Anderson: "I Want to know Why"
People become human through common experiences. The thread running through this essay clearly demonstrates the power that a shared love for horses and racing overcomes racial boundaries. The introductory paragraph with its masterly structure accounts for the story's gripping power. The narrator brings us vividly into the story as "we got up at four in the morning, that first day in the east". He and his friends "with the
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broke the world's record for a mile and everyone was so proud and happy.
The respect and love for horses and racing brings people from all cultures together whether they are rich or poor. The atmosphere and excitement surrounding the Saratoga paddocks is clearly described by the narrator and the story forcefully pulls the reader into the experience.
Other examples of shared love are Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and the Dick Francis racing mysteries.