Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Wildest Horse Race in the World by Marguerite Henry

I am an avid reader of any book or novel that pertains to Italy. I stumbled upon this book accidentally. It was a discard from a school library and because it pertained to medieval Italy, and therefore research for future novels of mine, I immediately purchased the book.

This is a classic tale about a young boy and a horse who enter the famous Italian Palio. The author, Marguerite Henry did an exceptional job at researching this novel by attending the Palio and Siena herself to study the sport. She brings to life the pain, the excitement, and the passion for this sport.

Throughout the sometimes heart-wrenching tale of endurance, Henry reveals the ancient practice in vivid detail. It is a story of overcoming the unsurmountable, of perseverence, of achieving the impossible.

The book was first published in 1976 and can still be found on-line at various bookstores. It is beautifully illustrated to bring alive the details and scenery of the ancient city of Siena.

So, if you are a collector of Italian books, then this is a must have for your bookshelf and children.

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