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Comments by Judy F. on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 07:40 IP Logged
Hello Laura: I live just "up the street" from you--off of Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. Thanks for writing such a marvelous book. I read it in two sittings--the second time staying up late until I finished. I haven't done that since being a teenager. How wonderful to get lost in such an engrossing book. I've never been that gung-ho about horses--I'm more of a cat and dog person, even though I'm very fond of most animals. But the reason your book has so many fans outside the horse world is because you've written a romance. A romance between three man and a very fast horse. A romance about America's love affair with racing in the 1930's. A romance that most individuals feel about watching a creature run fast, be it a horse, a cheetah, or even the tabby cat as she races across the yard. The ending was a bitter-sweet. I wanted Seabiscuit's team to always be together. Thanks for a memorable book. I've come away from it with many "mind pictures" including the one where you described how Seabiscuit would sleep in his stall with the monkey at his head, the dog resting near his belly, and his horse friend snoozing beside him.
Kensington, , MD USA

Comments by Ted Colley on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 04:59 IP Logged
Well Done! In future word association games, the response to SEABISCUIT will not be Howard, Pollard or Smith it will be......HILLENBRAND.
San Jose, Ca USA

Comments by J. Van Loon on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 03:36 IP Logged
My compliments on a terrific book. Very well written, good structure and great attention to detail. If one is not familiar with thoroughbred history, as I am not, it reads like a novel. On more than one kibitzing occasion about the greatest athlete of the last century I have touted Secretariat. I may have to re-evaluate that. The book was an impulse buy because of a family story. Along time ago, back in the 50's, Mom and Dad were driving across the country with 3 boys in the back seat. Games were stocked for obvious reasons. One of the games was a very simple racehorse board game. Six little horse figures in segmented colored lanes and a spinner on a numbered dial (1, 2, 3, 4). 'Jockeys' picked their mounts, spun the pointer in turn and moved their steeds accordingly. Much yelling and exhorting ensued - come on Man of War, go Native Dancer, giddyup Whirlaway, let's go Seezeebutt, etc. - until someone's horse was first across the finish line. 3 days and 7 states later a 'what's wrong with this picture' finally registered in the front seat. Mom asked for a spelling on "Seezeebutt." S E A B I S C U I T . Dad almost drove off the road.
AZ USA

Comments by steve harlen on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 03:18 IP Logged
Laura: I just bought your book. I grew up in the 1950's and remember playing a game with the great racehorses who preceded me. Seabiscuit was one of them along with Whirlaway and Man o War and War Adrimal. Thanks for awakening that memory, although I can't recall the game's name. I'll post another note after I finish the book and I look forward to the movie. Regards, Steve Harlen.
Phila., pa USA

Comments by Donald G. Geddes III on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura - I am only on page 65 of your stunning book but I feel as if I am reliving my youth. I am the stepson of the late NYRA starter George Cassidy who was the official starter of the match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit, an event long remembered in our family. Not too long ago I sent the program that George carried in his pocket that memorable day in 1938 to the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga, Springs, N. Y. Growing up around racing was an incredible experience for me. The cherished memories of all those wonderful racetrack characters, their love of the thoroughbred horse and the magnificient champions they produced I am savoring in the pages of your book like a five year old on Christmas morning and I don't want it to end. It was a New York friend who kindly brought me your book, which you inscribed to me. My only regret is that I wasn't there to meet you personally and congratulate you on an outstanding labor of love. Warmest regards - Donald Geddes
New Orleans, LA USA

Comments by Jane Biberman on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
I just finished one of the best books ever written. Pete Hamill once said, If you have a story, tell it; if you don't, write it. You did both. As a journalist, I can't praise you enough. I also fell in love with Seasbiscuit. After finishing the book, I felt like trading in my TBG for one with a better disposition. Can't understand all those who have written in to say they are awaiting the movie; it could never be as brilliant as the book, which I am going to read again.
Philadelphia, PA USA

Comments by Roy Liberman on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 01:37 IP Logged
I have literally just finished this wonderful book and hated to see it end. The story of this incredible animal and the unusual characters that helped turned him into the great thoroughbred he was is breathtaking and I have not read a description of a sporting event quite as exciting as the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race. Laura Hillenbrand is to be congratulated on giving her readers an unbelievably unique literary experience.
Stamford, CT USA

