08/02/16

War Horse is a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo. It was first published in Great Britain by Kaye & Ward in 1982. The story recounts the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the Army for service in World War I France and the attempts of young Albert, his previous owner, to bring him safely home. It formed the basis of both an award winning play (2007) and an acclaimed film (2011). –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Horse_(novel)

Michael Morpurgo who had written the book got inspired to write this book from after meeting a World War I veteran, Wilfred Ellis, who drank in his local pub at Iddesleigh and who had been in the Devon Yeomanry working with horses. Morpurgo began to think of telling a story of the universal suffering of the Great War through an animal’s viewpoint, but was unsure that he could do it. He also met another villager, Captain Budgett, who had been in the cavalry in the Great War, and a third villager, Albert Weeks, who remembered the Army coming to the village to buy horses. He figured to give it a go seeing the War through a horses point of view seeing as they were in such great demand at the time and where magnificent animals.

From doing a little bit of research into the book/ film without ruining it for tomorrow I have a clear understanding on what happens, pretty much by the sounds of it a young boy takes great interest in a horse before the first world war, his father manages to buy the horse to get more of an income to help keep their farm. The young lad Albert then goes on to train the horse without any knowledge of how to do so. Unfortunately the Great War was a foot and the army needed horses, the father didn’t see much extra income from owning the horse and decides individually to sell it to the army, though Albert wasn’t old enough to join the army with the horse he was determined to join soon and be reconnected to his horse that he named Joey. The book tells a great story of two different viewpoints of the Great War with what it sounds like a hell of a load of heartbreaks and has a justifying ending to it.

I’m desperately in need to watch the film to get a visual image on how it should look though I do have to make it different and stand out.

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