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Book Title: National Velvet|
The author of the book: Enid Bagnold
Edition: Junior Deluxe Editions
Date of issue: 1958
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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How do you rate a book like this? It's marketed as a children's book, but when I read it as a pre-teen there's no way I got all the subtleties that the author works into her themes. It was written in 1935, so of course it's aged. While I was reading the book, I was very aware that I was being given a slice of life for a way that people don't live anymore. How many people even know what butchering is, much less what it would be like to live in front of a kill yard? There's nowhere I know that would give kids candy bars on credit with the kids carefully tallying up what they owe for when they have the money. The rural way of life, in which most dogs aren't pets, your pony is your means of transportation instead of your hobby, and the village is a long walk away- all pretty much gone.
National Velvet is about a girl and her horse, that's true enough. But it's also about women rising to their best because of a man supporting them, men seeing past appearances to the power of the woman's personality that's hiding underneath, living a life that's poor in resources but rich in community. This is not a kids' book, although a child could read it.
This is also a book for people who know horses. Who know that putting a horse out to grass without grain will make them lose condition, and what that looks like. Who know that a horse can be willing without a clue what to do. Who understand that Sir Pericles is a marvel and that you never want to break his heart. Who can see the stubbornness in a pony's rump turning toward them. That's part of why I love the book- having grown up riding but never having a horse of my own, I really identify with Velvet and her paper animals, her driving pretend horses before bed with tapes for reins. I traced paper horses myself, had Breyer horse miniatures that filled my closet. The way the Bagnold can portray the individual personalities and magnificence of horses while still finding humor in their tricks and quirks, setting it all down in passing while describing a scene, is just masterful.
It's a book that's funny, that's tragic, that's triumphant. It sees below the surface and helps the reader to do the same, if they read carefully. It's an artifact of a time gone by. It's a book for people who love children and animals and remoteness. I've never seen the movie. I can't imagine that it's anywhere close to what the book offers.
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