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Book Title: The Island Stallion Races|
The size of the: 667 KB
Date of issue: March 12th 1980
ISBN 13: 9780394843759
The author of the book: Walter Farley
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This horse story is Walter Farley's gentle foray into science fiction. They were all doing it, even Biggles flew over a strange magnetic Tibetan mountain (Biggles Hits The Trail) and Farley may have felt his books had become typecast. Or maybe he was having a bit of fun with a book which no editor would have taken from a first-time author.
Steve Duncan has discovered an island with horses left by the Conquistadores in The Island Stallion, one of Farley's best works.
Returning for a visit he finds two strange men where only his professor friend Pitch (Phil Pitcher) should have been. Pitch can't explain how they arrived but they seem pleasant enough and they want to study the horses too. Steve really wants to race his fiery chestnut stallion Flame but of course he can't reveal the existence of his lost world, Flame doesn't have racehorse papers and Steve doesn't have money for transport or entries. But apart from that, no problems. Steve just wants to have his stallion admired and to prove that Flame is a champion. He doesn't really realise that it would be a bad idea to take Flame out of his environment when the island interior is all he has ever known.
The two little men, who change into birds when nobody is looking to travel further, offer to solve Steve's problems since he has been so helpful. By now Steve realises that these are not ordinary people and before he can really take it in, they transport him and Flame to the nearest racecourse and give him the opportunity to make good his boast.
Given the certainty that Flame would pick up equine diseases to which he and his herd had no immunity, not mentioned, the easy acceptance of the aliens and lack of the word abduction, the shift of mass from small bird to man-size, we do get the impression that Farley was writing for a younger reader than in his earlier books.
The island stallion really gets into his stride on a racecourse in The Black Stallion's Challenge which is also a much better book, but this is gently entertaining and will suit young horse lovers.
Read information about the authorWalter Farley's love for horses began when he was a small boy living in Syracuse, New York, and continued as he grew up in New York City, where his family moved. Young Walter never owned a horse. But unlike most city children, he had little trouble gaining firsthand experience with horses-his uncle was a professional horseman, and Walter spent much of his time at the stables with him.
"He wasn't the most successful trainer of race horses," Mr. Farley recalled, "and in a way I profited by it. He switched from runners to jumpers to show horses to trotters and pacers, then back to runners again. Consequently, I received a good background in different kinds of horse training and the people associated with each."
Walter Farley began to write his first book, THE BLACK STALLION, while he was a student at Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, and
finished it while he was an undergraduate at Columbia University. It was published by Random House when he was 26. He used his first advance to go traveling and after that hardly stopped longer than it took him to write another book. He traveled and lived in Mexico, Hawaii, the South Seas, most of the South American countries, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe.
The appearance of THE BLACK STALLION in 1941 was hailed by enthusiastic boys and girls all over the country. An avalanche of mail urged Mr. Farley to write more about Alec Ramsey and the Black. But World War II intervened. Mr. Farley went into the US Army, where he spent the next five years. Most of the time he was assigned to Yank, the army weekly magazine, and he was also trained in the Fourth Armored Division.
After the war Walter Farley resumed the adventures of Alec and the Black with THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS. This was followed by SON OF THE BLACK STALLION. Then Mr. Farley tried his hand at a story about a new boy, Steve Duncan, and a new horse, Flame, in THE ISLAND STALLION. Mr. Farley's readers were just as delighted with this book as his others.
Mr. Farley went on to write many more stories about the two stallions, and about other horses as well. Children of all ages have found Farley titles to enjoy, since many of the later stories were written for Mr. Farley's own children when they were too young to read his Stallion novels. And older readers and adults have been gripped by his fictionalized biography of America's greatest Thoroughbred, Man O'War. Walter Farley's titles reached a grand total of 34. The 21 Black Stallion and Island Stallion stories are still in print and selling steadily. His readers respond with passion, writing him thousands of letters and emails every year. In May 1949, the first Black Stallion Club was founded, in Kentucky. Mr. Farley designed a membership button for it; the button was in constant demand among his readers for years. The Black Stallion books were so popular in the late 1940s and '50s that they York Times annual list of best-selling children's books. Three nationwide Black Stallion contests were held. Walter Farley's books have been published abroad in more than 20 countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Israel, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaya, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as in the United States and Canada.
All his life Walter Farley remained a keen spectator of the racing scene, and he enjoyed nothing more than hobnobbing with horse trainers and other professional horsemen. It is thanks to these people that his books are so full of authentic details of raising and training horses. When not busy working or traveling, Mr. Farley liked to ride dressage and high school Lippizaner horses. He also sailed and sometimes raced his 35-foot auxiliary sloop "Circe."
Mr. Farley and his wife Rosemary, had four children: Pam, Alice, Steve, and Tim, whom they raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and in a beach house in Florida. In addit
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