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Comments by Susan Winkler on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 01:35 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand- What can I say, that has not already been said, about a "Great Book". What a masterpiece! You are a wonderful writer. I just finished it. I didn't want it to end. I want to turn around and read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything, but my Dad wants to read it first. I have a Trakehner/Quarter Horse Cross of my own so I know first hand what wonderful animals horses are. What a great horse Seabiscuit was. Best of luck to you and thanks again for a wonderful read. Susan
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by H Gregory on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 00:25 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, What a book! What a writer! What a horse! I am sure that Mr. Howard, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pollard, Mr. Woolf and of course the great Seabiscuit would all be very proud that you shared their story to your readers. I look forward to the movie, but somehow I don't think it will be as good as your book.
USA

Comments by Jenni on Monday, January 14, 2002 at 04:38 IP Logged
What a fantastic read! I fell in love with racing when they opened Lone Star Park in Texas and I've never been the same. This book adds fuel to that fire. Thank you for taking the time to write this magnificent tale about an unforgettable horse. Can't WAIT 'til the movie opens.
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by stephen snyder on Monday, January 14, 2002 at 03:58 IP Logged
dear ms hillenbrand I just finished seabiscuit. What a marvelous literary endeaver. It touches everyone who reads it.My only regret was the brevity of the story.You could without a doubt held my attention for another 1000 pages.Best read in a long time best wishes
lebanon, tn USA

Comments by Ed on Monday, January 14, 2002 at 02:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura, what a compelling story you've written about Seabiscuit and his team of handlers. an incredible accomplishment!!! What I find just as interesting is your personal story and the courage it must have taken to complete the book. You are a true inspiration and I hope you one day are rid of CFS, although I know there is no cure or explanation for CFS, I hope you wake one morning to be free of it. your boyfriend sounds like a great guy and a lucky one. p.s. i challenge all readers of Seabiscuit to send an email to Oprah for her book club and get this book more promtion. go to www.oprah.com/ book club
pompano beach, fl USA

Comments by john on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 02:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Well, I finished your book last night and now I am distraught. No more extreme enjoyment unless, of course, you have another book in the making. I can wait, I think. What an enthralling tale and how captivating. I don't recall ever becoming audible while reading a book, but I was saying things like, Oh no, this can't be happening, godammit, etc. You could sense a pulse rising and falling during your race descriptions. I was galloping as fast as Seabiscuit. The epilogue was a strong dose of reality. I hope Hollywood doesn't dwell on it. Your talent is intense, and I will just patiently wait for your next book.
USA

Comments by Charles Bourland on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 01:28 IP Logged
You have written a wonderful book!! I was born in West Virginia the same year as Seabiscuit, of a western Kentucky father: • The name Seabiscuit hangs in my mind but I was too young; • When the family traveled to visit the grandparents, the one exciting stop we always made (to keep us quiet on the long trip) was at the Man of War stall at Calumet?, from which we admired the stud and we always removed a piece of straw for our scrapbooks; Later I was graduated from Yale: • For several years after being graduated I wondered how anyone could succeed after attending a small, non-Ivy league college; • I never read a book until the ‘90s by a woman because they could hardly be adept (Yes, I know, there were a lot of us and may still be). Still much later I started a business which sold computers to schools. My customers included Marietta, Muskingham, Denison, Kenyon, Taylor, Wesleyan, Williams, Peabody and others and I became heavily involved with CUETUG which was a technology group from some 400 small colleges and universities. From this experience, added to a few years of much needed maturity, I viewed small schools with a much different perspective and sent my son to Denison. He was not much of a writer or I would have chosen Kenyon. Still much much later I read Praying For Sheetrock and afterwards discovered M. F. Greene was a woman. Goodness, a woman writer. More recently my Couples Book Club read Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With A Pearl Earring - she about your age and a graduate of Oberlin, another small college. And now the Book Club picked Seabiscuit. Your book will surely win the Pulitzer and you go with Greene and Chevalier into my Pantheon. If you wish, after we discuss your book in two weeks, I will tell you what this group of 28 retireés thought. Did you know my friend Gentry Sayad at Kenyon? His mother is a friend of the Pulitzers in St. Louis.
Savannah, GA USA

