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Comments by brenda cook on Monday, April 07, 2003 at 02:56 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am writing on behalf of the trainer at "Dreamfields Thoroughbred Training Center", the owner, Triple Crown Jockey, Steve Cauthen. The trainer, Louis Oliva, would like to have a representative of Ms.Hillenbrand contact him. Thank-you
verona, ky USA

Comments by Annie on Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 08:15 IP Logged
I must say that I absolutely loved the story of Seabiscuit. I have been interested in him since I saw the original movie with Shirley Temple. Just one concern with the paperback version of the book: Why does the photo on the cover focus on the people and not on Seabiscuit himself? I must say that I was greatly disturbed by the decision to "cut off" Seabiscuit's head for the cover. Just seemed a bit odd.
IA USA

Comments by Caroline McClennan on Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 02:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have written you a letter and would like to mail it to you (snail mail). Is there an address I could use to send it c/o Random House for instance. I could retype it, but was hoping to avoid that extra step as I might just not get `round to it!' Thanks, Caroline
Chagrin Falls, OH USA

Comments by Grant Kearney on Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 01:03 IP Logged
My mum just gave me a copy of your book for my 34th birthday last weekend. I've never been a great fan of reading, probably having only read about 10 books in my life that I wasn't forced to as part of studies. I'm not interested in Fiction and only my only interest in non-fiction is with subjects I can identify with. I used to ride as a youngster, showjumping, cross country etc and have always been a huge horse racing fan. Currently I have a 10% ownership in a horse which has had two starts, gone out at 100-1 each time and duly come last. This is my third racehorose that I have had ownership in and I remain ever hopeful that one day I'll be part of a syndicate who has a winner !!! I have always had a keen interest in Australian racing history and obviously am a huge Phar Lap fan. I had never heard of Seabiscuit until I was given your book. I just finished reading it in a week, taking time whenever I could to get a few hours in and finished the last half of it yesterday afternoon. It is unheard of for me to be so absorbed in a story. Thanks so much for bringing this truly remarkable tale to the world. This book wasn't just a tale of a great horse, but a triumph for the human spirit and I was upset to finally reach the final page. Anyone who thinks they are having a rough time at some time in life only has to learn what Red Pollard went through in his lifetime to be grateful for everything they have got !! I look forward to the Movie (even though I'm sure it will do no justice to your fine book) and I'm now trying to find out if anyone I know has an American friend who can record the PBS special this month.....!!! Thanks once again for giving me the the most memorable reading experience of my life. I will now try to convince my Australian and New Zealand friends to pick up the book so they to can learn about the American wonder horse which carried to victory the same kangaroo skin saddle that once sat on the great Phar Lap. Not only have you given me the best reading experience of my life, you have given me a new passion for reading and life itself.
Sydney, nsw Australia

Comments by Daniel Smith on Saturday, April 05, 2003 at 04:25 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Wow! Thank you so much! I'm afraid I'll never be able to express to you how much this incredible story touched me! I can't thank you enough for making Seabiscuit a part of my life. I came away feeling a very deep connection and appreciation for not only Seabiscuit but every person involved as well. I feel as though they were all a part of my life and that I knew each of them personally. As though I actually lived through each and every situation sharing every emotion they felt. Understanding how you felt during the research and writing of this book I especially appreciate the effort it took on your part to see it through. I wish you the best in your crusade! Here's hoping this finds you as happy and healthy as you could ever dream of being! -=Dan=-
Susanville, CA USA

Comments by hlr on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 06:53 IP Logged
Laura, I too am a CFS person of 12 years duration. That you were able to write this wonderful, wonderful book is a tribute to your tenacity and spirit. I attend a northern VA college as a part-time student, trying to finish my undergraduate degree, but the challenges with CFS are many. You weave a captivating story - thank you for providing a lovely diversion during this time of war.
alexandria, va USA

Comments by Jay Mallard on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 04:27 IP Logged
Hi Ms. Hillenbrand, My book club is reading _Seabiscuit_ this month and we would like to invite you to join us. We are meeting on April 8th in McClean Gardens. We are a diverse group of thirty-somethings and the discussions are always insightful. It's normally a potluck, but if you can't find the time to make anything, just bring a bottle of wine. Directions will be provided upon your response. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Joel Orgill on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 04:05 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand (Though after feasting upon your book I feel that I know you well enough to want to call you "Laura"): My wife purchased "Seabiscuit" a few weeks ago. She finally finished it on Wednesday (April 2). I sat down with it on Wednesday evening. I read the entire book, cover to cover (including Author's Notes) during the past 36 hours, barely taking time off to handle the most critical chores around the house. I read at the kitchen table, the dining room table, in the bathroom, in bed, in the car, and of course, in my favorite reading chair. For me, it was a totally mesmerizing story. Your lucid and enamoring character development brought those closet to Seabiscuit alive again. The intricate details of Seabiscuit's personality and idiosyncracies was masterful and enlightening. Race descriptions brought back so many memories of days before TV when kids my age had to use their imaginations when listening to tales and events on radio. We became a literal part of those broadcasts as we, of necessity, projected ourselves into them through our own mental imagery. It became a a wonderful reverie for me as I contemplated my own experience in listening to early races on radio. Growing up as a boy in the late 40's, I had a cardboard racing game that included small plastic horses in slots that were to be moved along a racetrack when their number came up on a spinner wheel. I remember playing the game hour upon hour to see which horse was really the greatest--Man O' War, Whirlaway, Citation, Gallant Fox, or Seabiscuit. Thank you for your intellect, writing skill and your intense interest in bringing back to the world the fascinating story of this incredible animal. America needed a hero then to drag our entire society out of the great depression. We need one now to help us keep our perspective and balance in a world fraught with uncertainty and peril. Seabiscuit will do very nicely for those fortunate to happen upon your richly rewarding portrait. THANK YOU!!!
USA

