The novel focuses on the ability of ordinary people, particularly women, to accomplish great things. by Egmont Books. In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase. A very quick review as I'm going away tomorrow. "AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Velvet&oldid=993166838, British novels adapted into television shows, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 December 2020, at 03:38. The book is a few decades old now, so it assumes some basic knowledge of what the Grand National is, as well as how hard it would be for a young girl to ride in the race. The National Hunt Committee finds no evidence of fraud, exonerates all involved, and Velvet and her family return to their ordinary lives; or rather, Velvet goes on "to her next adventures", for clearly she is a person to whom great things happen. I remember, as a kid, trying and trying to read this book. Fortunately within the story this 'dream' was made possible and i remember myself reading this when i was younger and cheering at the end of the book, being that i was so happy in the knowlege that the main character and my heroine had sucseeded majestically. which led to a lovely "Velvet" detour. Are you an author? I am still a horse-crazy girl in a 55-year-old body, however, with horses! My issue is with the style and content of the story -- because the overall plot is just dandy! Let me be the best rider in England!" And what a lovely book it is - yes, yes, the triumph of the human spirit and all that, which, by the way, can never be overdone in children's or YA or ANY literature for that matter - but Enid Bagnold laid it. It's quite a good movie. But written accurately as to what it all wouldve been like. C $7.55. Written by A.L.Beneteau Plot Summary | … National Velvet Book and Charm (Charming Classics Series) 320. by Enid Bagnold. A 1978 film sequel, International Velvet, was made starring Tatum O'Neal as Sarah Brown, a young orphaned American teenager living in England with her aunt Velvet Brown (Nanette Newman) after Sarah's parents die in a car accident. After that Mi (her best friend). Working with Arizona Pie, Sarah is selected to represent Britain in the equine three-day Olympic event. After that Mi (her best friend) tells her that she should enter the Grand National. To cast the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor, who could no more pass for a boy than a Kardashian, to play the frankly unattractive Velvet was a sell out and a slap in the face to any plain, flat chested girl with a dream who might have been inspired by the book. Richly atmospheric of rural English life between the World Wars, National Velvet has enchanted generations of readers since its 1935 debut. The book that inspired the classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor, National Velvet is a true classic. After completing the book, we watched the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. -- The New York Times "Humorous, charming, National Velvet is a little masterpiece." Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high... A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I started this book with my 10 year old daughter as a read aloud as I loved the movie from my childhood. 'National Velvet' is not what I thought it would be. This book brought the world of steeplechasing, England's culture, racing culture, to me. A truly magical story that has been on my favourite books list since I was a child. It was tough to get into. "International Velvet" is a movie. From shop KeenoRama. The race speeds by so fast - more page time is given to the media than to the race - and yet the entire novel turns on those few pages. Piebald was a horse who had a mind of his own he hated being kept in his own field plus he liked to jump so almost everyday he would jump out of his field and venture into the town. What age group would this book be appropriate for? I loved the movie, but never could figure out why they made the horse a big chestnut instead of what he was, a Piebald, which is how he got his name. Rather oddly written -- it took me a few chapters to get used to the style (and, rather like, I haven't read this book for a while, but when I was like Velvet, a young, horse-crazy dreamer, this book was a definite big hit. Velvet and The Piebald become instant celebrities, with Velvet and her family nearly drowning in notoriety (echoing her mother's unsought fame after swimming the English Channel), complete with merchandising. From shop TabithasBookshop. C $11.41. For me, Elizabeth Taylor WAS Velvet Brown, and this is how I'll always remember her. It was written in 1935, so of course it's aged. It's really not for children at all--it's far grittier in places yet irresistibly intimate and realistic in regards to the gentle bickering of families and working class backgrounds.  Velvet becomes obsessed with winning the horse in an upcoming raffle and riding him to greatness. Among the summaries and analysis available for National Velvet , there are 1 Full Study Guide, 1 Short Summary and 2 Book Reviews. The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the wo. Long before Dick Frances wrote about racing, Enid Bagnold wrote about a girl who dreamed of riding in the Grand National, the toughest Steeplechase in the world. ENID BAGNOLD'S NATIONAL VELVET Wyndham, Lee, Adapted and Abriged By Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1961) That Velvet is the only homely child in the household, again, Bagnold creates triumph out of the female spirit t. Even as a middle aged woman, National Velvet remains one of the most beautifully yet earnestly written books I've ever read. I desperately wanted to spend time with fictional horses. To see what your friends thought of this book, Its a timeless story. Elizabeth Taylor was given "The Pie" as a birthday gift after filming was over. How do you rate a book like this? One day they both watch The Piebald jump over a five-foot-high cobbled fence to escape a field. National Velvet Summary National Velvet is a stirring reminder that one does not have to wait until maturity to arrive at greatness; one need not be held back by gender or lack of money. I suspect not, but since my acquaintance with modern girls is small, I don't know.) That Velvet is the only homely child in the household, again, Bagnold creates triumph out of the female spirit that doesn't depend on beauty. There were times that we could not decipher whose emotions we were reading about, a dog, horse, child or adult.  