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The author of the book: Marguerite Henry
Language: English
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Edition: Aladdin
Date of issue: December 18th 2012

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If I were to consider Marguerite Henry's Black Gold simply as a story in and of itself, I would probably be rating it with a lower than average three star rating (actually more two and a half stars). It is generally well enough written and engagingly recounted, but with a tragic (and for me likely preventable) ending that TOTALLY infuriates and frustrates me, for it is more than obvious that Black Gold should NOT have been raced or even trained again as a Thoroughbred (ever) once he developed his serious hoof problems (and with this statement I mean to imply that Black Gold might have been alright, might have been safe for less strenuous flatwork like dressage or easy going jogs on soft ground, but that racing was much too hard and straining on his already damaged hoof).

However, even while the author, while Marguerite Henry does indeed at times portray Black Gold's trainer Hanley Webb rather critically, there simply is not enough of this to in ANY way satisfy me. No matter how much Hanley Webb claims to have loved and appreciated his horse, it absolutely and for me stridently appears that he from the very onset both overtrained and over-raced Black Gold, and to then have him come out of retirement to race again (no matter for what perceived reason), considering that he still suffered from quarter crack (a serious split in the hoof that can not only cause extreme lameness but lead to more serious problems) was simply and utterly wrong, and in my humble opinion, also seriously neglectful if not at least somewhat cruelly abusive. And then having the novel end with Hanley Webb, while blaming himself for what happened, still insisting that he ran Black Gold in good faith, to me and for me, that basically signifies that he did not and still does not really consider his horse's recurring lameness as having been all that significant and is unable (or maybe unwilling) to fathom that he had willfully and wrongly ignored Black Gold's serious hoof and leg issues, and refused to listen to Jaydee (the jockey) until it was too late (and yes, this does leave a rather nasty taste in my mouth, and tears of both sadness and anger in my eyes, especially because Marguerite Henry's own narrative and textual voice also seems to be both supportive and comisserative towards Hanley Webb, which he in my opinion certainly did not and does not really in any way deserve).

I guess what finally convinced me to award only one star to Black Gold is twofold. Considering that Black Gold (while indeed considered legendary by many) was in my humble opinion basically trained to death and raced to death, I (on a very personal level) really have to wonder and in all ways question why Marguerite Henry chose to even write about him (and then to write about Black Gold in such a way that was at least for me in no way critical enough of the entire concept of Thoroughbred racing, and the reality that Thoroughbreds are often trained and raced too young and too intensely, that so very many end up broken down or worse). Secondly, and for me, even more importantly, I absolutely and massively chafe at all the glowing epitaphs that somehow portray the fact Black Gold did manage to complete his final race with a broken leg as somehow heroic and courageous (sorry, there is NOTHING remotely heroic or courageous about a severely, fatally injured horse continuing to run its race, simply because that is what these horses have been trained to do). Black Gold is just too devastating and too uncritical a tale, and as someone who has always been rather against standard Thoroughbred racing as a sport out of principle, I simply cannot and will not ever recommend it.

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Ebook Black Gold (Marguerite Henry Horseshoe Library) read Online! Marguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books.

"It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower ... even in the new age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge." This quote was from an article about Henry published in the Washington Post on November 28, 1997, in response to a query about her drive to write about horses.

Marguerite Henry inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses. Author of over fifty children's stories, including the Misty of Chincoteague series, Henry's love of animals started during her childhood. Unfortunately, Henry was stricken with a rheumatic fever at the age of six, which kept her bedridden until the age of twelve. Born to Louis and Anna Breithaupt, the youngest of the five children, Henry was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Because of her illness, Henry wasn't allowed to go to school with other children because of her weak state and the fear of spreading the illness to others. While she was confined indoors, she discovered the joy of reading. Soon afterwards, she also discovered a love for writing when her father, a publisher, presented her with a writing desk for Christmas. On the top of stacks of colored paper her father wrote, “Dear Last of the Mohicans: Not a penny for your thoughts, but a tablet. Merry Christmas! Pappa Louis XXXX.”

Henry's first published work came at the age of eleven, a short story about a collie and a group of children, which she sold to a magazine for $12. Henry always wrote about animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and even mules, but chiefly her stories focused on horses.

In 1923, she married Sidney Crocker Henry. During their sixty-four years of marriage they didn't have children, but instead had many pets that inspired some of Marguerite’s stories. They lived in Wayne, Illinois.

In 1947, she published Misty of Chincoteague and it was an instant success. Later, this book—as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon—were made into movies.

She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997 at the age of 95.


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