Book Review by Maria Chin

The Horse Whisperer


Last month, I had the opportunity to read an amazing book that definitely became one of my favorite. The title is: ” The Horse Whisperer ” written by Nicholas Evans.

Nicholas Evans is an English novelist. The Horse Whisperer became one of his best works ever.

Everything begins in New York City. It’s morning. Grace, daughter of Annie, a magazine editor, and Robert, a lawyer, decides to go on a morning walk with her best friend Judith on their horses: Pilligrim and Guliver. As they walk on a snowy road, in the forest, they decide to take a shortcut along the slope. In an effort to climb up the slope, because of the snow and ice, both horses fall. Grace manages to stay on Pilligrim, but Judith and Gulliver fall and die. Because of the many injures that Grace and Pilligrim got, both are traumatized. Grace loses her best friend and has her right leg amputated, Pilligrim loses his confidence in people and becomes totally unmanageable and crazy.

After the accident, the situation in Grace’s family becomes very difficult. Grace is no longer the same girl and, Annie and Robert continue to fight with each other because of their different ways and opinions in dealing with the situation. In the meantime, Annie must make a difficult decision, to put down or not, Pilligrim. Not considering what the vet suggested to do with him, Annie thinks that it’s not right and decides to keep him alive. She immediately starts to look for someone who could help her to deal with Pilligrim’s problems.

She discovers that there is a man who lives in Montana, called Tom Booker, called by many people: ” The Horse Whisperer”. Full of courage and determination, Annie decides to bring Pilligrim and Grace, who is not convinced about the idea, to Montana. Annie takes over a long and difficult journey, and finally arrives in Montana. Where, Tom takes a look at the horse and agrees to work with him, asking only for their collaboration while he is working with the horse.

During their stay, Grace starts to change and her relationship with Annie becomes better, while Annie falls in love with Tom. They start a hidden romance. After a lot of work, Tom decides that Pilligrim is ready to be ridden by Grace. He asks Grace to believe in him and saddle up, but Grace refuses because, she is still afraid of Pilligrim. At this point, Tom uses a forceful method and puts the horse down on the ground so that Grace can sit on him. At the second attempt Grace saddles up and finally rides him. Before Grace’s and Annie’s leave, a goodbye party is organized. At the party Grace discovers about Tom’s and her mother’s romance. Disappointed and angry, Grace takes Pilligrim and runs away. She and Pilligrim run into a wild mustang that starts to attack them. Tom, that chased her, sees Pilligrim trying to protect her. To save them, Tom sacrifices his life, by trying to stop the mustang.

After the accident, Annie, Grace in Pilligrim return back home. Annie tries to build a new relationship ship with her husband Robert and discovers that she is pregnant, her child is Tom’s child.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I think that this book is one of the best I’ve ever read. When you read it you are into the story, you understand everyone’s feelings and everything is described in an excellent way.

The story is very interesting, it doesn’t just focuse on a ” horsey ” story, but it tells about people’s feelings, problems and desires. Before reading this book, I watched the film, which I would say is also excellent. There are a lot emotional scenes that make you think. It’s quite similar to the book, but the ending is a little bit different. In the film, Grace doesn’t discover about the relationship of her mother and

Tom, and Annie decides to sacrifice her love for the sake of her daughter’s happiness.


© Maria Chin



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