Then Velvet started riding him. I am a horse fan and so I've watched most movies that have something to do with horses. Her mother is a wise, taciturn woman who was once famous for swimming the English Channel; her father is a butcher. I loved the movie, but never could figure out why they made the horse a big chestnut instead of what he was, a Piebald, which is how he got his name. I totally understood how Velvet would "loose her lunch" at the sight of a beautiful horse, and this book supported my own horse love. I also take exception to the way Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) was portrayed as a young man of questionable character. I fell in love with Mrs. Brown, Velvet's mother, and all her sisters were real to me, as I never had any. That Velvet is the only homely child in the household, again, Bagnold creates triumph out of the female spirit t. Even as a middle aged woman, National Velvet remains one of the most beautifully yet earnestly written books I've ever read. 'Velvet'll sit on a horse like a shadow and breathe her soul into it ...I never seen such a creature on a horse.' I watched this movie several times as a child, but never read the book. which led to a lovely "Velvet" detour. Alongside Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka, it is one of the great horse books for children. C $7.55. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold is a classic 1935 novel telling the story of fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, the daughter of a working-class family in England. National Velvet is about 14 year old Velvet Brown she has always wanted horses. The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National. Welcome back. Temporarily Out of Stock Online. In the book The Piebald was occasionally abbreviated to The Pie. 'National Velvet' is not what I thought it would be. Though distracted by him, she wins the event. I remember, as a kid, trying and trying to read this book. Velvet then asks Mi about "Beecher's Brook" and he reluctantly reveals that it is a difficult jump at the Grand National Steeplechase course. Hardcover ... Mark V. Ziesing Books , 1997 (click for more details about SLIPPAGE: PRECARIOUSLY POISED, PREVIOUSLY UNCOLLECTED STORIES [SIGNED]) Signed First Edition MYRA BRECKINRIDGE [SIGNED] by Vidal, Gore . Mi trained Velvet and The Piebald to enter -- and win --. Exhilarating read about impossible dreams' being realized. National Velvet is a novel by Enid Bagnold (1889–1981), first published in 1935. After completing the book, we watched the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. A truly magical story that has been on my favourite books list since I was a child. National Velvet, vintage illustrated book, for young readers, by Enid Bagnold, The Piebald / Velvet Brown, 1961 KeenoRama. The author gave beautiful descriptions, yet it was a hard book to read aloud. Is it a race book? This article is about the novel. Also the story just wasn’t grabbing us. National Velvet is a novel by Enid Bagnold (1889–1981), first published in 1935. A bit slow in places. She's got more to come. Velvet is a teenager in the late 1920s, living in a small English coastal village in Sussex, dreaming of one day owning many horses. And what a lovely book it is - yes, yes, the triumph of the human spirit and all that, which, by the way, can never be overdone in children's or YA or ANY literature for that matter - but Enid Bagnold laid it all out with solid characterizations, just the right pith and passion and all the good feels. National Velvet book. From shop KeenoRama. While working with the horse with trainer Captain Johnson (Anthony Hopkins), she falls for an American competitor, Scott Saunders (Jeffrey Byron). There's nowhere I know that wou. By Enid Bagnold. She eventually gets some from a deceased friend she made and she also got Piebald. New Listing VINTAGE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK NATIONAL VELVET 1st A EDITION 1961 VG CONDITION. I can't believe I've never seen the movie, nor read the book! I know. Dan Brown trained Araminty to swim the Channel. Buy Online, Pick up in Store Check Availability at Nearby Stores. We read many books outloud, this one was the most laborious. Fortunately within the story this 'dream' was made possible and i remember myself reading this when i was younger and cheering at the end of the book, being that i was so happy in the knowlege that the main character and my heroine had sucseeded majestically. That wall of British culture that my American sensibilities could only barely breach. National Velvet is a classic tale of dreams, ambition and one girl's belief in a horse. ), Even as a middle aged woman, National Velvet remains one of the most beautifully yet earnestly written books I've ever read. How many people even know what butchering is, much less what it would be like to live in front of a kill yard? We did rent the Elizabeth Taylor/Mickey Rooney movie which, IMO, has stood the test of time as. 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. (i.e., girl trains horse to become a race champion? But written accurately as to what it all wouldve been like. National Velvet is a story that every horse mad girl would devour within an instant and it was hence a novel that i fell in love with as a child/ teenager for its horse & horse racing content. Mi formerly worked in stables and is familiar with the horse racing world. That Velvet is the only homely child in the household, again, Bagnold creates triumph out of the female spirit that doesn't depend on beauty. Billy and Bangs, Misty of Chincoteague, Brighty of Grand Canyon, Man O' War, etc. Two of her sisters disappeared, and the many canaries that one sister bred were reduced to paper pictures. How do you rate a book like this? This immediately brought National Velvet to mind, and I wanted to ask if she had read this most excellent book, but the service began and I did not get to. 