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Tallipoiss andis mulle natuke häid kaeru, patsutas mind, rääkis muga lahkelt ja läks siis ära. Kui ma olin kaerad ära söönud, vaatasin ringi. Minu kõrvalboksis seisis väike paks hall poni, kellel oli tihe lakk ja tihe saba, väga kena pea ja väike nipsakas nina. Küünitasin pea boksi raudvarbadeni ja ütlesin: Tere päevast! Mis su nimi on? Ta pööras end ringi niipalju, kui oh Tallipoiss andis mulle natuke häid kaeru, patsutas mind, rääkis muga lahkelt ja läks siis ära. Kui ma olin kaerad ära söönud, vaatasin ringi. Minu kõrvalboksis seisis väike paks hall poni, kellel oli tihe lakk ja tihe saba, väga kena pea ja väike nipsakas nina. Küünitasin pea boksi raudvarbadeni ja ütlesin: Tere päevast! Mis su nimi on? Ta pööras end ringi niipalju, kui ohelik seda lubas, tõstis pea üles ja vastas: Minu nimi on Merrylegs. Ma olen väga ilus. Ma kannan oma seljas noori daame ja vahel sõidutan emandat madalas kaarikus. Nad peavad minust väga lugu ja James samuti. Kas sa hakkad nüüd minu kõrval elama? Mina vastasin: Jah.


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Tallipoiss andis mulle natuke häid kaeru, patsutas mind, rääkis muga lahkelt ja läks siis ära. Kui ma olin kaerad ära söönud, vaatasin ringi. Minu kõrvalboksis seisis väike paks hall poni, kellel oli tihe lakk ja tihe saba, väga kena pea ja väike nipsakas nina. Küünitasin pea boksi raudvarbadeni ja ütlesin: Tere päevast! Mis su nimi on? Ta pööras end ringi niipalju, kui oh Tallipoiss andis mulle natuke häid kaeru, patsutas mind, rääkis muga lahkelt ja läks siis ära. Kui ma olin kaerad ära söönud, vaatasin ringi. Minu kõrvalboksis seisis väike paks hall poni, kellel oli tihe lakk ja tihe saba, väga kena pea ja väike nipsakas nina. Küünitasin pea boksi raudvarbadeni ja ütlesin: Tere päevast! Mis su nimi on? Ta pööras end ringi niipalju, kui ohelik seda lubas, tõstis pea üles ja vastas: Minu nimi on Merrylegs. Ma olen väga ilus. Ma kannan oma seljas noori daame ja vahel sõidutan emandat madalas kaarikus. Nad peavad minust väga lugu ja James samuti. Kas sa hakkad nüüd minu kõrval elama? Mina vastasin: Jah.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Review Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a beautiful story meant for older children or very young adults. It was written in the 19th century by a woman who passed away shortly after its publication. I enjoyed the story and have given it a 3 of 5 stars, which is still very good in my book. A few interesting things: 1. The point of view in the book is from Black Beauty, the horse. 2. It takes place in London nearly 150 years ago. 3. It's still a cherished story for both pleasure reading and education Review Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a beautiful story meant for older children or very young adults. It was written in the 19th century by a woman who passed away shortly after its publication. I enjoyed the story and have given it a 3 of 5 stars, which is still very good in my book. A few interesting things: 1. The point of view in the book is from Black Beauty, the horse. 2. It takes place in London nearly 150 years ago. 3. It's still a cherished story for both pleasure reading and education purposes. I received it as a gift when I was about 8 or 9, as I had asked for several "classics" for Christmas. When I saw the cover, I thought it looked pretty. But not enough to read it. It sat on my shelf for probably two years until one day, I said "let's just give it a chance." I was afraid it would be too boring... I've always preferred complex plots and strong characters. I wasn't sure this would really work for me. I was wrong! Seeing how people mistreated and misunderstood animals was a big benefit of the book. It opens your eyes to things from another perspective, and if it helps just a little to develop a bond between younger adults / children and animals, then it's served its purpose. It's one of those books everyone should read... but not as a forced school assignment. It should be something parents want to share with their kids around 7 or 8... teaching them about how to be respectful and kind to all creatures. And then take them horseback riding to see what it's actually like. That's what I did when I finished it... went with a small group of friends to a riding academy / farm a few towns over and learned about horses for one summer. I kinda miss riding... maybe I should try it again. Off topic again... what is up with me today on these reviews! :) About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the first book I ever read. I remember the day that I brought it in to show to my teacher, Miss Gerardi. She asked me if I could read it, so I started reading it aloud to her right away. The story is told in Black Beauty's own words. Beauty's friends are hard to forget, especially high-spirited Ginger. Anna Sewall's words are full of loving empathy for these beautiful animals. The story was set in 19th century England, at a time when almost everyone came into frequent contact with horses This is the first book I ever read. I remember the day that I brought it in to show to my teacher, Miss Gerardi. She asked me if I could read it, so I started reading it aloud to her right away. The story is told in Black Beauty's own words. Beauty's friends are hard to forget, especially high-spirited Ginger. Anna Sewall's words are full of loving empathy for these beautiful animals. The story was set in 19th century England, at a time when almost everyone came into frequent contact with horses. I hope that her story caused at least a few people to treat them with greater kindness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Black Beauty, Anna Sewell Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هجدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1990 میل Black Beauty, Anna Sewell Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هجدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1990 میلادی عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سیوئل (سول)؛ مترجم: منوچهر کریم زاده؛ امید اقتداری؛ تهران، فرهنگخانه اسفار، 1368، در 313 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 19 م عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سیوئل (سوئل)؛ مترجم: فرینوش ایرانبدی؛ تهران، توسن، 1369، در 273 ص؛ عنوان: سیاه زیبا؛ آنا سول؛ مترجم: فرمهر منجزی؛ تهران، مدرسه، 1377، در 150 ص؛ عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سوول؛ مترجم: عبای راهبی؛ مشهد، نخست، 1380، در 111 ص، شابک: 9649061479؛ عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سوول؛ مترجم: منوچهر کریم زاده؛ امیداقتداری؛ تهران، لوح فکر، 1382، در 255 ص، شابک: 9649403159؛ عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سوول؛ مترجم: جبیب گوهری راد؛ تهران، نیک پیام، 1382؛ در 128 ص، شابک: 9648439001؛ عنوان: زیبای سیاه؛ آنا سول؛ مترجم: شیوا مقانلو؛ تهران، ثالث، 1392، در 200 ص، شابک: 9789643807320؛ داستان این کتاب از زبان یک اسب سیاه ،که نخست سیاه، و سپس زیبای سیاه نامیده می‌شد، بیان می‌شود، و به بیان درد و رنج اسب‌ها در سده ی نوزدهم میلادی، و بیان بدرفتاریها با اسبها می‌پردازد. ا. شربیانی

