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quote 2014-09-20 05:36
Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you --- indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you.
Awakening: A Sufi Experience - Hazrat Inayat Khan,Vilayat Inayat Khan

~Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Ibn al 'Arabi, Awakening: A Sufi Experience

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text 2013-10-21 11:03
30 Day Challenge: Day 21
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian - Marguerite Henry

Day 21: First novel 

 

I was almost seven, and my dad was reading this aloud to my brother and me. He went on a business trip a couple of chapters into the book, and I just couldn't wait to see what happened. My mom, who spent hours reading aloud to us during the day, was busy putting my toddler sisters to bed, promised to read the next chapter as soon as she could, but I was impatient. After all, I'd been waiting since the evening before, which seemed an eternity. So I picked up the book and muddled along myself.

 

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review 2012-08-09 00:00
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian - Marguerite Henry A children's book from the 40s.Tells the tale of the arrival of the first Arabian horse into the UK and the founding of the breed of horses that race to this day.While I am prepared to accept that it may have elements of truth, it far too neatly falls into the realms of fairy tale story for me to accept that it is in any way a faithful representation of the story. Agba is a mute horseboy in the court of the Sultan. He has a favourite colt, a bay the colour of the sun, who he calls Sham. This horse is marked with a white spot of speed on his heel. Agba, Sham and 5 other pairs of boys & horses are selected as a great gift to the French King. Only they don't arrive in good condition, the horses being underfed and looking good for nothing but the knacker's yard on arrival. It then goes from bad to worse in France before he's rescued and brought to England. it doesn't go smoothly there either, still being put to work pulling carts, and as a mount at a stable rather the the racer Sham was destined to be. Sham never does win a race, but his offspring do, and he lives out his life in a pampered state. Agba is less lucky. The Sultan said that the horseboys were to stay with their horses until the horse died, and at that point the mute boy returns to Morocco.I found it a pleasant enough read, but was left with far too many unanswered questions. Agba seems never to communicate with anyone but the horse, so how come he managed to stay with it all the way through? How can this be a true story, if he can't communicate - how can he tell what he & the horse endured? It just didn't hold true to me. Having said that, it's a children's book. I never went through a horsey stage, but I imagine it would entrance any 8 year old who did.
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review 2011-07-08 00:00
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian - Marguerite Henry A beautiful tale. The flash forward at the beginning an excellent introduction to the story.
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review 2008-01-01 00:00
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian - Marguerite Henry This is the story of the founding father of racehorses, Sham, “King of the Wind,” and his friend, the stable boy, Agba. The story begins in Morocco where the sultan sends Sham and Agba off to France as a gift for the king. But the French laugh at the little horse and Sham is sent off to a series of owners, here and there, loved and hated, until he finally ends up in England. It is only in England when the true nature of Sham’s racing abilities are realized through his offspring, three horses who win for their owner prize after prize.
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