Comments by Susan Ferraro on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
Hello! I did the book cut on SEABISCUIT for the Daily News. I just want to thank you so much for your wonderful, BEAUTIFULLY written and realized and researched and thrilling book. I was so glad I was able to include paragraphs like the one where Red is experiencing the start of the race, with the dust and noise and rhythms and, in your writing, no commas, so as to give the breathlessness of it all and set up for the wonderful language about being alone with the horse and the moment. The DN also did a piece on you and CFS; your accomplishment is all the more impressive (personally, I find writing pretty demanding!). Anyway, I had a very good day reading and working with your book. Thanks, Susan Ferraro.
NYC, NY USA

Comments by Jack Shinar on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
Congratulations on a fine effort. I was so pleased to see the book climbing the Los Angeles and New York best-seller lists last week because it means more people are being exposed to the great sport of horse racing through the eyes of a great journalist, and you've really captured the essence of what makes it so wonderful. I only hope the movie does the book justice. You may be right - Seabiscuit's match race victory over War Admiral could be the greatest duel of all time. I'd love to be able to see it in its entirety. Personally, I'll take Affirmed beating Alydar in the Belmont for the 1978 Triple Crown. Ah, but that's what makes a horse race! I can't wait for your next effort.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by rana rickert on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 07:14 IP Logged
LAURA HILLENBRAND, YOUR BOOK ON SEABISCUIT,IS WONDERFUL. MORE SO TO ME THAN OTHERS. I OWN A RANCH IN CA., THAT WAS ONCE OWNED BY CHARLES HOWARD. IVE BEEN TOLD BY MANY, THAT IT'S THE RANCH SEABISCUIT WAS RETIRED AT, AND OR BURIED?? YET IT IS NOT 150 MILES NORTH, OF SAN FRANCISCO. SO IT IS NOT RIDGEWOOD. I HAVE CLIPS OF SEABISCUIT'S BRONZE STATUE, IN THE FRONT YARD. THEY ARE ONLY PHOTO'S, SINCE THE STATUE, WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ANITA. THERES ALOT OF HISTORY HERE AT THIS RANCH, THAT ALL LEADS TO SEABISCUIT. YET I AM DOUBTING WHAT IVE BEEN TOLD, AFTER READING SOME OF YOUR BOOK. CAN YOU HELP ME OUT? IVE LIVED IN THIS AREA, CLOSE TO THE RANCH, I BOUGHT, MOST OF MY LIFE. I'D LOVE TO HAVE SOME REAL FACTS, IF YOU CAN SPARE THE TIME. THANK-YOU RANA RICKERT 3-29-01 2:00PM
somis, ca. USA

Comments by Ann Penaz on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 06:53 IP Logged
There is not way to communicate how much I adored your book. But, I am curious to know WHY the photograph on the cover of the book, disturbingly, does not show Seabiscuit's head? What a strange and unfortunate choice for a book about a horse who's personality is so fascinating! It seems to imply that he's of lesser importance than the three men in the picture, and, of course, we all know that isn't true! Anyhow, can the photograph be viewed somewhere else in it's entirety? I'd love a chance to see it! Thanks so much for writing this terrific, engaging book! How fortunate for all of us!
Mineapolis, mn USA

Comments by Michelle Bezek on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 05:27 IP Logged
Hello one more time.... I wanted to apologize for misspelling your name and to hope that my error didn't dilute my emphatic praise of your work. Even though I can't spell, I still know a great story when I read one and your book is definitely a great story! Thanks again... Michelle. (hehehe)
USA

Comments by Christine Reynolds on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
About a week ago, my best friend sent me an email telling me I *had* to go out and buy this book. Not "get it and read it", but "*buy* it." Since I don't read a lot of non-fiction, on my own I probably would've looked at the cover and passed by, but I trust her judgement, so that night I went by a local bookstore to acquire my copy. I went home and started reading. Do I ever owe my friend!!! This is one of the best books I've ever read. I must admit, though, that I almost couldn't finish it. It was extremely hard to read the last few pages. Even though, logically, I knew that these folks from sixty years ago were no longer with us, I felt as if I were losing friends, just as earlier in the book I felt as if I were there at each race and there at the training of this magnificent horse and there getting to know these folks personally. What a marvelous job you've done with this book. Thank you for hours of enjoyment and education!
Knoxville, TN USA

Comments by Michelle Bezek on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 05:22 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, Hello again. I have just finished reading your amazing novel and wanted to reiterate my enthusiasim for your writing as well as the story you've told. I was truly moved by the imagery and emotion you illicit in the recounting of such an incredible period of American and horse racing history! I have created a list in my mind of all the people I want to read this book and that is pretty much everyone I know. Thank you for creating an historical and biographical masterpiece and I look forward to reading your next labour of love. Sincerley, Michelle (aka Zeke).
Mpls, MN USA

