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Comments by Sally Lambert on Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 05:15 IP Logged
When will the PBS documentary be forthcoming and what is the latest on the movie. I have bookmarked the site in my computer but see no updates. Thanks so much.
Rocky Gap, VA USA

Comments by Lyn Clay on Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 04:59 IP Logged
My apologies for incorrectly spelling Red Pollard's last name in my comments. Mr. Pollard's nephew was kind enough to correct me. This is such a wonderful book. I'm finishing it tonight, and just talked to my friend, Kim, who is a horsewoman, and will bring it for her tomorrow.
Downingtown, PA USA

Comments by Lyn Clay on Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 02:46 IP Logged
I actually went to the book store to get the book on the jockey, Chris Antley, and his life story. It wasn't out yet, and they recommended Seabuscuit. I'm just about finished readng this amazing book. I'm so thrilled Chester County Bookstore in Downingtown, PA suggested it to me. I absolutely love horses. This book is the best story. God Bless Seabiscuit...what a hero...I'll be finishing it tonite. Most touching was the love that Smith and Howard (and Pollack and Woolfe) had for this horse. Thank you for a wonderful book!
Downingtown, PA USA

Comments by Rachel on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 09:28 IP Logged
I recently picked up a copy of the book in an airport in El Paso Texas. I hardly put it down since! I absolutely loved it, it's shot ahead to be my favorite book of all time. What a treasure, and what a horse! After I finished the book I turned to my boyfriend with tears in my eyes and said, "I love that horse." I have yet to hear the end of that, but it's true. Buy this book, you won't be dissapointed, it was FABULOUS!!
St. Albans, VT USA

Comments by Anne Greenwood on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 05:07 IP Logged
Yesterday I've send another comment, but I would like it if some of you people would e-mail me about your experience of the book seabiscuit. I must warn you, my english isn't good, because I'm dutch. And that is why I would like it to hear some things about the book. Do what you want to do.
USA

Comments by Brian Donaldson on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 06:34 IP Logged
I'm half way through the book and loving every page!So well written!
Surrey, Canada

Comments by Anne Greenwood on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 04:25 IP Logged
I'm dutch, and I never heard of Seabiscuit until I saw the book in our library. I've read it 2 times, and still I liked it. Laura Hillenbrand is the best writer in years and this site is very good. I'd liked the slideshow the most. Great job! Groetjes van een Nederlands meisje
USA

Comments by Winifred Lau on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 04:22 IP Logged
I "read" your book as an audio selection from my local library. It had to be the most exciting story I've ever heard! I couldn't stop the tapes I just had to keep listening. I've always been fascinated with the "old racing legends" but this one had to be the best. It was a fabulous tale of people and animals turning insurmountable problems into successes! Great job!
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by steve ruvolo on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 02:18 IP Logged
I would love to get a copy of the audio of the Sea Biscuit/ War Admiral match race. How can I get a copy as I would like to use it at my book club meeting where we will be discussing your fabulous book. Thanks
Los Altos, ca USA

Comments by Jess on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 01:13 IP Logged
I haven't read the book yet but I love anything about horses, and from what everyone else is saying about it I'm positive that I'll like it. Thanx!* **~
SpringHill, TN USA

Comments by John Kinder on Monday, April 29, 2002 at 09:14 IP Logged
What a great story and beautifully written.I couldn't put it down It was so interesting, the insights of all the characters that enhanced the color of the sport and the people in it.
Middletown, OH USA

Comments by Jann on Monday, April 29, 2002 at 03:55 IP Logged
Rarely have I been so taken with a book. Having grown up with Walter Farley's adventures, all of the Misty books, Flicka and of course Velvet as my heroes/heroines, this real-life story resonated on so many levels. I inhaled it. Its every anecdote, detail and nuance were vivid. I finished the book, revisited each photo, then read all of the credits, annotations, and promptly started reading it all over again.
USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Monday, April 29, 2002 at 01:52 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Upcoming radio appearances: Monday, April 29, WRJB-FM Memphis, Monday Night Live with Bobby Melton, 6:15 PM EST live; Tuesday, April 30, WWTN 99.7 FM Nashville, 8:25 PM EST live; Thursday, May 2, KSTP-FM Minneapolis, 10:00 AM EST live; Friday, May 3, WMAL 630 AM Washington, DC, Charlie Warren Show, 9:00-10:00 PM live, call-in; Saturday, May 4, ESPN radio, Jeremy Schapp show, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM EST live; Saturday, May 4, WBBR Bloomberg Radio New York City, 6:48 AM EST, 6:48 PM EST, 9:48 PM EST, taped; Sunday, May 12, WBSM AM Providence, Sunday Sports Show, 6:30 PM EST live; Sunday, May 26, WBZ-AM Boston, Jordan Rich Show, 11:00-11:30 PM live;
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Katherine Kennedy on Monday, April 29, 2002 at 00:41 IP Logged
I just finished the book and wanted you to know what a joy it was to read. I fell in love with every wonderful character of the book and that wonderful horse. Your writing was so nicely descriptive that I could hear the horses hooves pounding, hear their breath and smell the dirt and sweat. It was so exciting. I couldn't read much at a time...if I wasn't exhausted from 'racing', the stress from trying to anticipate the rain, what the impost would be, etc. exhausted me. Thank you so much for reintroducing these wonderful people and that great horse. What a treasure. Kathy
Cincinnati, OH USA

