Making it Happen: The Autobiography (Anglais) Relié – 8 mai 2014
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I purchased through Amazon for Kindle, the quickest and easiest way I find to read a book (at the moment).
I thought it was a really interesting read and a very insightful look into his life. From growing up on Sark, the family situation (or lack thereof), all the people who contributed along the way and the various horses being bought, trained and sold.
I can’t say it’s a really flowing read, I perhaps more took it from the perspective that you were getting 101 short stories or almost snippets. Not a continued novel as such flowing from one place to the next but more so a tale about a trip, leading into a lovely piece of gossip about another horse or person encountered.
Insightful from the perspective in that you see (or read) just how damn hard he has worked, the risks he has taken and the ultimate belief in what he was doing. I also love the way the 2012 Olympics is talked about like just another show, which of course it is for the horses and riders attending but not for the rest of the world. You loose the grandiose ideas and in comes all the normal dramas encountered from stabling to warm-up arenas and placement on draws.
I thought it was lovely how he spoke of Isabell Werth and her congratulating people on well deserved wins. The people he has met along the way, including Dr B, Charlotte and the various tales of acquiring trucks and facilities. Oh and I laughed when Jilly Cooper gets a mention!
Hester's life story is so improbable I'm not sure you could weave it into a convincing fictional tale (and as a fiction writer myself, I certainly wouldn't dare)--he was born into an unhorsey family (the child of a single mother), grew up on a remote island, took his first horse-related job at a therapeutic riding center...and finally make it to the Olympics. I loved reading about what life was like growing up on the island of Sark as well as his hilarious and self-depreciating anecdotes about the eventing, dressage, and general equestrian scene in Great Britain from the 1970s onward. His descriptions of the various horses and dressage tests he has ridden really make them come to life as if you are riding along with him.
My only tiny complaint (besides the somewhat rambling structure) is that I would have liked perhaps a bit more in the way of background details on some of the people--it's often taken for granted that the reader knows who he's talking about, without any introductory description, even for some of the more obscure personalities. And I wouldn't have minded a bit more detailed behind-the-scenes gossip but perhaps I'm just being greedy.