Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

For fans of Helen Macdonald?s H Is for Hawk, this is the extraordinary debut memoir of a young woman who traveled to Mongolia to compete in the world?s longest, toughest horse race, and emerged as its youngest and first-ever female winner. At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to ?the world?s longest, toughest horse race??an annual competiti For fans of Helen Macdonald?s H Is for Hawk, this is the extraordinary debut memoir of a young woman wh...

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Title:Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race
Author:Lara Prior-Palmer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Rough Magic
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Reviews

  • karen
    May 02, 2019
    NOW AVAILABLE!!! there is a 1,000 kilometer horse race in mongolia called the mongol derby with the reputation of being ?the world?s longest, toughest horse race.? human riders mount a series of 25 wild ponies, swapping ?em out every 40 kilometers ?to ensure the endurance ...
  • Jane
    May 09, 2019
    I wanted and expected very much to like this, because a story about a long distance horse race in Mongolia is just cool. And the race does sound like an amazing experience, but something about the writing didn't work for me. The tone just sounded very....young, or maybe her self descri...
  • Abigail
    May 18, 2019
    Mixed feelings about this one. At times, the author seems quite flakey, entitled, reckless, but then she will hit you with a gorgeous sentence that is so good you have to write it down. Her allusions to The Tempest don't really seem to work and some of her deep thoughts about space and...
  • Rae
    Jun 10, 2019
    Rough Magic is what would have happened if Annie Dillard had written Cheryl Strayed?s account of Wild. Beautifully searching and eager for movement, Lara Prior-Palmer writes about competition, landscape, and home, intertwined with her narrative of winning the world?s most dangerous...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 02, 2019
    My review for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/review-rou... The Mongol Derby has only been around since 2009, but it immediately garnered and continues to hold the reputation of being the most grueling long-distance horse race on the planet. Following the ro...
  • Will Byrnes
    May 21, 2019
    Image from The Adventurists Many of the people I?ll meet on the steppe hold horses as sacred. There are more love songs about horses than about women in Mongolia?for example, ponies come last in races are sung commiseration songs because no one wants them to feel bad. Your ho...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Jan 06, 2019
    Jump on, hang on, and don't fall off as Lara Prior-Palmer's ROUGH MAGIC recounts her riding and winning the world's longest, hardest horse race in Mongolia at the age of nineteen. This story is outrageous and told with lyrical intelligence. I couldn't put this down and read it in one d...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 27, 2019
    "Riding is a dance that demands each muscle in your body answer to an ever-shifting floor" Put aside the fact that the outcome of this race is known before Lara Prior-Palmer begins her story, here is proof positive that it is the journey, not the arrival, that is most important. How...
  • Amanda
    Apr 10, 2019
    This was a really interesting read about the youngest and first female winner of the Mongolian horse derby. I was sent a preview of the book through a marketing email and the preview... was the whole book. I don?t know if that was an error or what, but I really enjoyed it and enjoyed...
  • Sarah
    Jun 05, 2019
    The Mongol Derby is touted as the world's most challenging horse race. Carried out over 1000km and 25 legs (with 25 different horses), 30 participants compete across the wild landscape of Mongolia in a gruelling feat of endurance. Lara Prior-Palmer entered the competition on a whim ...
  • Rachel
    Jul 14, 2019
    Rough Magic is a coming of age story, an interrogation of naked ambition, and a self-conscious meditation on English colonialism, all wrapped up in a thrilling tale of a 19-year-old girl entering and winning the most difficult horse race in the world. Lara Prior-Palmer?s underdog sto...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 04, 2019
    The race was said to be the most difficult in the world. Seven days spent traversing the Mongolian steppes on wild ponies. Not my cuppa, but fun to experience through someone else. Lara, at loose ends decided this was something she needed to do, despite the costly entry fee. She prepar...
  • Alison
    May 09, 2019
    This author tries so hard to come across as edgy, philosophical and unique that her story gets lost in the image she?s trying to write herself in, and is lacking in substance. ...
  • Mark
    Jun 16, 2019
    I love a true adventure story, set in a remote or exotic locale and this one fits the bill. Lara Prior-Palmer enters ?the world?s longest, toughest horse race?, a 1,000 kilometer jaunt, across the rugged grasslands of Mongolia. She was only nineteen and completely inexperienced. ...
