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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel [真实人生的小说]

所属栏目: Biography

点    击: 371

作    者:Jeannette Walls

小说大小:678 KB

推荐等级:2级

整理时间:2009-12-28

内容简介

Book description:

A re-creation of the life of the author’s grandmother, a mustang breaker, schoolteacher, ranch wife and mother of two who grew up in the Southwest in the early 20th century, by the author of “The Glass Castle.”

”Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So beginsthe story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls’s magnificent,true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard working,and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helpingher father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in afrontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, toget to her job. She learned to drive a car (”I loved cars even morethan I loved horses. They didn’t need to be fed if they weren’tworking, and they didn’t leave big piles of manure all over the place”)and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona.She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother,Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression,and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudiceof all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else whodidn’t fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder foradults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa orBeryl Markham’s West with the Night. It will transfix readerseverywhere.


《 真实人生的小说 》(Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel)的女主角莉莉‧史密斯(Lily CaseySmith),像唐桑家族五代女性一样,也真有其人,她是美国拓荒时期的人,15岁那年,离开东部,骑了28天马,到西部一个拓荒小镇当教师,自此展开在拓荒世界中的艰苦奋斗生活。这本小说的作者珍纳特‧沃尔斯(Jeannette Walls),是史密斯的孙女儿。

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