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. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Will finally view the movie tonight. Horse lovers will of course find this fascinating, but it's a book that's much more than a "horse-book". 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. They were an amazing match. Sarah and Velvet purchase the descendant of The Pie after Sarah earns the money by working for Velvet's boyfriend John. It was written in 1935, so of course it's aged. NATIONAL VELVET, by Enid Bagnold, tells the story of thin, sickly 14-year-old Velvet Brown and how she beats the odds to become an internationally regarded horsewoman. It's quite a good movie. ENID BAGNOLD'S NATIONAL VELVET Wyndham, Lee, Adapted and Abriged By Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1961) From United States +C $19.50 shipping estimate. National Velvet is the story of a 14-year-old girl named Velvet Brown, who trains and rides her horse, named The Piebald, to victory in the Grand National steeplechase. The most famous and loved racing story of all time. My issue is with the style and content of the story -- because the overall plot is just dandy! The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the wo. [2][3] In the film the horse, who was solid coloured, hence not a piebald (British English) or pinto (American English), was renamed The Pie. I haven't read this book for a while, but when I was like Velvet, a young, horse-crazy dreamer, this book was a definite big hit. In fact, it was one of the more disheartening books I've read in a while. The most famous and loved racing story of all time. When The Piebald, a … We'll live this down presently an' you'll see”. You think the Grand National's the end of all things, but a child that can do that can do more when she's grown. It's odd. Rather oddly written -- it took me a few chapters to get used to the style (and, rather like, I haven't read this book for a while, but when I was like Velvet, a young, horse-crazy dreamer, this book was a definite big hit. I read all the horsey books I could find in our small local library. I devoured horse books as a child, but somehow never read this one. It's a book about family and relationships and knowing your own self and others. I read this aloud to a ten year old daughter whose mild interest in horses had been quenched by a broken arm in the practice ring, but we both still loved the story. Velvet wins the race, but is disqualified for dismounting too soon after she slides off the saddle due to exhaustion. -- The New Yorker A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! After that Mi (her best friend). I encountered this novel in a Short Story collection. I adored the prose. The race speeds by so fast - more page time is given to the media than to the race - and yet the entire novel turns on those few pages. — The New Yorker A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! A young girl at church today told me she had five horses. Also the story just wasn’t grabbing us. I first read it when I was eleven or so and didn't understand it. Velvet Brown's story is a timeless account of an individual rising above the conventional views that hold people back from realizing their dreams. June 5th 2003 It champions women: the obese mother and the skeletal daughter with buck teeth. “…I only like horses.”, National Velvet is about 14 year old Velvet Brown she has always wanted horses. "AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Velvet&oldid=993166838, British novels adapted into television shows, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 December 2020, at 03:38. which led to a lovely "Velvet" detour. Paperback (Book with Necklace. 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. It just seemed....strange. The only way that i can describe it is when reading this story it was like opening a window into your heart and glimpsing ones dreams & aspirations within. I read this long ago, as a horse-crazy girl. So believable in that way. Here is my synopsis of National Velvet. Dan Brown trained Araminty to swim the Channel. Velvet goes on the win the race but ends up getting disqualified because she gets falls of Pie due to exhaustion and when they check her out to make sure she's ok they figure out she's a girl. National Velvet is a classic tale of dreams, ambition and one girl's belief in a horse. "The book is one that horse lovers of every age cannot fail to enjoy." Ship This Item — Temporarily Out of Stock Online. A young girl at church today told me she had five horses. Can't recall if I finished National Velvet, or if I liked it, but I'll always enjoy way the title feels in my mouth. When Mi is running and crying and pushing through the crowds, unable to even see Velvet in the race, it's heart pounding. Velvet is a dreamer whose love of horses occupies her waking and sleeping thoughts. She insists that she did not win the race, the horse did, and she simply wanted to see him go down in history. The novel focuses on the ability of ordinary people, particularly women, to accomplish great things. National Velvet (TV Series 1960– ) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. In this version her horse was named King. "National Velvet" is the story of the literaly ugly duckling of the Brown family. No, it's not realistic, but when did fiction always have to be? Learn about Author Central. I loved the movie, but never could figure out why they made the horse a big chestnut instead of what he was, a Piebald, which is how he got his name. Get this from a library! National Velvet by BAGNOLD, Enid and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. FreeBookNotes