❰Reading❯ ➶ National Velvet Author Enid Bagnold – Motyourdrive.co.uk

National Velvet txt National Velvet, text ebook National Velvet, adobe reader National Velvet, chapter 2 National Velvet, National Velvet 0daf1f A Butcher S Daughter In A Small Sussex Town Ends Her Nightly Prayers With Oh, God, Give Me Horses, Give Me Horses Let Me Be The Best Rider In England The Answer To 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 NationalRichly Atmospheric Of Rural Life In England Between The World Wars, National Velvet Has Enchanted Generations Of Readers Since Its Debut 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 The Book Is One That Horse Lovers Of Every Age Cannot Fail To Enjoy The New York Times Humorous, Charming, National Velvet Is A Little Masterpiece Time Put On Your Not To Be Missed List The New Yorker


About the Author: Enid Bagnold

British writer of novels and plays, best known for National Velvet and The Chalk Garden.For information, please see



10 thoughts on “National Velvet

  1. says:

    A truly magical story that has been on my favourite books list since I was a child.Through the years my children and grandchildren have all enjoyed reading this book that makes you think that no matter how big the dream your dreams can come true.I also love the film that was made starring a very young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney and I believe it was Elizabeth Taylor s first movie.This has to be one of the best classic stories around that never loses its magic.


  2. says:

    A very quick review as I m going away tomorrow.Not an easy book to classify, but I will go with young adult because of Velvet Brown s age She was fourteen I love the interaction of the Brown family and found them all very easy to relate to I loved seeing a young girl follow her dreams But I did find too much just too improbable and I found the book poorly structured it took till chapter 7 to get going and with distractions like view spoiler the other five horses hide spoiler


  3. says:

    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 any 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.


  4. says:

    This may be one of the strangest books ever written I first read it when I was eleven or so and didn t understand it Quite frankly I still don t Is it a slice of life book Is it a race book The race speeds by so fast page time is given to the media than to the race and yet the entire novel turns on those few pages It s odd The first half of the book is purely a family story, and that has its very odd moments, too Lots of the older girls looking like golden greyhounds and being beautiful and Velvet looking boyish or like Dante huh Lots of Donald being well impossible Lots of inadvertently hilarious mealtimes And some passing commentary that never fails to make me raise an eyebrow The Browns loved Jacob the dog as they loved each other, deeply, from the back of the soul, with intolerance in daily life.What do I do with that Then there s Mi, who works for the Browns, whose father coached Mrs Brown back when she was Araminty Potter and swam the Channel against the tide in terrible weather Mrs Brown, with all her imperturbability and her closing of doors in reporters faces I think I might love her Mi Mi watched them go off with a queer look in his eye, a look old Dan had worn when he saw Araminty Brown strike out from the brim of the land There are men who like to make something out of women.There s dated and there s dated. Don t she ride him said the voice It s that Velvet girl The ugly one What, the kid with the teeth That s who it is Mi knew that Mally s beauty stood beside him and he resented it He half turned his shoulder on her While Velvet sat on the piebald he thought her the loveliest thing on earth Like Dan, his father, he hardly saw the faces of women.First published 1935 Still, it s a funny mix of insight and the oddest misogyny The book ends with pages and pages of the press hounding Velvet before deciding she s old news I think that s the best part of the book not at all dated, in fact and a meeting with the Grand National folk who half accuse Mi of trying to steal Velvet s price money almost 8,000 pounds In 1935 Wikipedia tells me the prize money is A MILLION POUNDS today and Velvet being shy and retiring and I did it for the horse This is a human interest book, I suppose One where the race is almost unimportant, even as it s the reason the book exists.


