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review 2017-02-21 00:00
Black Beauty
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell ~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~

“Good luck is rather particular who she rides with, and mostly prefers those who have got common sense and a good heart.”

Black Beauty is a book of anthropomorphic animals. Highly intelligent animals. While told in the language of its time (roughly the 1870s-1880s), it still has an appeal to anyone with a love of animals and an even slight interest in history. The details included are absolutely fascinating and paint a exquisite picture of England and London at that time. I love books that give such perfect, clear pictures of their time – without it feeling like an info dump. Of course, we can only hope that the author gave accurate descriptions, but even today the world Black Beauty lives in feels very real.
“Do you know why this world is as bad as it is? Because people won’t trouble to stand up for the oppressed.”

Some words are as true today as over 100 years ago. This book is 20 times better than the last anthropomorphic animal book I tried ([book:Smoky the Cowhorse|2705881]…which earned a BIG FAT NO). The animals are all different, with their own experiences and personalities – and so are the humans! Of course the reader’s first loyalties lie with Black Beauty and his friends, but he has some genuinely kind, good owners that are good characters in their own right. Ginger, another horse with whom he becomes friends early on, truly stole my heart.

There are some beautiful quotes, even if the prose occasionally descends to a bit of a preachy tone when it comes to how we treat animals and our fellow man. That is my only real complaint about this lovely story, which, despite having a few notes of sadness (as any good story ought, in my opinion), is a completely worthy addition to any reading program or library.

“Don’t you know that [ignorance] is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?”


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review 2016-04-08 00:00
Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics)
Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics) - Anna Sewell 3.5 stars
This is one of those books that makes you think. Anyone who wants a pet or who wants to learn about horses should really read it. It's from the horse's POV and tells things humans don't think about. Also, it has lots of great life lessons. It's a good read for all ages, but I recommend it more for kids and teens. I really liked it a lot, but it was pretty depressing for me. I felt very sorry for the horses.
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review 2016-03-25 00:00
Black Beauty
Black Beauty - Anna Swell I read this as part of Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for 2016. I don't know what else to say about this book was that I found it to be sad and uplifting in parts.

Told in the first person, we have a young horse named Black Beauty describing his life and constantly changing homes throughout the years during the late 1800s in England.

Black Beauty was great as a narrator to his own life story and those of other animals he met. I loved so many of the other characters we meet like Ginger and Merrylegs.

I loved the fact that the other animals could "talk" to each other and relating their own stories to each other about what good men they had met and what cruel men they had met shaped them. Even though Black Beauty in the end more than anyone I think would have been justified in giving up, he still did what he could to be a "good" horse.

I was very disheartened to think upon what fates befell Ginger and Merrylegs and was really angry at the owners in this story who just kept selling horses to people with what I thought was very little thought made to what would happen to them afterwards.

For me, what made this story so fascinating was that I had no idea at all about things going on regarding horses in Victorian times. Reading about how men and women in high society wanted their horses craned very high in order to make them look more fashionable made me ill. I seriously had no idea this was even a thing. I guess I just thought people just put saddles and had reigns around horses and that was it.

The writing was really good. For someone with no idea about technical terms or anything else regarding horses, groomers, etc. this book was not too technical. I also really liked the flow of the book and thought the pace was pitch perfect from beginning to end.

The setting of England during this times also brings in discussions about the working class and looks more deeply at men who were cab drivers, groomers, farmers, squires, etc.

The ending made me very happy and actually tear up a bit.
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text 2016-03-14 00:36
Black Beauty Audible narrated by Simon Vance free @amazon!
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell,Simon Vance

For March the Whispersync For Voice has free the audible version of Black Beauty:

 

In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.

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I read this as a child and I am curious to listen to it by such an excellent narrator!

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text 2015-11-21 03:15
Black Beauty (Scholastic Classics) - Anna Sewell

About a horse that starts off with a beautiful home then goes through a journey as he grows up. till he finds his way back home were he came from. His journey is long and for of hardships but on the way he learns a lot about what it means to live.

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