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Horse (2022)

de Geraldine Brooks

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"Brooks' chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling." --The New York Times Book Review "Horse isn't just an animal story--it's a moving narrative about race and art." --TIME A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.    New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.   Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse--one studying the stallion's bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.   Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.… (més)
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Geraldine Brooks' novel, Horse, is an amazing work. I felt the emotions of all the characters in both the 19th century and modern sections. The topics the novel covers include art, horse racing, Osteology (the scientific study of bones), and racism in both antebellum America and current times.

In her afterward, Brooks mentions how she started to write the book about Lexington, the greatest stud horse in American history, but soon found she could not ignore the racism in the horse breeding and racing industries before emancipation. Many of the greatest horse trainers of the time were enslaved people. I knew indoor slaves were treated better than those in the fields but I had never thought of the treatment of slaves who had skills in high demand. Those people were respected at the tracks and sometimes put in positions of authority at the breeding farms but they were still owned and still had to navigate in a world where they were considered little more than livestock.

Although I did find some of the interpretations of modern-day racism as seen through the eyes of Jess, one of the main characters, seemed simplistic, overall, Horse is a great read! ( )
  SteveLindahl | Sep 23, 2022 |
Tried and can't finish, not up to her usual quality of writing, quite boring. It needs character development and a bit of subtlety, too obvious in her attempt to tell readers her thoughts on racism in America. What a missed opportunity....she should be showing, not telling.
  almin | Sep 20, 2022 |
The author's love of horses shows in this historical fiction account of an actual racehorse, Lexington, from the Civil War era. The narrative moves between that time and the present day, with equine art and the preserved skeleton of the horse at the Smithosonian Museum stitching the two eras together.

Also central to the story is the overwhelming oppression of slavery during the Civil War era and the lasting effects of it in the form of systemic racism in the present day. ( )
  tangledthread | Sep 10, 2022 |
Outstanding read! This novel is similar in structure and scope to Brooks' People of the Book. ( )
  SGKowalski | Sep 9, 2022 |
A work of fiction utilizing true events, this story is told in 3 time periods: the mid-1800s, 1954 and 2019 . The horse referred to in the title is named Lexington, and he was a record-breaking thoroughbred from Kentucky. The 1800s story focuses on the relationship between Lexington and his groom, an enslaved young man named Jarret who has a natural way with horses. Woven into the book is the modern-day story of Jess, a Smithsonian scientist who specializes in the study of bones, and art historian Theo, a Nigerian American, who come together when an original painting of Lexington is found. A smaller story centers on a gallery owner who comes to own a painting of Lexington. The fact that this is inspired by a true story makes the book come alive. This book is also the story of slavery, and its modern component, in the form of racial prejudice. ( )
  peggybr | Sep 4, 2022 |
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"Brooks' chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling." --The New York Times Book Review "Horse isn't just an animal story--it's a moving narrative about race and art." --TIME A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.    New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.   Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse--one studying the stallion's bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.   Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

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