Comments by Sam Elliott on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read your great book on a recent trip to Italy, it made a wonderful trip even better. Your ability to recreate the era of this legendary horse was incredible. His story is very compeling, and your story peels away the decades. Working in the thoroughbred industry I am very thankful for the positive attention your book is bringing to our business. Thank you again, I look forward to the movie. Sam Elliott
Salem, Ma USA

Comments by Peter Finch on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 04:08 IP Logged
Hear Laura Hillenbrand talk about her book on San Francisco radio. She'll be a guest on "At the Races" Saturday 3/31, 7-8 AM (Pacific Time) on KNBR 680. She'll also be part of a brief feature on racing on KFOG 104.5 FM airing Saturday 3/31, 6:30 AM (Pacific), re-airing Monday 4/2 at 5:15 AM and Thursday 4/5 at 8:40 AM. That piece can also be checked out on the web by going to www.kfog.com, scrolling down to the "Fogfiles" and clicking on "audio".
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by cortland free library on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:40 IP Logged
miss hillenbrand. thank you for your autographed copy of seabiscuit your grandparents are remembered, catalog card will identify you as granddaughter of john and olive dwyer will you also supply year of birth so book can be professionally cataloged, especially in view of local ties? regards and apreciation cortland free library (warren s eddy, library director)
cortland, n y USA

Comments by Doug Foley on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:33 IP Logged
Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read, or re-read, which I did on a number of passages, specifically an early paragraph describing the relationship between the horse and jockey and the race with War Admiral, which I read aloud to my wife. Brilliantly and powerfully written. Congratulations. This is a masterpiece.
Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Comments by Jerry Levine on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 03:23 IP Logged
Thanks for some wonderful evening readings about this great thoroughbred. Hope you continue to write about the "Sport of Kings".
Clifton, VA USA

Comments by Nicole "Nikki" Chalfant on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
Laura, As a child I remember you loving horses, it seems as though I remember you having a horse named Sea Buiscuit. You used to speak of your love for horses often. I was sitting in a waiting roon and picked up a magazine and saw your face and recognized you, you look so happy and have not changed much. I have just purchased the book on line and look forward to reading it. I wish you all the very best in your success and I will write again after I finish the book. Congratulations Laura. Nicole R. Chalfant
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Sue on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
It's been a very long time since I stayed up til 4:00am finishing a book. What a wonderful story. I'm a teacher, writer and horse owner and I will be using "Seabiscuit" in my classroom (middle school/high school kids, in a psychiatric facility). His enormous heart drives this story and the hearts of the people around him shine through in what can only be a very motivating way for my kids. I come from an eastern "horse family" and remember the stories of the great horses from my grandparents (huge race fans, long deceased). Thank you so much for bringing memories of them back to me and for bringing the story of Seabiscuit and his people to life in such an articulate and engaging way. I can think of about ten friends right off the bat that I want to encourage to read your book.
Parker, CO USA

Comments by John Abraytis on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
After reading your great book, it is quite obvious that Seabiscuit was a million times greater than Secretariat.
Melrose Park, IL USA

Comments by Carol Virr on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 02:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished reading "Seabiscuit", and want to thank you for a wonderfully eloquint book. My heroes have always been horses since I was a girl and read everything I could get my hands on about them - especially race horses. I have never lived anywhere near to a racetrack, so my visits were always literary, or via TV whenever possible. As a 14-year-old I remember reading David Alexander's weekly column in the Thoroughbred Record, and later his book "A Sound of Horses". I have never read anyone who wrote about horse racing the way he did - until now. Your "Seabiucuit" brings the horses to life as well as the people - and as David Alexander used to profess - it was the effect these great animals had on the humans around them that was the story. I loved your insights into the psyche of these great animals - to me thatis what places your book above most on racing. Facts and figures don't tell the tale - it's the emotions surrounding them we remember. Thank you for breathing life into the facts and figures that surround Seabiscuit, because of your book I have a new respect for this Great Horse. I hope you will continue to do the same for more of the Greats. I am looking forward to the movie - I hope you have enough input to keep it true to Seabiscuit. Again, I thank you. Great web site too!
Ottawa, Ont. Canada

Comments by Rebecca McClarran on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 09:23 IP Logged
Laura, As you know, horseracing in America began in Annapolis. In celebration, an exhibition of the beginning is planned for the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis in May. We are planning this as a kick-off for a permanent Horse Racing Museum in Maryland. Would you be interested in participating in any way? If so, please contact me. Seabiscuit is a Pimlico hero and your book was tremendous /Congratulations on a wonderful book. Rebecca Mizak
LaVale, MD USA

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