  5. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses She knows there are pleasures earlier than love Earlier than love, nearer heaven in the form of horses.When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she recognises he s something special He can easily clear five foot fences, and he ll do anything for her Soon, she and butcher s assistant Mi have their sights set on the biggest race in England But how can a girl in 1930s England get near Aintree Peter Flannery rescues National Velvet from Hollywood, returning 14 year old Velvet to her Sussex butcher s family in the 1930s A welcome return for Enid Bagnold s strange, inventive fairytale about a young amateur girl rider who takes an untrained horse over the stiffest course in the world and wins.Sound design Eloise WhitAuthor Enid BagnoldDramatised by Peter FlanneryDirector Producer Melanie HarrisExecutive Producer Polly ThomasA Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b03m7p9z


  6. says:

    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 which led to a lovely Velvet detour 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 Now can we talk about how incredible THAT movie was


  7. says:

    Not long ago, I read Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons written in the 1930s and set in rural England, just like this novel There was an illuminating introduction to that book, in which the editor explained how Gibbons was parodying a writing style and subject matter popular in that era If you ve read any D.H Lawrence you will have a feeling for what I m referring to the inarticulate but powerful Nature of women and that sort of thing I couldn t help think of that essay when I read this book It is an exceedingly strange book in some ways, and not really meant for children You could probably give it to an eccentric 12 year old who is a sophisticated reader Nor it is really about horses, although the dramatic climax of the book has 14 year old Velvet disguised as a boy winning the Grand National on an appallingly muddy and foggy course Really, the book is about family and about will and desire If you can succumb to the peculiar charms of the writing style, you might well enjoy this book but don t buy it for your pony mad little girl.


  8. says:

    I really liked this book Sometimes, I just can t stand books written in old style writing, but I just adored National Velvet The characters, the plot, the descriptions it was all just very well done.First off, Velvet is a fourteen year old girl who aspires to become the best rider in England and win the Grand National The amazing thing is, she actually does it Now who wouldn t love such a heroine She s very sweet and innocent, but very determined and she loves her family, and of course Mi and her horse.The story itself was well laid out how Velvet wins Pie, trains him, and the excitment of the Grand National And the author didn t go overboard with the details, but laid them out in an interesting way.This is obviously a classic for horse lovers, but consider reading it even if you don t love horses.


  9. says:

    One of the best books ever written about childhood, adulthood and all the days in between Horse lovers will of course find this fascinating, but it s a book that s much than a horse book It s a book about family and relationships and knowing your own self and others I can t recommend it too highly.


  10. says:

    National Velvet is not what I thought it would be In fact, it was one of the disheartening books I ve read in a while My issue is with the style and content of the story because the overall plot is just dandy i.e., girl trains horse to become a race champion Awesome Let s start at the beginning, shall we My problems with it started on page 1 And yet, I thought that it must get better It s a children s classic, right So it has to be good Or not, depending on who you are.So, page 1 My first hurdle to get over was the writing style It s different than almost any other book I ve read, thus, it was hard to just fall into the story seamlessly Believe me, I ve read a LOT of books, and classic literature is a personal fort of mine I ll all for the vintage and antique hardbound gems But this one threw me for a loop Perhaps it s the dryness of the words There s no wit, no humor, or no glory in it Except for the last page or two at the end which really was fantastic and was the best text found in the whole volume In my humble opinion, of course Another big issue I have with the book is that there was quite a sprinkling of foul language in it Perhaps the author didn t quite mean it that way, and of course, the book was written when times were a little different But I was still surprised In fact, I had both an abridged version and unabridged version of the book I scoured page after page to pinpoint exactly what they had changed in the abridged version, and come to find out, it looks like the only text that had to be changed was the foul language I kept finding in the original unabridged copy But even in the one abridged for children, not all incidents were trimmed out For what the publisher tried to do though, I was grateful Now, I ve got to admit something that is extremely rare and, even in this case, a bit hard for me to digest I have found a situation where the movie is astoundingly better than the book Who knew It s an unwritten rule among us bookworms that the book is always better But, I finally found the loophole to that saying, and National Velvet is the one In fact, I would go so far to say that the movie you know, the one with young Elizabeth Taylor starring alongside Mickey Rooney is in fact beautiful and enchanting It has characters that come alive, and a plot that inspires you THAT is the story I wanted to read At what age should children read it Well, I wouldn t personally recommend it for young readers Of course, it certainly fluctuates with each individual child, but I best recommend it for ages 14 and up Even then, if the kid can t connect with the writing style or story, well it s not the most engrossing book.So, I ve made my case Truly, I wanted to enjoy this book, but I guess it s just not the one for me Maybe the next reader will have better luck with it.


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