In the film the horse, who was solid coloured, hence not a piebald (British English) or pinto (American English), was renamed The Pie. The only way that i can describe it is when reading this story it was like opening a window into your heart and glimpsing ones dreams & aspirations within. And dare I say I detested the film. Love don't seem dainty on a fat woman. The storyline was refreshing and tender but the writing style was choppy. I devoured horse books as a child, but somehow never read this one. All has been rectified now. For the 1980s Canadian rock band National Velvet, see. Her gender is discovered in the first-aid station. They were an amazing match. One of the best books ever written about childhood, adulthood and all the days in between. We read many books outloud, this one was the most laborious. When Mi is running and crying and pushing through the crowds, unable to even see Velvet in the race, it's heart pounding. The novel was made into a more or less faithful, highly successful film version in 1944, starring twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, with Donald Crisp, Anne Revere and a young Angela Lansbury. -- Time "Put on your not-to-be-missed list." Ages 8-12) $ 9.75. National Velvet. To read it you can go to the library and borrow it, or buy a copy. “I don’t like people,” said Velvet. The rural way of life, in which most dogs aren't pets, your pony is your means of transportation instead of your hobby, and the village is a long walk away- all pretty much gone. I also take exception to the way Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) was portrayed as a young man of questionable character. Though I've treasured this since I was 12, I'd completely forgotten to include it here until "Flicka"'s lyrical narration on the Hallmark Channel sent me scrambling for book excerpts online (thru red, swollen eyes, of course - hey it's a horse flick!) I encountered this novel in a Short Story collection. A young girl at church today told me she had five horses. — Time "Put on your not-to-be-missed list." It was written in 1935, so of course it's aged. National Velvet (Book and Charm) Paperback – May 28, 2002 by Enid Bagnold (Author) › Visit Amazon's Enid Bagnold Page. They clicked right away. Okay, rant over. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of … She eventually gets some from a deceased friend she made and she also got Piebald. This aired on NBC for 52 episodes. Also the story just wasn’t grabbing us. This book was truly inspiring and empowering from the point of view of someone who had racing dreams as a child and who longed to one day (similarly to the main character) be able to ride an altheletic horse at high speed in a race. If you can put aside the evolution of The Pie from being a piebald gelding in the novel, t. "International Velvet" is a movie. Corageous and thought provoking this novel was such an enjoyable read that has really stood the test of time and still proves even today that it is and always will be a firm favourite, and a book that many will love both adults and children alike. Is it a race book? Add to Favorites National Velvet TabithasBookshop. Velvet then asks Mi about "Beecher's Brook" and he reluctantly reveals that it is a difficult jump at the Grand National Steeplechase course. Velvet wins the race, but is disqualified for dismounting too soon after she slides off the saddle due to exhaustion. The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National. Download National Velvet Study Guide Subscribe Now The first-time reader of the book will be happily surprised to see that, like many literary classics, it is written for all ages. The racing world is both dismayed and fascinated by a young girl's winning its toughest race. It's marketed as a children's book, but when I read it as a pre-teen there's no way I got all the subtleties that the author works into her themes. National Velvet, vintage illustrated book, for young readers, by Enid Bagnold, The Piebald / Velvet Brown, 1961 KeenoRama. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! June 5th 2003 (Do girls still do that? Get this from a library! Of course, girls couldn't be jockeys, so the heroine must pretend to be one. It champions women: the obese mother and the skeletal daughter with buck teeth. NATIONAL VELVET, by Enid Bagnold, tells the story of thin, sickly 14-year-old Velvet Brown and how she beats the odds to become an internationally regarded horsewoman. I can't recommend it too highly. There's nowhere I know that wou. Mi trained Velvet and The Piebald to enter -- and win -- the Grand National. I dislike the movie with Elizabeth Taylor very much, mainly because MGM didn't take the trouble to find a piebald jumper, or even a white jumper that black patches could be applied to with dye, but instead added to the story to explain why Velvet called him "The Pie". — The New Yorker A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! I remember when reading this book that I fell into the story, I think I breathed it an. Refresh and try again. It's quite a good movie. Emotive and captivating this book really does tug on the heartstrings and leave you breathless, whilst following a double story of the young girl and also her horse. It's marketed as a children's book, but when I read it as a pre-teen there's no way I got all the subtleties that the author works into her themes. Sometimes, I just can't stand books written in "old" style writing, but I just adored. Two of her sisters disappeared, and the many canaries that one sister bred were reduced to paper pictures. Goodreads is not an online reading site. My children and I just read this book together. [Enid Bagnold] -- A fourteen-year-old English girl wins a horse in a raffle, trains it, and rides it in the Grand National steeplechase. Mi remarks that "a horse like that'd win the National". See search results for this author. 6-8 Genre. (I also read dog books, but I still read those. Hardcover ... Mark V. Ziesing Books , 1997 (click for more details about SLIPPAGE: PRECARIOUSLY POISED, PREVIOUSLY UNCOLLECTED STORIES [SIGNED]) Signed First Edition MYRA BRECKINRIDGE [SIGNED] by Vidal, Gore . Learn about Author Central. The youngest daughter, Velvet (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse for the Grand National - England's greatest racing event. , National Velvet was presented on Hallmark Playhouse on the CBS radio network on 6 October 1949. I don't see where you're getting "misogyny." Its negative aspects impressed themselves so much on my mind that I felt that the book itself warranted another separate review. While working with the horse with trainer Captain Johnson (Anthony Hopkins), she falls for an American competitor, Scott Saunders (Jeffrey Byron). 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