Comments by Cynthia Ruby on Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 03:56 IP Logged
I have a hobby of reading biographies of individuals from this century, but this was the first of a horse. I'm not a horse person, but really enjoyed the book and the great research and colorful stories. I live near the Bay Meadows Track and enjoyed the local history and connections to this community.
Belmont, CA USA

Comments by Ann Jaffin on Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 03:34 IP Logged
As both a book and a horse person, I found Sea Biscuit-An American Legend, stunning. It was one of the best reads ever. At 57 I am a therapeutic riding student, and loving it. I guess I will finish where I started, reading and loving horse books.
Silver Spring, MD USA

Comments by Thomas Alexander on Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 03:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I enjoyed your book SEABISCUIT very much. I guess the highest compliment I can offer is that I didn't want the story to end. All the main characters in your book seemed to be interesting in their own right. Two questions: 1. Why was the cover photograph choosen?( you can't see all of Seabiscuit). 2.Do you have any information on the rehabilitation methods of Harry Bradshaw? Thank you very much.
Minneapolis, MN USA

Comments by #VALUE! on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 05:15 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: To Seabiscuit readers, please join me this Sunday, April 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST for "Chapter One" with Simon Rose, a live call-in radio program. I don't have local station information, but you can hear the interview live at www.chapteronelive.com. Call in to ask me questions at 1-877-599-8255. I look forward to hearing from you!
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Bill Anton on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 04:27 IP Logged
Simply put, this is one of the finest books that I have ever read. Your beautiful narrative took me to a time before my birth and allowed me to live in it, rather than just read it. As the husband of a Thorobred breeder/eventer, I understand that there can be a bond between horse and rider that is so deep that it can be virtually unfathomable to the average person. You have written a wonderful account of the struggle and euphoria experienced by a nation in its darkest hour. Many thanks.
Bainbridge Island, WA USA

Comments by Mike Bandelier on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 03:48 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I grew up listening to stories of Seabiscuit from my Mother who was born in 1924 and Grandfather who was born in 1898. As an avid reader of history I was never able to find much available material on the life and times of Seabiscuit. I would like to thank you for writing a definitive interesting narrative of not only Seabiscuit but the life and times of those who created a true American icon. On behalf of those of us who never were able to find this type of information I thank you. Michael Bandelier, Yuma, Az.
Yuma, AAZ USA

Comments by Audra Krenn on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 02:10 IP Logged
I really liked the book: Seabiscuit The American Legend. I cant wait till the movie comes out. Tell me when the movie comes out. Please? Email me back as soon as when you hear when the movie will come out.
McDonald, PA USA

Comments by rand middleton on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 01:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I never understood the facination with horses until reading Seabiscuit. Your storytelling helped me appreciate a horse's competitive drive and athleticism. The story was a joy to read. I savored the week or so I took with it. As a newspaperman, I am filled with admiration and a wee bit of envy at your gift for turning a phrase, finding the right word, painting a picture. Your meticulous research blows me away. Wow. I happened to pick up the large print version at our local library in Willmar Minnesota. I've taught myself to question text that might not ring true, since proofreading is part of my job. On Page 481, refering to the WW II bomber with a smoke-belching Seabiscuit flying missions in the Pacific theater, I would question the '694'' missions over Japan for two reason. I'm no WW II historian, but that seems like more missions than the whole air corp flew over the main islands and also "694" seems like a heckuva lot of flights for one plane. I also caught one typo but failed to note what page. Thankyou for not only a great read but opening my eyes to horses and horse racing. Congratulations on the book's success. Best wishes, rand middleton, willmar minnesota.
willmar, mn USA

Comments by Jane Levine on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 01:01 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I bought your book several months ago, but couldn't open it for some reason. I think it was a premonition that it was going to have a strong effect on me. Animal stories, even fictional ones, live on to haunt me, and I still haven't gotten over Flag's death in "The Yearling" even though I read it over 40 years ago. The premonition was right, though this time it turned out to be for the most wonderful of reasons. It is impossible to just read this book. One experiences it; it grabs hold of you, and the emotions it taps overwhelm you. I could fully understand how so many people fainted during the Seabiscuit/War Admiral race---I very nearly did myself as I read about it at my desk during a lull at work. I literally couldn't catch my breath, and the tears were flowing unashamedly. The story itself has every element that engages the spirit---adversity, chicanery, synchronicity, the "underhorse", the "underjockey"---the sheer impossibility of it all---but they are nothing compared to the beauty of how you wove it all together. Without question, this was the most elegantly written book, nonfiction or fiction, that I have read in years. Bless you for enduring what must have been a seemingly overwhelming process of research and production. I finally allowed myself the pleasure of finishing the last chapter yesterday morning, and with tears still fresh in my eyes, drove the 20 miles to town and bought 3 more copies---with countless more to follow--- to send to friends and relatives, none of them particularly "horse people" but all of whom are about to be for the rest of their lives, at least where one amazing little horse is concerned. Jane Levine Gainesville, FL greathound@hotmail.com
Gainesville, FL USA

Comments by Susan Opton on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 00:52 IP Logged
Your book has touched me down to the core. I was very sad to hear that you are riddled with such a debilatating disease. This book seemed to have taken extraordinary energy, strength and determination to make. Something which must have been a real inner struggle with your condition. Please know that you and your golden story telling talents have honored not only the "Biscuit" but yourself as well. Don't ever give in. You are amazing.
Needham, MA USA

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