Comments by Cecilia Castellanos on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 03:26 IP Logged
At first I did not like the book, but it is a very interesting book that gave my some knowledge.
Desplaines, Il USA

Comments by Bill Ogilvie on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 01:10 IP Logged
I bought Seabiscuit after it was reviewed on NPR as a gift for a young girl named Genovive (daughter of a friend who was leaving for 6 town for 6 months - although I know I mispelled the name). When I read the section about a prostitute named Genovive who played a role in Red's earlier life, I opted not to give her the book and instead got her a book of Tennessee Williams plays. I non the less DEVOURED and THOROUGHLY ENJOYED the book Seabiscuit. Genovive's mom convinced me to give Genovive the book anyway .
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Maxine Gruner on Friday, April 04, 2003 at 00:25 IP Logged
I "listened" to your book via cassette recently while traveling by train. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences. I found myself almost talking out loud - groaning when things went wrong, cheering along with each race - Its simply a great story, superbly told. Thank you.
USA

Comments by michael aquino on Thursday, April 03, 2003 at 04:45 IP Logged
I was given the book "Seabiscuit" as a Christmas present, and am reading it for the third time!! It is destined to be an American classic and if the movie is as good ( with Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper can it miss? )I think we will be seeing our next Oscar winner! I recomend this book and movie to ALL!!
east boston, ma USA

Comments by maggie van ostrand on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 03:48 IP Logged
does anyone know what happened to Yummy, Red's agent?
pine mountain, ca USA

Comments by Jean Lightfoot on Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 00:21 IP Logged
One of the best books I read last year,,,,no doubt. I laughed I cried, I told everyone it is a must read. For those that just see the movie....they will miss so much.
USA

Comments by DAVID LABERGE on Tuesday, April 01, 2003 at 06:43 IP Logged
read your book about a year ago and can't wait for the movie i am a horse breeder and love the sport thanks again
tampa, fl USA

Comments by Jamie Saults on Monday, March 31, 2003 at 01:38 IP Logged
I work for the U.S. Equestrian Team and we have an event June 19-22 in Gladstone, NJ called the Festival of Champions. Would you be interested in doing a book signing there? Everyone was very excited when I mentioned the possibility. They all must love the book as much as I do. Thank you.
Gladstone, NJ USA

Comments by Brett Knight on Friday, March 28, 2003 at 00:42 IP Logged
A great book,I learned so much,it was all new to me,I feel akin to Seabiscuit,he died the day I was born,thanks so much for writing about him.I hope oneday to visit his Memorial at Saratoga.I even started going to Thistledown RaceTrack to watch the horses run,I think I'll read the book again,thanks!
Cleveland, oh USA

Comments by anne elam on Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 08:23 IP Logged
Dear Laura...I just yesterday finshed your book for the second time. You have given a great gift to the reading public. My plan is to reread it every spring. Thank you so very much.
berryville, VA USA

Comments by leann scotch on Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 05:43 IP Logged
Great read - love combining my love of history and horses in one story! My daughter is 14 and in horse 4-H and would like to do a presentation on the author and her early years, experience with horses, how it lead to college and her career as a writer, etc. Any info would be helpful- report is due April 1st. We have copy of book with interview, About the Author, etc., and also have copy of Smithsonian article on CFS from DEc. 2002, but we are looking for more that could inspire and encourage young girls. Can anyone help us with this? Thanks- Leann Scotch and Kayla Scotch
Wilsonville, OR USA

Comments by Paige Peterson on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 07:06 IP Logged
Laura, thank you so much for this book. I absolutely LOVED it, and did not want it to end. I cried reading it, and i wanted desperately to know this horse, to see this horse run... I am very glad to know about the PBS show coming up, and look forward to the movie. Your accomplishment is all the greater for knowing what you endured to write it. I can't wait to see what you write next. Again, thank you.
Benedict, MN USA

Comments by Dan Deasy on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 03:35 IP Logged
Thanks so much for your book, Seabiscuit. What did Seabiscuit sense about Red that made him NOT remove some of Red's fingers when Red offered him the sugar cube? Talk about sensitivity, WOW! God bless you & thanks again.
crestline, ca USA

Comments by Pamela Kight on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 03:06 IP Logged
I love the horses, and I love your book! I would like to know who is playing Seabuiscuit in the new movie. It will be great to see Chris McCarron and Gary Stevens in the movie, but I don't see anything about which horse or horses are in it. My guess is they are going to be racehorses, and most race enthusiasts would find it interesging. Thanks!!
Bloomington, MN USA

Comments by Samantha on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 06:21 IP Logged
I just finished your book today. Incredible work. Seabiscuit was a wonderful horse and never gave up. He worked hard for his trainers and riders. Cannot wait until the movie comes out. The book made me cry! Excellent!
Olympia, WA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 05:43 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: For those of you who have asked what happened to Pumpkin, I am happy to say he went into retirement with Seabiscuit at Ridgewood. Though they were no longer stabled together--Seabiscuit's barn could only hold four horses, and was reserved for stallions--they took their daily exercise together. I was unable to find what Pumpkin's ultimate fate was, but Howard was fanatical about providing happy lives for all his horses. A good example is Chulo, another horse who worked with Seabiscuit. Howard gave him to two children at a nearby ranch, where he lived happily until his death. Pumpkin was almost certainly just as well cared for.
USA

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