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dem

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I had never actually owned a copy of this wonderful classic until very recently when I spotted this one well worn and loved in a house clear out of a relative and when I was asked if there was anything I would like to take as a memento I was so happy to give a home to this stunning book. Black Beauty was always out on loan from my school library and as a child I remembering cons “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I had never actually owned a copy of this wonderful classic until very recently when I spotted this one well worn and loved in a house clear out of a relative and when I was asked if there was anything I would like to take as a memento I was so happy to give a home to this stunning book. Black Beauty was always out on loan from my school library and as a child I remembering constantly requesting the one copy as it was one the most popular read along with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I adore animals of all shapes and sizes and cannot abide any sort of animal cruelty but this book brings back wonderful childhood memories for me and I think its an important book for children to read and understand that animals have feelings and they too feel pain just as humans do. What a unique, heart-breaking and compelling read that is as beautiful and poignant today as it was when I read it as a 10 year old girl and am sure it was way back in 1877. The story is narrated in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by Black Beauty himself. The Story begins with happy times as a colt on an English farm with his mother and the book continues as he goes through life. This is a tale of hardships ,cruelty and kindness that broke my heart as child and all over again as an adult. It teaches real life lessons as bad things happen in life and yet there is always goodness out there somewhere, we just have to look for it sometimes. We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.” ― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty A beautiful book that has pride of place on my bookshelf for I hope many years to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hobb

    This was one of my very first 'horse' books. I read it when I was nine or ten, and it left a deep impression on me. Told from the viewpoint of the horse, it starts with Beauty's gentle upbringing and careful training. Well cared for and well mannered, Beauty is a valued animal with a good life at first. But a mishap or two is all it takes for Black Beauty to begin a downward spiral into a world where the appearance of an animal matters far more than its comfort, and into the depths where the onl This was one of my very first 'horse' books. I read it when I was nine or ten, and it left a deep impression on me. Told from the viewpoint of the horse, it starts with Beauty's gentle upbringing and careful training. Well cared for and well mannered, Beauty is a valued animal with a good life at first. But a mishap or two is all it takes for Black Beauty to begin a downward spiral into a world where the appearance of an animal matters far more than its comfort, and into the depths where the only fate for a horse is to be 'used up' in any servitude it can finally be put to. Like Lassie Come Home, the story does wind to a gentler and comforting ending, but along the way there are some dark times. It's an insight into another time as well as a different view of the world. Once considered a classic, I don't see it recommended as often as it used to be. So I will recommend it here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sidharth Vardhan

