If you have read lots of books then you should have heard of The Horse Whisperer written by British author Nicholas Evans. The book was published twenty years ago in 1995 to much acclaim and went on to sell 15 million copies! Needless to say, it is one of my all-time favourite books. In 1998, the book was made into a movie by Robert Redford. It also starred this well-known Hollywood director/actor. Not bad for the former screen writer Nicholas Evans who prior to this bestselling novel was not widely known. Not bad either for a debut novel!
There are not many first-time writers who can claim their book sold 15 million copies! I love this book because it has got so much going on. It has adventure, romance, passion, the love affair between a young girl and her horse! Highly recommended!
Outline of The Horse Whisperer
If I can outline the novel for those of you who are looking for a good read. It opens tragically with the near fatal collision of Grace and her horse Pilgrim with a truck early one morning. This accident sets a whole series of events into motion. Annie Graves the mother of Grace realises that the life of her daughter is dependent upon the survival of her horse, Pilgrim. Against the advice of various vets to have the horse put down, Annie decides to seek the services of a ‘horse whisperer’ she has heard about.
Tom Booker is the horse whisperer and is initially reluctant to take on Pilgrim, due to the extent of his injuries. However, with the persistence of Annie he eventually agrees to help heal Pilgrim from the serious injuries he sustained at the beginning of the book. There soon begins a passionate romance between Annie and the horse whisperer, Tom Booker. Dare I mention that Annie is a married woman – oh, how the plot thickens. Did I say I love this book!
I think the real beauty of the book though lies in it’s ending. You will not see it coming!
When I feel like an absorbing read I always turn to The Horse Whisperer as it reminds me of why I’m drawn to creative writing and strive to excel at it. I find the writing style of Nicholas Evans expressive and very descriptive; it makes you feel that you are right there in Montana, USA (where the book is set). It hardly feels like a work of fiction, the characters are so life-like! Personally, I didn’t know I liked horses so much until I read The Horse Whisperer. The book draws you into the gentle powers and majesty of horses and how the relationship between man and beast can be so connected and ultimately redemptive.
Do check out Nicholas Evans’ other titles:
- The Loop
- The Smoke Jumper
- The Brave
- The Divide
Take your pick, they are all excellent reads!
Until next time,
Happy Reading (and writing), S