Comments by Todd Slothower on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 01:08 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Wow, I haven't read a book cover-to-cover since the 7th grade!! That was over 30 years ago! Once I started reading, I couldn't wait until the next time I had time to read! As a teacher, I seldom have my own time to read, but I made time for Seabiscuit! Your writing drew me in, brought me to tears and made me laugh at the same time. The races nearly sent me running around the house! Thank you for one of the most enjoyable weeks that I have had in a very long time!
Moline, IL USA

Comments by Mike Bourgeois on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 01:06 IP Logged
Thouroughly enjoyed the book; an excellent read. Looking forward with great anticipation to the movie.
Houston, tx USA

Comments by Men Only Book Club on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 00:00 IP Logged
Hello Ms. Hillenbrand: Our bookclub was thrilled with your book. We were awed at your skill in referencing the story from newpspapers, the thrill of the ride, the intricacies of the racing subculture and the reflections from our own lives that were analogous. Thank you for writing such a wholesome, wonderful book. Keep up the good work! THE YOUNG AMERICA, MINNESOTA LIBRARY MEN-ONLY BOOKCLUB
Young America, MN USA

Comments by Jim Skeese on Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 05:58 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand: You made me crazy. I was ready to move into Seabiscuit's stall. As long as you stick to animals I'll be okay. I nearly ate my oats the other morning without cooking them! Familiarity with Del Mar Race Track has special meaning for me as you told your tale. Overlooking the race track from Tippet Hall failed to ignite the passion and excitement generated by you and Seabiscuit. Thanks. Jim Skeese jskeese021@aol.com
Stow, OH USA

Comments by Chuck on Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 02:12 IP Logged
My father inlaw is dying of cancer and I gave him your book to read recently. It has given him immense enjoyment to read it and I just wanted to thank you. I have no interest in the sport but read Seabiscuit and absolutely loved every word.
Ca USA

Comments by Robert Hutt on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 09:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura: The book was absolutely sensational. I only hope that the movie does justice to your book. I have told all of my friends how moving and feeling the characters truly are. This is a great tribute to you for bringing them to life. I have 2 questions which I would appreciate if you can answer. Whatever happened to Grog after Seabiscuits career was officially over. How did he live out his life? The second question involves some unfinished business that you failed to address in your book. Charles Howard had great feeling for the less fortunate. It was proven repeatedly by his charitable work (especially building the hospital) and his feelings in taking in Red Pollard after his injury. What strikes me the most is how Tom Smith left his employ after Seabiscuit's retirement never to reuinite with Mr. Howard? What happened to their relationship?
Forked River, NJ USA

Comments by Bill Bales on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 07:19 IP Logged
Thank you for telling the remarkable story of Seabiscuit and the people associated with him. Your writing style was truly a pleasure.
Orlando, FL USA

Comments by Tiffany on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 05:24 IP Logged
I was just wondering if there is a way to get a copy of the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I have looked, but have been unsuccessful so far. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.
Mesa, AZ USA

Comments by Maryanna Skowronski on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 04:33 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, When I was 8 years old the nun who taught me would not let me check Walter Farley's Man O' War out of the school library. She felt it to be above my reading level. Of course I then went to the public libary and proceeded to read it anyway. If a girl can fall in love with a horse I fell in love with that one. Last year (quite a few years later) I read Seabiscuit and fell in love with another horse. I was in attendance at Pimilico this past fall when you were given your award in absentia by the Maryland Racing Writers. There was a standing ovation! As an equestrian journalist myself, I know how difficult it is to capture the spirit of a bygone era. Your book is a triumph. Would that anything I ever write comes even close to what you have accomplished. Now, because I can't resist, my suggestions for casting. As C. S. Howard- John Goodman. He fits the role physically and he can play period. Look at his portrayal of Babe Ruth. Russell Crowe as Tom Smith. He's a horseman in real life and a chameleon of an actor who is willing to change himself physically for a role. Michael J. Fox as Red Pollard. He again fits the role physically and I think is highly under-rated as an actor. Selma Hayek as Marcela Howard. She has the looks and is the right age. George Wolf is a tough one. Perhaps an unknown. And of course Mickey Rooney because he was there when it all happened!
Bel Air, MD USA

