grabber of a opening I finished this book and enjoyed every moment of reading It was so interesting It covered many changes in the main characters life and it represented how most people will deal with what comes their way, with grace and acceptance Very good book.

    11. A great story, just as in The Glass Castle How could a mother and daughter be any different To me, there were 2 sins of omission here one, I really wish Walls would have put a map at the beginning of the book of the west where Lily lived because I m not familiar with the distances and all the moves back and forth The other, since it is a work of fiction based on her grandmother s life vs a biography Walls could have extended the book by another 100 pages or so to really emphasize some of the rem [...]

    12. If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, Mom always said, just watch the sunrise And if you want to be reminded of the wrath of the Lord, Dad said, watch a tornado Thus starts an absorbing, humorous, remarkable true life novel based on bestselling memoirist Jeannette Walls s grandmother s life There are plenty of sunrise moments, as Lilly is as much a part of the landscape as she is a product of her parents pioneer life, and there are plenty of tornado moments the book starts with a b [...]

    13. I wish Jeannette Walls biography novel Half Broke Horses had been available prior to her own biography The Glass Castle Both of the stories are related and rivetting but Half Broke Horses provides the background for Jeannette s bizarre upbringing This account of her grand mother s life living on ranches in west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona is a wonderful tribute to a pioneer who isn t afraid of hard labor she s one spunky, admirable woman and a real survivor.

    14. I had to read this for school I would have never in my life finished this book if I didn t have to It was so boring and the author has the worst writing style ever Did she ever hear of the phrase don t tell but show because she told you everything and didn t show anything It was so boring.

    15. Walls latest novel skillfully blends her grandmother s rich history with the fascinating history of her day, taking us on a journey from the turn of the twentieth century to the post WWII era Readers get a thorough and compelling picture of what life was like for competent, hard working cattle ranchers in the American southwest during the Dust Bowl days Unflappable, grandmother Lily Casey Smith lived an adventurous life a young woman growing up on ranches in wide open spaces and at various times [...]

    16. It would be difficult not to like the writing style of Jeannette Walls Elegant and down to earth at the same time, she has the ability to strike a chord of familiarity in the reader She makes it easy to let yourself become a part of the story and to visualize the characters within their element Loved this story It s the simple things in life that can sometimes lead to extraordinary story telling Ms Walls gets a four on the GR scale because of her ability to tell a great tale And for that, Jeanne [...]

    17. I recently read the The Glass Castle and decided to pick up this memoir which is a prequel to it The author tells the story of her grandmother the rancher who was a gritty, resourceful, moxie filled character The era and lifestyle are so beautifully portrayed that you almost can sense the heat, dust, and animal smell I found the book particularly interesting because the author also chronicles her own mother as a child and young adult In fact, Half Broke Horses ends with Jeannette Wall s birth an [...]

    18. I liked this book a lot It has great, humorous lines The author call this a book of fiction because although it is about her grandmother Lily and the youth of her mother, the star of The Glass Castle, Jeannette was only eight when her grandmother died What we are told are the stories repeated by her family The dialogs are invented It is these lines that are so marvelous There is such humor in them and wisdom too I like Lilly Here is a woman who was never crushed by hard times She lived out West [...]

    19. You can t fence them in,Cause they were born to run and then,You think you ve got em where ya want emThen they leave you all alone Half Broke Horses,They never come back home Jaida Dreyer Setting Texas and Arizona 1901 1965Cover Thoughts These kids look thoroughly unimpressed with everything Even the cat looks unimpressed But I really feel that this picture by Dorothea Lange captures the hardscrabble, no nonsense feel of the book Plot I asked Dad if he believed that everything that happened was [...]

    20. Half Broke Horses is about an earlier America that has been mostly forgotten until works such as this kindly remind us There is a heart beat in this book that found its way into my reading chair and remained there until the last page The writing style is simple but artistic, with a well crafted storyline and a strong, dynamic primary character This book is also well written with many believable and colorful characters that I found enjoyable The story drew me along and took me away it took me int [...]

    21. We first meet Rose Mary Walls, the free spirited , artistic, and bohemian mother of author Jeanette Walls in her autobiography The Glass Castle This second book told in first person narrative by Lily Casey Smith, Rose Mary s mother, who herself was a darn gutsy horse ranching, airplane flying woman during the Great Depression gives you further insight into the families entertaining dynamics These books have resurfaced after the release of The Glass Castle film last year They are easy to read and [...]

    22. I feel exactly the same way my friend Anna did about this book I loved it at first but then it kind of went downhill from there I d say me and this book parted cordially, not really friendly like I just finished reading it and that s why I m using country bumpkinish language A note to Ms Walls it s not all that charming, is it This story follows Walls real life grandmother and her colorful life, living in a dugout out West, being scammed in Chicago, working her way back out West, marrying again, [...]

    23. I LOVE THIS BOOK Sooo close to rating it a smashing five 1 First off,IT S A TRUE STORY.And that makes it 100x better and interesting Not to mention fascinating.2 LILY IS AMAZING I feel like a feeble weakling with no courage whatsoever when I read about her Driving on horseback for over a month through the prairies and deserts to teach in a strange village for half a year AT THE AGE OF FIFTEEN Wo.ah Holding her sister in a poplar tree for the whole night so that she wouldn t drown in the flood a [...]

    24. A well told story about a gutsy, rock strong lady with a heart bigger and better than most folks out therea friend who recommended and loaned the novel to me remarked that she wished that Lily Casey really was a fictional character so that there could be a whole series based on herI agreed, but at the same time, I almost wish it was a story that was completely nonfiction, a pure biographyI want the true Lily Casey to be as strong and amazing, as solid and determined, as she was depicted in the n [...]

    25. This was an excellent book The writer draws you into the story from the very beginning when two young sisters are out in the field, and all the sudden they hear a flood coming and begin running for safety Sometimes I think that I should only stick to reading books that are as enjoying to read as this o

    26. Half Broke Horses is one of the most moving and nostalgic memoirs I ve ever read The author pulls readers into a gritty country life where times are tough but ultimately it s all worth it.

    27. Audiobook read by the author.In what she calls a true life novel, Walls turns her attention to her maternal grandmother Lily Casey Smith Not having the specifics of dialogue and thought, Walls felt it was not appropriate to call this nonfiction, yet it truly is her grandmother s story.Walls is a wonderful storyteller she really brings Lily and all the other characters to life And what a life Lily survived floods, a tornado, the Great Depression, financial losses, and the pain of personal tragedy [...]

    28. To be honest, five stars might be too generous, but I was so very impressed by this author s rise to a seemingly unsurmountable challenge, which was to create a worthy, readable, enjoyable book following the HUGE success of her first book.In her first book, The Glass Castle , Ms Walls gives us a glimpse into her tragic yet memorable family And while Half Broke Horses is a novel, it satisfies the voyeuristic curiosity by retelling us tales about her maternal grandmother which seems to definitely [...]

    29. This book is exactly what it promised to be a fictionalized memoir, based on the author s oral family history It follows the author s grandmother s life story, which was a somewhat adventurous one The story, like all good family histories, has the unmistakable elements of the tall tale or as my own dad puts it, telling lies where the truth has been either stretched or embroidered to fill in the gaps or make boring stuff interesting, or to interpret events as Fate God s Will The problem for me w [...]

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