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"Coal Black Horse, Robert Olmstead's magisterial sixth book, is as sensate as poetry and forbidding as any squall, steeped in detail but bound by few storytelling conventions. I wondered, as I read it, if it might be classified as Black Horse is a remarkable creation." —The Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune)/5(). Coal Black Horse was a horrific and starkly beautiful civil war novel. Sparse in prose yet deeply expressive, it captures the reality and hopelessness of war and the loss of innocence with a style and imagery reminiscent of “You have to know, son/5. Coal Black Horse and millions of other books are available for instant access. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required/5(). Robert Olmstead is the author of eight previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University/5(24).
Coal Black Horse joins the pantheon of great war novels—All Quiet on the Western Front, The Red Badge of Courage, The Naked and the Dead. Read more Read less Length: pages/5(). The novel, The Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead is filled with symbolism. The book centers on Robey Child who symbolizes the loss of innocence that forces both children and adults, to pay with a part of their soul to survive.5/5(2). Like all folkloric heroes, Robey is given gifts to help him on his journey, but the greatest is the coal black horse. The boy is smart enough to know that the horse is smarter than he is, and he allows the animal to be his protector and guide. His novel Coal Black Horse () has received national acclaim, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction; it was also selected for the "On the Same Page Cincinnati" reading program and the Choose to Read Ohio’s booklist/5.
Coal Black Horse is a beautifully written, enduring story; elements of a traditional American coming-of-age story, accessibly lyrical, and intensely violently. Set in the Civil War Era South, the abject inhumanity encountered by Robey brings him fact-to 5/5(5). Riding a talismanic coal black horse, he embarks upon a life-altering journey that will challenge him physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Read More When year-old Robey Child is sent by his mother to search for his father, a doomed soldier, he witnesses the horrors of war both on and off the battlefield.5/5(1). Morphew tells Robey that he is “in for an education” (page 21). After a battle later in the story, Robey has this encounter with the coal black horse (page ): “Then he urged the horse on and it hesitated before responding as if to acknowledge that its rider had learned some valuable lesson and . Coal Black Horse. Home / Books / Coal Black Horse. By Robert Olmstead Added May 6, When Robey Childs's mother has a premonition about her husband, a soldier fighting in the Civil War, she does the unthinkable: she sends her only child .