I've wanted to do this for a while now, and if anyone would like to join in and make it a blog hop, I'd be delighted.
In short, on Fridays this summer, I'll be re-reading the books in Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. I'll try to match up what I read with my childhood memories, point out absurdities, revel in nostalgia, and raise some bigger picture questions.
So here's the list of the series according to Wikipedia:
- The Black Stallion (1941)
- The Black Stallion Returns (1945)
- Son of the Black Stallion (1947)
- The Island Stallion (1948)
- The Black Stallion and Satan (1949)
- The Blood Bay Colt (1951)
- The Island Stallion's Fury (1951)
- The Black Stallion's Filly (1952)
- The Black Stallion Revolts (1953)
- The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt (1954)
- The Island Stallion Races (1955)
- The Black Stallion's Courage (1956)
- The Black Stallion Mystery (1957)
- The Horse Tamer (1958)
- The Black Stallion and Flame (1960)
- Man o' War (1962)
- The Black Stallion Challenged (1964)
- The Black Stallion's Ghost (1969)
- The Black Stallion and the Girl (1971)
- The Black Stallion Legend (1983)
They span 42 years of publishing; Walter Farley wrote the first book while still in high school, which explains a lot. There are some real highs (no joke, I still get choked up thinking about the end of The Black Stallion and Satan) and oh boy, are there some lows that I bet we've all repressed together. I'll get to them all. Obviously, this will take me past the summer and into the fall - I'll decide in September or so whether I want to keep going or save the second half of them for next summer.
Next week, I start with The Black Stallion itself, the OG. I started reading it earlier this week and my most pressing question so far is what exactly does it mean when a horse whistles? Can someone help me puzzle this out? It's clearly not a high pitched screaming whinny, because the Black also screams CONSTANTLY. But he announces every.single.thing. he does with a whistle and it's making me crazy.