found 4 sites with book summaries or analysis of National Velvet. Mi trained Velvet and The Piebald to enter -- and win -- the Grand National. One day they both watch The Piebald jump over a five-foot-high cobbled fence to escape a field. After riding him in a local gymkhana, she and Mi seriously consider entering the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree racecourse and train the Piebald accordingly. It's quite a good movie. Also some not common words like gymkhana used quite a bit but still able to be followed without too much googling or dictionary opening. This is not just a children's story but a book that many will love for its strong themes, emotion and depth of feeling, that make it such a winner. But the riding scenes are good, and watch for special features or other videos about Tatum O'Neal's riding. We’d love your help. Production was delayed, however, so Tierney returned to Broadway. They clicked right away. Piebald was a horse who had a mind of his own he hated being kept in his own field plus he liked to jump so almost everyday he would jump out of his field and venture into the town. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of … Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Awesome.). How do you rate a book like this? Later, after getting engaged to Scott, Sarah returns to England and presents the medal to her aunt Velvet as a keepsake and introduces her and John to Scott. The half-hour adaptation starred Roddy McDowell and Anne Whitfield.[5]. Much of the film was shot in Pebble Beach, California, with the most-scenic views on the Pebble Beach Golf Links (with golf holes visible in the background). I started this book with my 10 year old daughter as a read aloud as I loved the movie from my childhood. Velvet is so horse-crazy that she indulges in both fervent and pedestrian fantasies —going on horseback journeys, leading horses to … I don't see where you're getting "misogyny." (Do girls still do that? The National Hunt Committee finds no evidence of fraud, exonerates all involved, and Velvet and her family return to their ordinary lives; or rather, Velvet goes on "to her next adventures", for clearly she is a person to whom great things happen. "On'y I'm so buried under me fat I feel half ashamed to tell you so. Piebald was a horse who had a mind of his own he hated being kept in his own field plus he liked to jump so almost everyday he would jump out of his field and venture into the town. What age group would this book be appropriate for? Now that I'm old(er) I'm stunned by just what a truly fantastic writer Enid Bagnold is. How many people even know what butchering is, much less what it would be like to live in front of a kill yard? Though I've treasured this since I was 12, I'd completely forgotten to include it here until "Flicka"'s lyrical narration on the Hallmark Channel sent me scrambling for book excerpts online (thru red, swollen eyes, of course - hey it's a horse flick!) Working with Arizona Pie, Sarah is selected to represent Britain in the equine three-day Olympic event. Her gender is discovered in the first-aid station. Emotive and captivating this book really does tug on the heartstrings and leave you breathless, whilst following a double story of the young girl and also her horse. In fact, it was one of the more disheartening books I've read in a while. I can't recommend it too highly. Long before Dick Frances wrote about racing, Enid Bagnold wrote about a girl who dreamed of riding in the Grand National, the toughest Steeplechase in the world. National Velvet Book and Charm (Charming Classics Series) 320. by Enid Bagnold. [1] Velvet becomes obsessed with winning the horse in an upcoming raffle and riding him to greatness. National Velvet. The main character epitomises the very backbone and stability of what a heroine should be; someone who is strong willed, determined and passionate and someone whom many readers would look up to and aspire to be like. Is it a slice-of-life book? Among the summaries and analysis available for National Velvet , there are 1 Full Study Guide, 1 Short Summary and 2 Book Reviews. We read many books outloud, this one was the most laborious. Start by marking “National Velvet” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream. This in turn made me thus able to relate and empathise with the main character even more so because there were a lot of similarlities between us, which i found made the story that much more personal to myself. We kept going because we loved the storyline. I dislike the movie with Elizabeth Taylor very much, mainly because MGM didn't take the trouble to find a piebald jumper, or even a white jumper that black patches could be applied to with dye, but instead added to the story to explain why Velvet called him "The Pie". Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses. "The book is one that horse lovers of every age cannot fail to enjoy." Written by A.L.Beneteau Plot Summary | … Books and Authors Top Teaching Blog Teacher's Tool Kit Student Activities The Teacher Store Book Clubs Book Fairs Scholastic Education ... National Velvet. In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase. Of course, girls couldn't be jockeys, so the heroine must pretend to be one. And what a lovely book it is - yes, yes, the triumph of the human spirit and all that, which, by the way, can never be overdone in children's or YA or ANY literature for that matter - but Enid Bagnold laid it. The author gave beautiful descriptions, yet it was a hard book to read aloud. [Enid Bagnold] -- A fourteen-year-old English girl wins a horse in a raffle, trains it, and rides it in the Grand National steeplechase. 5 out of 5 stars (378) 378 reviews $ 15.00. 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