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  1. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    A story about a pretty pretty precious pony? Hurray This is going to be giggly joyous laughy good pony timesWhat? It's written by John Steinbeck? Fuck Sorry pony you or everyone you love is going to die Yes these are tales of living on a ranch in the early days well early ish of California but underneath they are of the same Steinbeck the vignettes of the hardscrabble life of immigrant farmers Specifically it's second and third generation immigrants such as seen in Tortilla Flat The people are established This is their land It feels as if it's always been theirs but there were others before themghosts now The Red Pony follows a boy who is coming of age and given the responsibility of raising his own horse Steinbeck captures well the emotions and perspective of a child feeling his way in a world that is changing for him new understandings that jab at young folks daily like minor revelations Will he cope?Thought I'd give this a read what with my interest in animals being piued by Goodreads' recent ads for All Creatures Great and Small The Red Pony reads like a collection of related short stories It definitely doesn't feel like a complete novel with a plot climax and satisfying finish There's just theme like viewing a photo album That can be enjoyable too after all every picture tells a story don't it?

  2. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    This book was featured on Shabby Sunday can still remember reading this book for the first time when I was in junior high school and I didn't like it From the look of the cover and title you'd think you'd be reading a happy little novella about a boy and his horse but it's so much than that The Red Pony is a collection of four short stories about a 10 year old boy named Jody and his life on a ranch with his family As time moves forward and he matures Jody is exposed to multiple events and learns many lessons on what it means to be a man Much of what he learns comes from his father and the farm hand named Billy He looks up to them both Jody did not ask where his father and Billy Buck were riding that day but he wished he might go along His father was a disciplinarian Jody obeyed him in everything without uestions of any kind I don't want to summarize the four stories and spoil them for those that haven't read this but I will say I had a good mix of emotions when reading it for the second time I was sad and angry multiple times and didn't care for a few of the characters but there was happiness here too especially when Jody gains some responsibility and gets excited about upcoming future events like visiting with his grandfather or caring for his pony by himself for the first time Jody was glad when they had gone He took brush and currycomb from the wall took down the barrier of the box stall and stepped cautiously in One thing I didn't like was how I didn't really see Jody's character change over time With the death he's experienced he certainly doesn't seem to be effected by it much and maybe that's because as a boy he wasn't allowed to share his feelings vocally His actions portray anger but not a whole lot of sympathy for the animals themselves as he still continues to irritate them by throwing rocks etc He seems to forget about how sad he was to lose a friend to death and doesn't make the connectionThere are many themes in this book including coming of age tragedy death and disappointment to mention a few but also one I didn't truly pick up on the first time I read it It appears that the modern men in the story don't feel that they measure up to older men from the past This is something I experienced myself even as a female when I moved out to the country Being raised in the city meant that I didn't have the experience the country folk had as far as raising your own food and in turn putting the animals to death A lady I met within the first year of living in the country told me that my generation weren't survivors and I had to stand corrected as I realized there was no way I was going to cut a chicken's head off with my hand like she did so effortlessly in fact I wasn't ever going to do it There were multiple times in the book that I cringed because of the details that were given and it reminded me of this very moment in my life but this is farm life whether you're exposed or not and that's just part of itOverall this is a powerful little novel and worth a try You might end up hating it or you might be sucked into the writing like I was because it's so descriptive and realistic  I wound up devouring this in one sitting when reading it for the second timeMy copy is from 1992 not very old but still vintage It's in good condition for the most part with mainly cover wearMy rating is 4

  3. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Sometime in the early 1930's on an isolated small ranch in northern California's long rugged Salinas Valley a boy of ten mischievous Jody Tiflin lives with his parents stern father Carl and the eually tough but loving mother Ruth they are poor like everyone else in the area yet manage to eke out a living their only hired hand the very capable Billy Buck an expert in taking care of horsesTwo dogs four cats six horses and the same amount of cows many pigs and chickens various wild critters that roam the land coyotes rabbits gophers plenty of birds and numerous rodents etcetera a typical place in that era The lonely boy walks a mile to school every day nothing changes in the harsh dull territory until after his father and Billy Buck return from a trip to the city of Salinas to sell cows bringing a gift to Jody a beautiful amazing red pony his own horse the ecstatic child promises to take good care of the animal with the help and knowledge of Billy Buck He trains the colt shows him to his envious friends now named Gabilan after the mysterious local mountains that Jody always wants to explore asking uestions to everybody around what's over there they don't know his imagination runs wild under the wise supervision of MrBuck the kid can't wait until he can put the red saddle that came with the horse on the animal disappointed it will be two lengthy years until that is possible still the pony he is constantly thinking about is kept clean and well fed a new respect his father shows him the proud lad is happy but the future is unclearA stranger arrives a very old man named Gitano who's family had owned a vast ranch here until it was broken up into little pieces in fact born nearby in a mud house that has fallen down he wants to stay and never leave besides as a youth he had once been to the mountains which fascinates Jody too ancient to work and in the great depression money is hard to make still insists he won't take no for an answer In this episodic novella MrsTiflin's father returns for a visit MrTiflin is not happy but has no choice since all he does is tell old stories how he led a wagon train across the plains to California during the old wild west days and the Indians stealing their horses after many such recitals they become very boring and nobody listens other than JodyA slice of Americana that has long been gone the ghosts still haunt the valley these pioneers can never be totally forgotten since they made California what it is today whatever that is

