Boekverslag: Horse Whisperer, The
The story is about Grace Maclean, a girl who loves horse riding. She lives with her parents in Chatham. When she goes out for a ride with her friend Judith on their horses, they get involved by a terrible accident. They run into a truck with their horses. Judith and Gulliver, her horse die. Grace loses her leg and Pilgrim; her horse is physically and mentally in a bad shape. It's a miracle, but they both got through.
After a time of revalidation, Grace's mother Annie Maclean is looking for something that can cure the horse of her daughter, cause it seems like Pilgrim is another horse. Grace goes back to school, but she's very unhappy and she can't accept her handicap. Annie finds an article in the library that tells her something about 'horse whisperers' and it tells her that these persons can talk to animals and help them with their fears. Annie contacts a man called Tom Booker, who's a horse whisperer. Tom Booker lives at a ranch in Montana. Annie asks him to come over to look to Pilgrim and to see what he can do. When Tom goes to Pilgrim and is sees in what bad shape he is, he goes away angry. Then Annie got the feeling that the only way for her daughter and the whole family to heal is that Pilgrim must get better. So she decides to travel with Grace and Pilgrim (without Robert, Grace's father) across two states to go to Montana and see Tom Booker.
Annie and Grace stayed in a village near the range of the family Booker. Tom Booker finally agreed to help Pilgrim and he is working with Pilgrim to teach him to be a horse again. Grace has to be present with all these sessions. In all that time on the range something happening between Tom and Annie. Also the relationship between Annie and Grace is getting better than.
Grace goes back to New York with Robert for a new prosthesis, because it was damaged. At the same time the Booker family (except for Tom) has planned a trip to Disney Land. During that week Annie and Tom had an affair. When everyone got back they gave a party. At that party Grace found out that there was more between Tom and her mother. The morning after that Grace was so angry that she took out Pilgrim and went for a ride with him. When Annie woke up, she got worried. They found out that Pilgrim was missing and Tom and Frank(Toms' brother) went after her. Finally they found her surrounded by wild horses. The leader of the wild horses wanted to fight Pilgrim. Tom walked towards them and got Pilgrim and Grace away of the horse. But instead of leaving Tom stands still. Then he moved towards the stallion and the stallion staggered and the hooves of the animal landed on the head of Tom. He was dead. To Grace it seemed like he wanted to die.
The story goes on a year later. Annie and Robert got divorced and Annie has a son that looks pretty the same as Tom Booker...
Novel, a drama story
Five possible titles
1 Grace and Pilgrim, forever together friends
The story is about a girl named Grace and her horse Pilgrim so that what is all about.
These two were before the accident very close and about a year after the accident
they treat each other the same as before the accident.
2 The accident
The accident that happened at the begin of the story, turned the lives of many people upside-down and the accident was very terrible.
3 A romance that could not last forever
In the story a romance start, but those people can not have a relation because one
of them is married. The man died in a fight with a wild horse, and the women got
divorced. But they?re a still not together.
The story begins with dead and ends with dead. At the beginning a friend of Grace died and at the end Tom, the horse whisperer, died. Both deaths are important for the story.
5 The lifesaver
Tom, the horse whisperer, saved the live of Grace?s horse and made her live a little better. She still has to live with one good leg. But she can be happy again.
Interview with Grace Maclean
Do you remember the things that happend with the accident?
Yes, I remembered that I saw the truck coming ahead of us. I tried to get Judith of the road, but Gulliver, her horse, was in great panic. At the first I thought that I could help her and I did not do it. So I blamed myself, that Judith is ded. I thought that it was my fault that the accident happend.
Do you think about Judith a lot?
Yes, I think about her every day, that is because I called the foal I got from Joe Gulli. That was also the name of Judiths horse. Often I think about the things we did together, most about horseriding.
Why did you said to everybody that you would not ride a horse anymore?
At the first I was scared that something like the first accident would happen. Later I thought it was to hard to ride a horse again. My leg would bother me then. I thougt that it was very difficult to ride horse with my bad leg.
How was it to have an amputeted leg?
First I wished I were ded, instead of be alive. But later I learned to live with my prothese, there were many people to help me. The most things I did on my one or with Joe. Joe helped my with ryding a horse again, I am gled that he did that for me, because I now can ride on Pilgrim and Gulli.
Title: The horse whisperer
Writer: Nicolas Evans
Publisher: Corgi edition
Year of publishing: 1998
Nicolas Evans is zijn autoniem. Hij werd geboren in 1950 in Bromsgrove. Hij heeft naast zijn schooltijd in Bromsgrove, gestudeert aan de Oxford Universiteit en in het VSO gezeten in Africa. Daarna is hij begonnen als jounalist. Hij woont nu met zijn vrouw en twee kinderen in Londen. Hij is getrouwd met singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming. Hij heeft al drie boeken geschreven: “De paardenfluisteraar”, “De wolvenlus” en “De rookspringers”. Deze zijn alle drie bekend als zéér goede romans.
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