The Island Stallion Races

The Island Stallion Races

Walter Farley / Jan 23, 2020

The Island Stallion Races More than anything Steve Duncan dreams of racing his huge wild stallion Flame The horse is untrained but incredibly fast and Steve just wants to show him off When two strangers show up and offer t

  • Title: The Island Stallion Races
  • Author: Walter Farley
  • ISBN: 9780394843759
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than anything, Steve Duncan dreams of racing his huge, wild stallion, Flame The horse is untrained, but incredibly fast and Steve just wants to show him off When two strangers show up and offer to make Steve s dream a reality, Steve cannot believe his luck But soon he realizes that a professional racetrack is no place for an unbroken stallion.

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      • Walter Farley

        Walter Farley s love for horses began when he was a small boy living in Syracuse, New York, and continued as he grew up in New York City, where his family moved Young Walter never owned a horse But unlike most city children, he had little trouble gaining firsthand experience with horses his uncle was a professional horseman, and Walter spent much of his time at the stables with him He wasn t the most successful trainer of race horses, Mr Farley recalled, and in a way I profited by it He switched from runners to jumpers to show horses to trotters and pacers, then back to runners again Consequently, I received a good background in different kinds of horse training and the people associated with each Walter Farley began to write his first book, THE BLACK STALLION, while he was a student at Brooklyn s Erasmus Hall High School and Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, and finished it while he was an undergraduate at Columbia University It was published by Random House when he was 26 He used his first advance to go traveling and after that hardly stopped longer than it took him to write another book He traveled and lived in Mexico, Hawaii, the South Seas, most of the South American countries, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe.The appearance of THE BLACK STALLION in 1941 was hailed by enthusiastic boys and girls all over the country An avalanche of mail urged Mr Farley to write about Alec Ramsey and the Black But World War II intervened Mr Farley went into the US Army, where he spent the next five years Most of the time he was assigned to Yank, the army weekly magazine, and he was also trained in the Fourth Ard Division.After the war Walter Farley resumed the adventures of Alec and the Black with THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS This was followed by SON OF THE BLACK STALLION Then Mr Farley tried his hand at a story about a new boy, Steve Duncan, and a new horse, Flame, in THE ISLAND STALLION Mr Farley s readers were just as delighted with this book as his others.Mr Farley went on to write many stories about the two stallions, and about other horses as well Children of all ages have found Farley titles to enjoy, since many of the later stories were written for Mr Farley s own children when they were too young to read his Stallion novels And older readers and adults have been gripped by his fictionalized biography of America s greatest Thoroughbred, Man O War Walter Farley s titles reached a grand total of 34 The 21 Black Stallion and Island Stallion stories are still in print and selling steadily His readers respond with passion, writing him thousands of letters and emails every year In May 1949, the first Black Stallion Club was founded, in Kentucky Mr Farley designed a membership button for it the button was in constant demand among his readers for years The Black Stallion books were so popular in the late 1940s and 50s that they York Times annual list of best selling children s books Three nationwide Black Stallion contests were held Walter Farley s books have been published abroad in than 20 countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Israel, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaya, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as in the United States and Canada.All his life Walter Farley remained a keen spectator of the racing scene, and he enjoyed nothing than hobnobbing with horse trainers and other professional horsemen It is thanks to these people that his books are so full of authentic details of raising and training horses When not busy working or traveling, Mr Farley liked to ride dressage and high school Lippizaner horses He also sailed and sometimes raced his 35 foot auxiliary sloop Circe Mr Farley and his wife Rosemary, had four children Pam, Alice, Steve, and Tim, whom they raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and in a beach house in Florida In addit


    1. What a bizarre book! I suppose every author, in the midst of a lengthy and popular series, faces the temptation at some point to break out of the well-worn groove and try something really different. This book is Walter Farley succumbing to that temptation, and the results is a quirky delight. Not perfect, but I really enjoyed the ride.

    2. This was a pivotal book in my life. It guided my reading concentration straight from horse books to science fiction, by the clever combination of genres.

    3. This horse story is Walter Farley's gentle foray into science fiction. They were all doing it, even Biggles flew over a strange magnetic Tibetan mountain (Biggles Hits The Trail) and Farley may have felt his books had become typecast. Or maybe he was having a bit of fun with a book which no editor would have taken from a first-time author.Steve Duncan has discovered an island with horses left by the Conquistadores in The Island Stallion, one of Farley's best works. Returning for a visit he finds [...]

    4. I thought I'd read all of Walter Farley's book, but I don't ever remember reading this one before. I've always loved The Island Stallion, but must not have ever read all of the others with Flame and Steve in them. The first thing I noticed when I read this was how simplistic the writing style was. It seemed outdated as well. This didn't deter me from reading it because I know that it was written in the 50s and is classified as a book for younger readers.What really surprised me was the (view spo [...]

