Come Down the Mountain

Come Down the Mountain

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552520330
  • 9780552520331

Review Text

Given the identity of the author, you expect a horse as the catalyst of a problem situation, but Martin Rides the Moor and Tall and Proud don't quite prepare you for the acerbic social drama triggered here by absentee owners' neglect of an old thoroughbred. After furtive visits to the field where the horse helplessly awaits winter, sixteen-year-old Brenda, Fatso even to her friends, begs her father to take him in, and after hearing her toss sleeplessly for four nights, he agrees, knowing that the family must risk offending the seigniorial Bassetts or lose respect for each other and for themselves. Father George's finest moment is leading the limping beast with Brenda through the Devonshire village to their improvised stable. Thereafter the recovery of the horse is alternately his story (with a wry vignette of the pecking order among construction workers) and hers (with ample evidence of the cruelty of adolescents, including a ghastly party). Through the inevitable confrontation between the aroused villagers and vested rights over ownership of the horse, there's a reflection of the Amis-Osborne orientation. This, the almost untempered maturity and the frequent reliance on interior monologue define and limit the readership but it's well done and well worth trying. (Kirkus Reviews)show more