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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 prepares little, and becomes a nineteen year old underdog, though she soon has others pulling for her There are vivid descriptions of the Mongolian steppes, many allusions and quotes from Genghis Kahn We meet dome of t 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 prepares little, and becomes a nineteen year old underdog, though she soon has others pulling for her There are vivid descriptions of the Mongolian steppes, many allusions and quotes from Genghis Kahn We meet dome of the other racers, and one young woman whom Lara is determined to beat There are funny incidents, much self reflection, but the prose is witty, self deprecating The story is fast paced, never boring and a joy to read Humans, love of horses, and the endurance it takes to even race in such an event, let alone win Which by the way is not a spoiler because this is known from the get go (((Free Epub))) ⇨ 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 winnerAt 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 , kilometers of Mongolian grassland On a whim, she decided to enter the race As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited herRiders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, and many fail to finish Prior Palmer had no formal training She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their JeepsTold with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race 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 falls on the humans, not the horses participants train rigorously, obtain sponsorships to offset the enormous entrance fees, prepare themselves for the physical and psychological hardships of being on horseback forthan 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 falls on the humans, not the horses participants train rigorously, obtain sponsorships to offset the enormous entrance fees, prepare themselves for the physical and psychological hardships of being on horseback forthan a week through the heat and the rain and the aches and exhaustion of what is a frequently solitary trek over mongolia s unforgiving terrain despite all these preparatory measures, many riders do not make it to the finish line due to illness, injury, or fatigue long story short attempting this race requires commitment, dedication and sacrifice.or, you know, you could just sorta wing it.this is a memoir written by the nineteen year old woman who entered the derby on a whim, prepared not at all didn t train, didn t get the required vaccinations, didn t even bring a change of pants and somehow not only won the race, but was both the youngest and also the first female to ever win.and this book is how a person like that writes a memoir, or an account of this race it s not quite either of these approaches it s a little flighty, a little flitty it s where that kind of mind goes when it s largely unoccupied and let off its tether for long solitary hours the book is full of sentences like this Why do humans put so much thought into some decisions yet plunge into others like cavalier penguins Are we met with a sudden urge to avoid the direct path to middle age and subsequent visions of growing old in a lonely world of cats parts of this book feel like the script for some girls can be forrest gump, too sequel not because the author is slow, but because of how unlikely her even finishing the race was, considering her level of preparedness I had never riddenthan 20 kilometers at once, let alone with a GPS, and, as established, I didn t know how to use one anyway not only did she enter on a whim, she entered after the deadline had passed, didn t read much of the fine print, only half filled out the medical forms and yet at every turn, logic looked the other way, fortune was feeling generous, and history was made by someone who forgot to take the pills that would stop her period and wound up bleeding all over her pony despite embodying and playing up a little, i suspect the whole god watches over drunks and fools angle Wolves, snakes, and mountain lions can t eat me because I m not yet aware they roam these parts, she s a littlesavvy than some simpleton chasing a balloon she manages to talk her way into paying less than half of the entrance fee, cadge gear off of fellow riders, and she s got a deeply ingrained competitive streak, so despite her somewhat cultivated veneer of padded innocence I didn t think about rain, so I don t have a change of clothes No pajamas No second pair of jodhpurs Just a spare pair of socks and a pair of knickers Oh dear, I m going to have to sleep naked It wasn t necessary for me to say that aloud, but I don t think anyone noticed.there s a flint of steely stubbornness at her core still, every single thing about her involvement in this race is haphazard she remembers to bring some medicine, but removes the pills from their packets in a fit of boredom, flinging them altogether in one bag so she doesn t know which are antibiotics and which are water purifying pills and which are ibuprofen, etc, so she just swallows whatever s on top and hopes for the best it sounds slapsticky, but it s not written slapsticky okay, sometimes it is slapsticky I got entangled in my backpack first thing the next morning, which required the rescue of three crew membersit s a fun rompy read, but if you are looking for a book about the history of the race, or a book of sports writing, or one getting to the core of what makes a champion athlete tick, this might not deliver that for you it s a hodgepodge rummage sale memoir daydream that is weird and fun and that was enough for me and maybe it will be enough for you come to my blog 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 through our own form of the teenage