Comments by Jeff Minahan on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 01:49 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: Lady, you know how to write. My gut tells me the movie will never be a "money-maker." The story is too poignant, too genuine and deals with things that matter. And nothing gets blown up and no one takes their clothes off. So naturally, it doesn't have a chance at Hollywood "success." But if this flick even approaches the power of your book, it will be one of those underrated gems. Just don't let the Hollywood hacks screw it up, please??? I won't even talk about your research....ridiculous, and humbling. I know little about horse-racing...but I watch the triple crown every year and I always find myself on the edge of my seat. The races are exciting, but that is not the reason. It's the horses. They are so compelling...heart, genuine heart, courage in its purest form. You captured it well in Seabiscuit's story. Great stuff. Only one question....your account of the match race with War Admiral is truly great descriptive writing. War Admiral's eyes rolling back in his head on the far turn, his tongue twisting out the side of his mouth at the moment he breaks...Jesus, what powerful stuff. Anyway, as much affection as the book justifiably engenders for Seabiscuit, I found myself moved by your powerful description of a crushed War Admiral being led away in defeat after the race. Seabiscuit simply ripped the heart out of a great champion...what an amazing, amazing feat. I'll go do the research, but what did you find out about War Admiral's career after the match race? Was he finished? Did Seabiscuit truly destroy him? Human champions sometimes never come back from defeats like that. In closing...I am studying to be an English teacher...I will USE this book if I ever can. Nice stuff.
Olney, MD USA

Comments by louise wagenknecht on Friday, January 11, 2002 at 00:46 IP Logged
There are places in this book where I had to stop reading because the tears were running down my face and I couldn't see the print anymore. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing Seabiscuit and the people around him back to life. I am telling everyone I know -- even people who have never had any affinity for horses -- to get this book and read it. Waiting for the movie is going to be hard!
Leadore, ID USA

Comments by Christine on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 07:21 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand,I just finished reading your wonderful book and will recommend it to everyone I know, horse-lover or not. As a life-long horse owner, I found your ability to capture and express the love these three men had for this little horse remarkable. I must tell you that I had a tear in my eye at many points throughout the book. I found the account of Pollard and Seabiscuit's last race at Santa Anita particularly powerful. Anyone that has been in the company of these wonderful animals will appreciate your account of their ability to love, trust and try their heats out for the human beings in their lives. Thank you for telling this story.
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Durand Emilie on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 05:36 IP Logged
I'm amazed by all the messages of congratulation you receved. But I see none from my country! So it's just a message to tell you that your book has arrived in France an begun to "faire un malheur" !! I think you've created a all wave of passion for Seabiscuit and horses races. Good !! Your book is really nice. I would say that it has enchanted me as "The Black stallion " when I was nine!! (For me it's the greatest congratulation you can ever make!!) See you soon, I hope !
Paris, France

Comments by Jennifer DeLano on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 04:22 IP Logged
A sick day turned out to be bearable; I was engrosed in your book and could almost hear the races through your descriptions. I just discovered the excitement of horse racing last year and was happy to read that the horses themselves love to run. Thanks for a great book.
Oakdale, Ca USA

Comments by Rob Holl on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 04:04 IP Logged
Dear Laura-There's little I enjoy more than a good biography. I was a bit skeptical however, when I checked the "Seabiscuit" audio out of the local library a few days ago. My thought was how interesting could it be to hear the tail of a horse? I understand now what all the buzz was about. You did a beautiful job recalling a wonderful story. More specifically, I'm thoroughly entralled by your skill with word-pictures and descriptive phrasing. I can't remember ever hearing/reading anyone who wrote so vivid, so fresh. Your work is truly inspiring! Rob-
Orlando, FL USA

Comments by murray via on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 02:51 IP Logged
if you never write another book, there's always "seabiscuit".with most great books, people say, "i couldn't put it down". with yours i had to put it down, because it was so damn exciting i couldn't take it all at once. heartwarming and heartbreaking. a masterpiece. thank you for an example of what books, writing, and reading are all about. and of course, you do love horses! what's next? what can you possibly do for an encore? thanks again, murray.
irvine, ca USA

Comments by charles reilly on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 00:52 IP Logged
!!!!!!!!!!fabulous!!!!!!!!
spring, tx!! USA

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