Title: The Red Pony
Author: John Steinbeck
Publication Year: 2011 (audio) (1933-novel)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Reader: Frank Muller (okay)
Date Completed: September/2012
Rating: 4/5Recommend: yes
Jody Tiflin is only 10 year's old when his father surprises him with a pony which he names Giliban. Jody develops a bond and a sense of responsibility with Giliban and then something happens to the pony, which leaves Jody with feelings of sadness, anger and even rage. Jody's trust in Billy Buck, the horse trainer is tested as Billy lead the boy to believe the horse would be okay. Jody takes his anger out by injuring small animals -- this was very hard to read.
Believing another colt for Jody might be the answer that will help heal, Jody gets to witness the birthing process, but yet another tragedy occurs, and although the colt survives, Jody seems to have no interest in it.
It's a story that reflects life's early heartaches that are experienced by many young, vulnerable children.
John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony is an incredibly sad coming of age story. It's the kind of story that will leave readers who are looking for a happy ending disappointed, but in classic Steinbeck style it's though provoking and easy to understand why it is a staple in many school curriculums. The audio book reader was Frank Muller, his affect was a bit dry but yet somehow still appropriate for this story.