Hope is hard to come by in the hard luck town of Willow Creek Sam Pickett and five young men are about to change that.Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried up shell of a town on the western edge of the world He s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects There s a spirit that endures in Willow Creek, Montana It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place or a reason for staying.As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team zero wins, ninety three losses , Sam can t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people including his own young players bearing their sorrows and broken dreams How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become real as relatives, and their stories so full of humor and passion, loss and determination illuminate a path into the human heart....
|Title||:||Blind Your Ponies|
|Publisher||:||Algonquin Books Reprint edition January 18, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||683 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Blind Your Ponies Reviews
This book was recommended by my sister, who lives in Montana, I live in PA. Although I am not a basketball fan, high school or otherwise, I found this book so well written that I found myself living in the small town of Willow Creek, Montana, and a part of the lives of the people living there. The author weaves the characters' lives in this small town together, with their own troubles and skeletons in the closets, with their love and support of the boys. I didn't want the story to end. The icing on the cake for me was when I was visiting my sister and her husband recently, they surprised me with a visit to Willow Creek, Montana and I experienced the story by seeing the Blue Willow cafe, which is now yellow and called the Willow Creek cafe, the high school, the tandem bicycle sitting on the porch of the cafe....I felt the characters' presence, their lives and I wished it was real and I could visit with them all. Basketball fan or not, reading this book is a journey of hope, faith, perseverance and love.
In an effort to flee the big city after his wife is killed in a senseless shooting Sam Pickett takes a teaching job in a desolate little town in western Montana called Willow Creek. In attempt to shake his depression and sometime thoughts of "Blind Your Ponies", an old Indian myth, he decides to take the position of coach for the high school basketball team that has a record of 0-93 over the last three seasons. Thus begins the basketball journey that winds it way through this wonderful story.
Sam Pickett is the coach of the Willow Creek High School basketball team. He's also an English teacher at the school who is prone to place events within the context of Cervantes' Don Quixote. Willow Creek is a very small town in a thinly populated region in Montana. There are only nineteen students in the high school. Yet, the "Broncs" still manage to compete in basketball, although they had lost ninety-three consecutive games at the point this novel begins.
I just read a 2004 review where a reader said he and his wife had to skim this book to get past the author's poor writing. While I struggled through the first 100 pages in doubt--as the author tossed in and developed character after character and I kept forgetting names-- it finally came to me that the author was taking great pains to paint a deep, powerful story. It was time for me to shut up and listen. When I finally stopped fighting and accepted the author's lead, I found the book excellent. And, yes, I skimmed nothing, reading every word, because I realized the author wanted me to read it all. I really respect West for pulling no punches. Everything goes wrong for everyone throughout the book. I kept waiting for the team of struggling boys to finally win, yet they kept losing. Everything and everyone seems hopeless. What gets each "loser" through are little things--a pancake, a swearing parrot, a loving grandmother, a high-five to a handicapped girl. In that sense, this is a really old-fashioned book, a story of unhappy people still rising up to help each other. And when the author finally dares to toss in some hope, when a few good things start happening, the book becomes magical. This is a great summer read--a book that becomes impossible to put down. The highest compliment a novel can get is that your life is changed and never the same after you read it. Blind Your Ponies is such a book. Even at the book's end, the title leaves me struggling to accept what I think the author means by it. I felt several meanings in "blind your ponies," all of them powerful.