And a quick reference on mustangs in general - the BLM, the U.S. agency that oversees the mustangs, offers online adoptions. For anyone who fantasizes about what you'd buy if you had the money, time, or remotely the skills to buy a wild horse, it's kinda addictive.
And a review which has little to do with mustangs except that the main characters are from the West, and their racehorses were originally wild. I'm not sure how that worked out with the Jockey Club when they went to the track, but who would dream of asking difficult questions of a horse book?
Tamarlane, Strange Son Of Desert Storm
1959, Dodd, Mead & Company
...the gate crashed open and a black and a gray body half reared in the openings, hung suspended for a fleeting instant, then flashed into the sunlight.
This third in a four-book series opens with Ponce Stuart's two champion racehorses, the black
To interject - the mare being raced while pregnant seems bizarre, the breakdown scene is heartbreaking, and the scenario that she is saved from death by a sling and cast seems dubious. Onward.
Shaken by the mare's tragedy and his own hard fall,
Three of the legs were perfectly formed, long and straight, with the big knees and ankles of all foals. The fourth, the right foreleg, was the same except for one thing. From ankle to hoof it was a solid, shapeless, queerly twisted lump.
After the first shock,
Despite the attractive illustrations and pleasingly over-the-top plots, Forster's books are plodding. The writing style is overripe, with a few too many trips to the Apache heritage well, and neither human nor equine characters seem particularly real. With one exception - Tamarlane's lazy, oddball personality does stand out in comparison to his more standard-issue parents, the brave mare and the wild stallion.
I could find out little for certain about the author. There are hints that he was born in
When it comes to stubbornness, feigned idiocy, laziness and complete lovableness, Mighwar has no equal on this earth.
Also, Forster mentions in the author's note in Tamarlane that he based the
Desert Storm (1955)
Mountain Stallion (1958)
Tamarlane, Strange Son Of Desert Storm (1959)
Stand-alone horse book
Run Fast! Run Far! (1962)
Proud Land (1954) - appears to be about an Apache chief
Anger In The Wind (1974) - appears to be a romantic saga about the early West
Odds and Ends
The full text of Mountain Stallion is available at Internet Archives
The pedigree of Mighwar, the model for Tamarlane
He also did editions of the comic series Classics Illustrated
Other books illustrated by Gerald McCann
Brumby, The Wild White Stallion by Mary Elwyn Patchett
Tam The Untamed by Mary Elwyn Patchett
Rosina Copper, Mystery Mare by Kitty Barne
The Conspiracy Of
Typee by Herman Melville
The Lion Of The North by G.A. Hentry
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
The Conspiractor by Alexandre Dumas, pere
The Food Of The Gods by H.G. Wells
Tom Brown's School Days
Gerald McCann at AskArt
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