phase, most of us wouldn t, on a whim, choose to ride the world s longest and most demanding horse race to assert our individuality But it seems someone had to be first.The Mongol 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 through our own form of the teenage phase, most of us wouldn t, on a whim, choose to ride the world s longest and most demanding horse race to assert our individuality But it seems someone had to be first.The Mongol Derby is a 1,000 kilometer feat of endurance Participants ostensibly travel in the hoof prints of Genghis Khan s postal couriers who, in the 13th century, pounded their way across the picturesque Mongolian steppe using a similar system of horse stations to the ones redeveloped for the race This trek is to be made over the course of ten days with limitations on ride time per day and with strict rules on how hard they can push their horse in order to protect the welfare of the animals The riders are given one horse per stretch and considering these horses are still semi wild, achieving a partnership will be easier said than done This won t be their only challenge as they will face brutal weather conditions, rough terrain, and the wildcard element of the human and non human residents of the steppe Getting injured or facing setbacks are less potential risks andlike certainties with hurdles and partners such as these This is the kind of race that takes months even an entire year to prepare for with not just physical training, but also by acquiring a whole host of supplies within a designated weight limit To have a shot at winning, it also requires familiarizing oneself with the vastness of the landscape and the myriad of potential obstacles to completion Yet Lara Prior Palmer, the 2013 winner applied only two months ahead of the race With her unlikely win, she became not only the first woman to claim the top spot but also the youngest competitor to ever complete the Derby.In her new memoir Rough Magic Riding the World s Loneliest Horse Race, Prior Palmer describes this experience She begins with an admission of the disconcertingly low level of foresight she gave to her decision to participate Most fundamentally, she lacked the steep admission fee now up to 11,375 for the 2020 race Most oddly, though she is the niece of a well known equestrian, she did not have abundant experience on horseback None of this ended up being a deterrent She defied the odds even early on, managing to piece together the bare bones requirements at the 11th hour.With all the odds stacked against her, one must question why someone as underprepared as our young author would take on this challenge It s a puzzle she subtly tries to solve for herself throughout the book with tones ranging from the contemplative to the outright exhausted But although her choice to join the race was impulsive, her resolve remains steadfast as she navigates from station to station.The wide open space ahead seems to satisfy an itch early on, but the loneliness of the race unexpectedly drives her inward In true teenage fashion, it pushes her into the realm of the poetic, at least partially inspired by the copy of The Tempest stuffed in her pack This tone does not dominate her storytelling, instead mimicking the checkpoints she reaches At times, we re fully invested in mechanics of the ride and then, every so often, she invites us into her inner world.Lara s mind is full of thoughts of home as one would expect from someone not far removed from their childhood years, but she frequently compares this mental image to her current surroundings The complete dissimilarity of place and experience to anything having come before in her life makes for a stark contrast Mongolia comes out favorably in these match ups, with Prior Palmer providing historical and cultural context to help the reader feel as immersed in the place as she is As she allows herself to sink into the landscape, Lara finds in the race not only something to keep her busy for ten days in August, but a sense of her own purpose The race did seem to lend me some faith in my placement in this world, and that faith released an energy my teenage sloth self had let go of I felt it fueling me for months afterward.Coming of age storytellers take note here is your model heroine Across time, adolescents have sought to define what they are by first defining what they are not Lara Prior Palmer canters away from the known world and all the expectations of her it contains And though her teenage qualities at first glance appear to foretell her failure, it seems that perhaps Lara s spontaneity and youth are her greatest assets For her, the race was never about winning, but about the freedom it would provide In fact, the finish line provides less motivation than does her toughest competitor, Texan Devan Horn who is nearly obsessively determined to win But instead of marrying herself to the future by clinging to a picture of herself coming in first, she lives firmly in the present moment This allows her to better cope with obstacles, however clumsily, as they come along.Readers will be grateful for her investment in the present, but also her choice to faithfully write down the events of each day in her Winnie the Pooh notebook Her recorded experiences combine with the wisdom of hindsight to create the pure magic of this book In writing it, we can feel the author, now aged 24, returning to this defining the experience in her mind s eye and retrospectively defining it for the lasting impact it has clearly had on her life This memoir is a glance behind at trodden ground and acknowledgment of the course to come Each pony gallops across the in between 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, the voice, which initially seemed quirky and jolly ol English enough to keep me reading, grated