  • Eleanor
    Jun 06, 2019
    Lara Prior-Palmer signed up for the Mongol Derby?famously the world?s toughest horse race?on a whim, a month before the start date. Other competitors had been preparing for a year, building their endurance and stamina. She won it. At nineteen, she was the youngest rider, and the ...
  • Rebecca
    Jun 24, 2019
    In 2013, when she was 19, Prior-Palmer won the Mongol Derby horse race: the first Briton and youngest competitor to do so. I thought her memoir couldn?t fail to be exciting, but I was wrong. A book I should have raced through was instead an agonizing crawl over many weeks. Moreover, ...
  • S.J. Higbee
    Jun 08, 2019
    Lara makes an intriguing protagonist ? in this painfully honest memoir of a tricky time in her life when she signed up for this most testing adventure on a fairly random whim, I get a sense of a very strong determined personality who is a work-in-progress. I liked the messiness of th...
  • T
    May 13, 2019
    2.5 stars rounded up to 3. What an odd little book. In a perfect world, this would have been one of my top reads of the year. It has everything I love: travel, horses, and traveling with horses. However, the writing style just didn't click with me and I never truly felt engaged wit...
  • Jemima Pett
    May 20, 2019
    Magical, brilliant, evocative. I've never highlighted so many wondrous passages before. Given Ms Prior-Palmer's self-deprecation of her performance in school, you don't really expect such a wonderfully descriptive, and achingly evocative narrative. Lara enters the world's toughest...
  • Elizabeth Bober
    May 27, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this book. The setting and perspective are great: a memoir by the first female and youngest winner of the Mongol Derby, an endurance horse race. The writer?s style is hit and miss. A little too cursory, too eager to float into lines of poetry when acti...
  • Melissa
    Jan 26, 2019
    Not only is the subject matter of this book fascinating, but the language is beautiful. There are some really gorgeous moments of prose. At times I wanted to hug Lara and sometimes she needed a good smack but ultimately I was always rooting for her. ...
  • Paul
    Jun 08, 2019
    The Mongol Derby is the world hardest horse race. The aim is to ride 600s mile across the Mongolian plains, that was once the home of the army of Genghis Khan. The ride takes 10 days and they are restricted in the time they can ride each day and how hard they can push their horses too....
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    May 18, 2019
    "I could not pull out of the race ? so I let the terror energize me instead. Asked afterwards if I would dare attempt the race again, I?d reply that I could never again be scared enough to do so. The supernatural power of fearing the unknown stunned me into a state of readiness." ?...
  • Terri Anderson
    May 18, 2019
    "At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to "the world's longest, toughest horse race"--an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland."...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Jun 03, 2019
    Review originally appeared on Open Letters Review. Impulsivity is an intimate friend of the teenager. This emotional siren lures newly-minted adolescents into making rash decisions, most stereotypically taking the form of raucous parties and torrid love affairs. And though we all go...
  • Megan Bell
    Feb 20, 2019
    Rough Magic, the debut memoir from Lara Prior-Palmer, youngest winner and first female winner of the longest, toughest horse race in the world, is indeed spellbinding. How a book can be so heady with poetry and yet make you read sitting straight up with adrenaline is certainly a feat o...
  • Susan Hampson
    Jun 14, 2019
    This is a true story of a young impulsive woman who at nineteen years old applies and is accepted to take part in the world?s wildest horse race, the Mongol Derby. This race of endurance and stamina is staged over 25 gruelling days and 1000km of harsh and unforgiving landscape. It is...
  • TXGAL1
    Jan 16, 2019
    ROUGH MAGIC is the debut memoir of Lara Prior-Palmer. The story focuses on her last-minute entry and race in The Mongol Derby of 2013. With the motion of a carefree spinning of a globe and haphazardly pointing to the next place to find adventure, 19 year-old Lara Prior-Palmer clicke...
  • Janel
    Jun 13, 2019
    What an inspiring memoir, full of adventure, poetry, and sheer willpower, Lara shares her journey to victory - the dehydration, the determination, entering oblivion and not only coming out the other side, but coming out victorious as the first woman, and youngest ever champion. I lo...
  • Marion
    May 20, 2019
    Disappointing, esp. after the rave reviews. Gave up after 200 pages, should have quit sooner. Disjointed sloppy style without any of the dramatic momentum to be expected from a story like this. It?s probably the case that she was just too young to properly appreciate and represent th...