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Red Pony John SteinbeckThe Red Pony is an episodic novella written by American writer John Steinbeck in 1933 The stories in the book are tales of a boy named Jody Tiflin The book has four different stories about Jody and his life on his father's California ranch Other main characters include Carl Tiflin – Jody's father; Billy Buck – an expert in horses and a working hand on the ranch; Mrs Tiflin – Jody's mother; Jody's grandfather – Mrs Tiflin's father who has a history of crossing the Oregon Trail and enjoys telling stories about his experiences; and Gitano – an old man who wishes to die at the Tiflin ranch تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1975 میلادیعنوان اسب سرخ؛ اثر جان اشتاین بک؛ مترجم مهدی افشار؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، اکباتان، 1353، در 144ص، چاپ دوم 1362، موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی سده 20مجودی پسرک آرام و کمرویی ست، که در یک مزرعه زندگی میکندروزی پدرش اسب سرخی را به همراه میآورد، تا مال جودی باشدجودی از اسب مراقبت میکند، و بسیار به اسب دلبسته میشودکتاب شرح مراقبتها و احساسهای جودی به اسب سرخ استهرچند در ادامه ی داستان اسب سرخ میمیرد و قرار است «نلی» اسب ماده ی مزرعه، باردار، و کره اش به جودی برسد ؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Lisa Lisa says:

    You can't protect children from pain That is a painful realisation in itself for most parents of my generation We tend to feel the need to shield our beloved sons and daughters from the disturbing aspects of life and death as long as possible and that includes thinking carefully about the reading materials we give them or put on the curriculum in school This became very evident to me the other day when I held The Red Pony in my hand pondering on the harshness of the message the sadness of the main character's situation and the possibility of a student becoming very upset by the brilliant short novel Should I recommend it or not? Could the student take in the STORY of love and death even remotely as well as Steinbeck's character has to learn to cope in his reality?We tend to find it easier to confront our children with pain if it is eased in the end offering a positive outlook on better times ahead Steinbeck does not do those kinds of fairytale delusions He does reality with empathy And it takes a lot of maturity to deal with reality with empathy so are our young ready for that? There is this catch 22 we always discuss when students are looking for their first jobs work experience is inevitably asked for but how are you to gain work experience without having a few first jobs to learn in? The same goes for reading painful literature I believe we have to start to develop that very special reader's empathy at some point and the first sad stories of life and death and injustice described with heart will be the worstI recommended it And I am ready for potential parent complaints For that's the era I live in the diametrical opposite of Jody's environment

  6. Swaroop Kanti Swaroop Kanti says:

    The Red Pony is a well written and beautifully descriptive book about a young boy Jody and his life while being raised on a ranch in northern California The stories in this classic literature covers the lessons Jody learns about life death ways of nature and particularly the ways of manJohn Steinbeck describes the life on the ranch so well and vividly These stories appear simple at the start but as we go further we realize that they are deep and highly meaningful

  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    My 7yo daughter hung in there for Ch 1 but with the unexpected sad ending she didn't wish to continue I went on to finish the last 3 chapters which were nearly as depressing as the first one It is beautifully written as Steinbeck usually is but also incredibly devoid of hope The message seems to be outside of your family don't get attached to anything because it will betray you or die I felt the father character Carl Tiflin was particularly heartless and Billy Buck the hired hand a bit disappointing in that despite his supposed knowledge or horses and weather he blows it nearly every time with Jody It was unfortunate that the book stops so suddenly as well I was left wanting to see Jody grow up a bit Those fried eggs and hot cakes by Mrs Tiflin do sound yummy and it was interesting to see a slice of life from pre war times out west