I should have given up on this one early on.In a nutshell spoiled rich English girl the family seat of Appleshaw in 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, the voice, which initially seemed quirky and jolly ol English enough to keep me reading, grated I should have given up on this one early on.In a nutshell spoiled rich English girl the family seat of Appleshaw in Wiltshire the large family with double barreled surname Aunt Lucinda Green, who teaches equestrian skills doesn t know what to do with herself so signs up for 1000 km horse race on a whim, and doesn t realize she actually wants to win and, crucially, beat the Texan gal, Devan Horn until over halfway through The book becomes mildlyinteresting at this point, but not properly gripping until well over four fifths of the pages have turned The Tempest tie in never convinced me, but my biggest problem was that the author comes across as ditsy and ever so young, and I could spot every point in the book where her editor, looking over a draft, wrote, make this verbinteresting or add in an unusual metaphor here or insert context re Mongolia And Prior Palmer certainly obliges, but in such a way that the Mongolian information feels shoehorned in and the language jars Examples I feel the world collapsing slowly, like one of my failed banana cakes A hoarse laugh shovels out of my throat and We spun through the air like crumpets journeying out of a toaster 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 action is needed My biggest beef is turning the author s main competition, another young woman and first time racer, into a villain after barely laying eyes on her This woman s chief sin being that she arrived prepared, co 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 action is needed My biggest beef is turning the author s main competition, another young woman and first time racer, into a villain after barely laying eyes on her This woman s chief sin being that she arrived prepared, confident, and ambitious And so our protagonist hates her How childish How petty for a woman who continually portrays herself as independent minded Although we know who wins, the ending still feels like a let down.Overall an interesting read but not the riveting horseback adventure I d hoped for 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. 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 Lara, a woefully under prepared 19 year old decides to participate in a horserace that traces the Mongolian course of Genghis Khan s pony express, 1,000 kilometers with no preplanned route, is the stuff of almost myth 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 Lara, a woefully under prepared 19 year old decides to participate in a horserace that traces the Mongolian course of Genghis Khan s pony express, 1,000 kilometers with no preplanned route, is the stuff of almost mythic stamina and excitement At times I was reminded of Cheryl Strayed s Wild, as both young women embark on their quests with little or no preparation, but merely a will to complete it At first, she just doesn t want to come in last, but somewhere along the line the race grabs hold of her, and she becomes a competitor, not the least reason of which being peeved at the arrogance of the frontrunner, a Texan who has been trained and prepared and even before they ve saddled for the first leg, has flashed her impending victory to ABC cameras What truly sets this book apart is the writing, Lara s ability to describe her experience through gorgeous literary prose Her descriptions of the landscape, the different stations where the riders change horses and are refreshed, her acceptance of the Mongolian hospitality and affection for these nomadic people, and most significantly, her connections to each of her mounts wild ponies each with a distinct personality and mindset of how to proceed Important to the story is the Race Rule that at each leg a pony s heartbeat return to resting within a specified amount of time, so that the effort rests on the part of the rider not the animal The fact that her choice of reading material is a copy of The Tempest, which provides the book s title She also conjures her famous Aunt, Lucinda Prior Palmer, an Olympic equestrienne, whose advice throughout her life has provided a beacon, if it is at sometimes grudging and or hilarious Wherever Lara s life takes her henceforth, I hope she continues with her story, since it can t help but be fascinating 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 with the narrative Don t get me wrong, there are some gems of passages in here They are, however, the exception and not the rule One such example is when Lara starts ruminating on why, historically and evolutionary, th 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 with the narrative Don t get me wrong, there are some gems of passages in here They are, however, the exception and not the rule One such example is when Lara starts ruminating on why, historically and evolutionary, there s always been such a special bond between women and horses She takes the easy way out and parrots Freud in giving an explanation when it is so, so much deeper than that My theory, and it s just that, a theory born out of being a woman who spent her childhood and teenage years around horses, is that somewhere in the veil of time, women and horses formed a kinship because a both are social creatures and b both are forced to deal with the whims of men who dominated over them Women found freedom on horseback and horses found an ally They were, in essence, kindred spirits Dogs may be man s best friend but horses are women s soapboxAll in all, I m scratching my head over what I missed and why everyone is tripping over themselves to praise this book It left me going huh so than being heartwarmed