The Red PonyBook - 1994
Written at a time of profound anxiety caused by the illness of his mother, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck draws on his memories of childhood in these stories about a boy who embodies both the rebellious spirit and the contradictory desire for acceptance of early adolescence. Unlike most coming-of-age stories, the cycle does not end with a hero “matured” by circumstances. As John Seelye writes in his introduction, reversing common interpretations, The Red Pony is imbued with a sense of loss. Jody’s encounters with birth and death express a common theme in Steinbeck’s fiction: They are parts of the ongoing process of life, “resolving” nothing. The Red Pony was central not only to Steinbeck’s emergence as a major American novelist but to the shaping of a distinctly mid twentieth-century genre, opening up a new range of possibilities about the fictional presence of a child’s world. This edition contains an introduction by John Seelye.
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Traces a boy's journey into manhood after his father gives him a pony to train and care for.
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The Red Pony is a rather short classic by John Steinbeck that is about a boy, Jody and his first horse, a red pony named Gabilan. But the story is so much more than that...it deals with loss, old men (someone who use to live where the house stands and the grandfather), his parents, how the boy grows up...a good turning of age story.
Jody is a young boy growing up with his parents and the hired hand on a ranch in California. While caring for horses, he learns about life and death, nature, and loss.
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