  8. Michael Michael says:

    Next time you decide to make a printing of The Red Pony feel free to borrow one of these free blurbs Do you like people hanging around on a farm? Do you like horses and animals and stuff? Then you'll think this book is okay It has horses and grass and farms and stuff and is an easy readOrJohn Steinbeck is a writer of amazing stature in American literature He stands head and shoulders above just about anyone wiping his feet on Faulkner flicking Mark Twain out of his way like a little bug He defacates on Edith Wharton's pillow eats Henry Miller for breakfast and he doesn't even know who Guy N Smith is He wrote this bookOrThe epic saga of two families in the Salinas valley and considered by Steinbeck himself to be his magnum opus this is a novel that has changed literature and made Steinbeck an iconic figure Oh wait The Red Pony? I thought we were talking about East of Eden I don't remember a goddamn thing about The Red PonyOr SPOILERS IN THIS ONESPOILERS IN THIS ONESPOILERS IN THIS ONEYou call THIS The Red Pony? You got a lot of nerve That's like changing the name of Star Wars A New Hope to Greedo It's like calling The Land Before Time something like Little Foot's Mom It's like putting a picture of Drew Barry on the cover of the movie Scream It doesn't make any fucking sense What were you thinking John?

  9. Duane Duane says:

    I don't think I could read a Steinbeck novel by the fire with a glass of wine No like on the back porch wearing old jeans and a work shirt because you feel like you may get your jeans dirty and your boots dusty and maybe even a little blood on your shirt That's the power of his writing his characters and settings; he will draw you in even if you don't want to be Not much fun inside a Steinbeck novel at least the ones I've read That kind of power is on display here in The Red Pony When the pony bites young Jody's hand you wince with his pain And that's how it is with this very visual novel This novel is broken down into three somewhat different stories and the red pony only appears in the first which I thought a bit odd The other sections dwell on different topics The novel doesn't build to a climatic ending it descends into nostalgic introspection I give it 35 stars

  10. Jessaka Jessaka says:

    Not As I Remembered It 66 Years AgoI read this as a child and I cried It may have been the first real novel that I had ever read as I was actually6 into reading comic books at that ageMy brother was reading The Grapes of Wrath at that same time and was asking our mother if it were true about the dust bowl and depression and what the people went through It was she saidMy father had given my older brother a collection of John Steinbeck books so the reason we chose him to read I grew to love Steinbeck but I am not so sure about this book now It was just too sad for me as a child of ten or soI remember as a child I would lose all my dogs to death and the baby lamb that my step dad brought home I sat there with the lamb in my lap as it was dying and I asked God Why? I got no answer A few years later I began to feel that every animal I ever loved died And well they still do This book was not what I remember4ed but I really had no idea what I remembered as it was too long ago I also didn’t remember that this book was four stories It was about Jody’s growing up years I was glad for this as I liked two of the other stories better Only they were all too short I was also glad that I did not cry this timeI really loved the story about the old pisano Gitano who showed up on the ranch saying that he was born there and desired to die there Jody asked him uestions about the mountains to the west of the farm that was situated near Salina CA Jody only knew that they lead to the ocean Gitano had only adventured there once but only remembered that it was uiet Jody wanted to hike the mountains and that is what I would have done since I spent my youth hiking the hills in our small town of Paso Robles CA and going to the river with my dogs whichever one I had at the time Jody didn’t venture out and I wonder if that was because he had a strict father a father I was glad to not have had Yet my own father was mean but my mom divorced when I was 8 I had free range of the town the hills and the river after thatThen Jody’s grandfather came to visit and I would have loved that story to go on as well as the one about the pisano It was not to be As soon as his grandfather arrived problems broke out in the family well only with Jody’s dad and it was not going to be a nice visit except that Jody wanted to learn from him He wanted to know about his trip out to California by wagon train as he had been the wagaon train master All in all it seemed like everything was dying around Jody mostly by his own hands such as horn toads snakes mice etc It left me with a feeling that I didn’t wish to hear any Kids can be so cruel at times and it made me to remember how my boyfriend first husband and I put a mouse in a flashlight but when we took it out he was almost dead I think he survived I hate memories like that or when we shot frogs at the river with a b b gun How cruel I wonder what my mom would have said if she had known I know if I had had kids I would hope that I would have taught them to not harm animalsI would not have liked farm life unless we were just raising food crops And it seems like the older I get the less I like harming anything unless it is poisonous snake or spider or anything that is about to harm me But real life isn’t so easy on a person and it certainly wasn’t easy on JodyNotes I loved this when I was young so I am keeping the 4 or 5 stars I would only give it three stars todayRerRead June 26 2019

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The Red Pony ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Red Pony By John Steinbeck ✓ – Raised on a ranch in northern California Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life He is used to the way of horses too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connec Raised on a ranch in northern California Jody is well schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life He is used to the way of horses too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan a hot The Red PDF \ tempered pony his father gives him With Billy Buck the hired hand Jody tends and trains his horse restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle But when Gabilan falls ill Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and particularly the ways of man.