    5. With The Island Stallion Races, Walter Farley takes a detour into sci-fi. This is much different than most of the rest of the books in the series, although the racing theme is ever-present. Steve and Flame are still the highlight of the book, however other characters are introduced, temporary though they might be. Overall it's an interesting take on Steve and Flame's relationship - young boy and wild horse with an understanding between them - as well as a way for Steve to realize his dream of ra [...]

    6. When I was eight and nine years old, I read everything I could get my hands on by Walter Farley. I remember, from a distance of more than fifty years, being thrilled when beings from another world showed up in this one!

    7. I thought I had read all the available Black and Island Stallion books that were out when I was reading horse books. I really don't think I read this one for some reason, but I might've. Having said that, the next time I read it, I was already well into my science fiction journey. I was pleased, to a point, with the aliens taking Flame to race in Cuba (this was pre-Castro just like Guys and Dolls.)I wish I could say I like the racing stuff, but on the second read the UFO and the aliens were my f [...]

    8. "We’re not the same without animals."What did I just read?I adore horse books. I adore Walter Farley's books. I'm not quite sure what this Island Stallion book was. I mean, there were horses, yes, but. it's a science fiction horse novel? I don't know. It's very strange. That aspect takes me out of what I love about Farley's books: they're realistic. This as aspects of realism, interspersed with aliens. I just don't know how to shelve this in my head.

    9. Sometimes I wish Mystery Science Theater 3000 did books as well as movies. This would have been a great one for them to demolish. Why? Here's the premise:Two aliens from another planet decide to go into Thoroughbred horse racing. They select for their one-horse stable Flame, the Island Stallion. But in order to race Flame, they need the cooperation of the only boy who can ride him, Our Hero Steve. Think Walter Farley was getting sick of writing about horses?On the plus side, it's about the only [...]

    10. The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt The Island Stallion Races The Black Stallion's Courage The Black Stallion Mystery The Horse-Tamer (all by Walter Farley) I stepped away from my re-read of this series as I just knew the two books listed first were coming up. Even as a child I never cared for the books without Alec and the Black. These two (Sulky Colt and Island Stallion Races) were even worse than I remembered. I wonder if The Island Stallion Races is what turned me off of sci-fi. The Black Stalli [...]

    11. The great thing about Walter Farley was his ability to get away with writing things that otherwise wouldn't necessarily be present in an average everyday horse book. In this book, it was the presence of aliens manipulating the situation so that Flame, the island stallion, would face the Black. Pretty fascinating. The story, as always, contained the deep and epic love of boys for their horses in a way that no other author has really captured since.Enjoyable, entertaining--- Walter Farley alone is [...]

    12. I have no memory of this aside from the drawings. Walt, Walt, Walt, what were you thinking? Aliens? Aliens with a passion for horse racing? Aliens with a passion for horse racing so strong they are willing to transport a boy and his wild stallion from the middle of the Caribbean to Havana so they can race in the Internacional? Ludicrous, every word. The race scenes are, of course, stellar. The rest is laughable.

    13. This book really struck a chord with me as a kid. I read this series out of order, and I think I read this one near the end. Suiting, as it has such a different tone than the others. 11 year old me thought the aliens were the coolest thing ever, and I still have dreams relating to the inside of that spaceship. Of course, this is a Walter Farley book, and there are more than enough horsey things to keep anyone who's read this far into the series interested.

    14. (view spoiler)[Aliens. Freaking aliens. Aliens that love horse-racing, no less. (hide spoiler)]This is where Farley well and truly jumped off the cliffs of sanity. Prepare to be weirded out!If you're not wholeheartedly devoted to reading each and every book in the series, this would be the one to skip.

    15. I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

    16. To be honest I didn't finish reading it and I didn't look on the back cover to see what it was about, or I wouldn't have read it. I usually like not knowing but it really surprised me that he would put aliens in it and it did't help that the boy was alone with mind readers.

    17. I kept waiting for the punchline because no way would Walter Farley introduce an element of science fiction into a series about horses and the race culture. And yet he did. And I thought it was pretty well-handled, considering the jump in genre.

    18. While not as bad as "The Black Stallion Legend", this is clearly the point where either Walter Farley went completely off the rails, or just said "Aw, screw it, I'm getting paid anyway." Horserace-loving aliens. That's really all you need to know.

    19. It was definately a good read, but I find it very odd that walter farley would write about people from another world? But the message near the end of the book is one that I will most definately teach to my son.

    20. As a kid I read every Walter Farley book published that I could get my hands on - Island Stallion was more fun if you just loved horses. Black Stallion books got too much into horse racing.

    21. The first book was the story of a boy and a horse, but the series grows with books on similar themes of overcoming adversity and animal/human bonding. Loved them as a kid.

    22. Found my diary from 1962 with a list of books read complete with ratings. Alas, no comments. I remember I devoured all the Farley books but preferred the Island Stallion to the Black.

    23. This is an extremely strange book. It seems as if some extraterrestrials help Steve realise his dream to race Flame. At the end Steve thinks it is a dream but his friend finds a newspaper.

    24. Why on earth would Walter Farley add aliens to this series for no reason? It just made the whole book really weird, and not in a good way.

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