    Okay it had started as a review but it ended up becoming something totally different. It is rather dark, you have been warned. "In Defense of Cannibalism" "I think the story starts when, as a kid, I was a neighbor of this family of slaughterers for a short while and, though they did their work within walls of their house, still sitting inside our home, we could hear the cries of goats, full of pain, as they were being slaughtered. These cries would go on for several minutes. It was unbearable for Okay it had started as a review but it ended up becoming something totally different. It is rather dark, you have been warned. "In Defense of Cannibalism" "I think the story starts when, as a kid, I was a neighbor of this family of slaughterers for a short while and, though they did their work within walls of their house, still sitting inside our home, we could hear the cries of goats, full of pain, as they were being slaughtered. These cries would go on for several minutes. It was unbearable for my family to hear those cries day after day. Personally, I found their reactions more annoying. I have never liked these kind- hearted people. Animals have always been slaughtered, and most of them never show concern except when it happens right in front of them, which is when their hyper-sensitive imagination starts working and they suddenly grow compassionate. Their compassion creates an inconvenience when things happen in their backyard, an inconvenience which they want removed. They can't care less for animals. They won't mind if it happens at some distance, away from their physical presence. And this is true generally, even when we are talking about suffering of humans too. There is a reason Europeans do not want immigrants from middle-East. There is also a reason why it needed an hours-long disgusting scene on the roads of their capital city, for Indians to start remembering how terrible the position of their women is. And if we tried so hard to get the criminals punished, it wasn't out some.sense of justice, it was just that we were made uncomfortable by the whole scene and needed someone to get our anger out. A kid falls from his/her bicycle and a good number of these compassionate idiots will gather around him/her, their faces full of concern. Over 6 million children dead due to famine in Somalia, and millions still starving - and I could like to know how many of these kind-hearted spirits get a single hour of sleepless night upon knowing it. Out of sight, out of mind. And if this doesn't flood the newspapers with the news and pictures, there is a reason for it.  Mere knowledge of things is not enough, compassion needs sensory evidence to exist and persist, we know it - we use this knowledge to avoid this inconvenience by denying ourselves sensory evidence.  I tell you, nothing makes humans as hypocrite as compassion does. ... I'm getting to it, I know you want me to get to the point about cannibalism. Have patience. And these people try their best to kill this compassion - so, since they can't imagine themselves killing and eating a cow, they call it a beef. Takes the picture out of mind. And since last thing you want to imagine when you sit down to eat is meat of a pig slaughtered just for you, it is conveniently renamed as pork. A sheep being murdered doesn't cut so nice a picture and so it becomes mutton. Don't assume for a single moment that I am some sort of animal lover. The last thing I will like to be compared to is one of these PETA folks. I can't care less for them - especially dogs. Man's best friends, you say? The stupid creature can't even catch its own tail. And if any animal deserved a kicking, it is those cats. They need to be shown their places. Plus, people eat the animals they love. Don't you love turkey or chicken? And oh, fish! Wait, wait.. let me say what I have to say, it is all related... And don't even get me started on pet lovers. Whatever they might say, theirs is the most selfish kind of love. Imagine yourself being kidnapped away from your family at a young age by aliens, who can't speak your language, and forced to live with them - seeing other humans only rarely, and allowed sex only at fixed times and that too without any dating. They might love you, smother you with their hugs, care for you, train you to do things you can't see the meaning of, provide you great food as well as crumbs that might fell from their plate, dress you in a beautiful way which is uncomfortable for you - but will you ever overcome the loneliness? Why then do such a thing to a creature you claim you love? I think many people can say that they need pets, but no one can say they deserve one. Anyways, nothing could be done about our neighbors - they were simply doing their job, only thing they were skilled in. And they were pretty nice folks too - I remember how they were there for us when my mom died. Also, it didn't stop me or my family from eating our share of chicken's fetus; and I don't grudge people all the cows and pigs they want to eat. Let us face it - they provide all those proteins and nutrients, and they are delicious. But let us also call things by their real names, shall we? A cow is a cow is a cow. A pig by any other name is pig still. And a mutton is a sheep's cooked corpse and an egg is a bird's fetus. Period. And  before you assume I'm being satirical for promoting vegetarianism or something, I will tell you I never liked those vegetarians - they are only slightly less cruel to animals than pet lovers, think of all those hens that are being nourished and cared for because there is demand for their children's fetus. Who will care for them if people just stop consuming their product? I, for one, am going do my part to see that they don't get unemployed. Just imagine all the animals these Vegetarians want to be left undated for, just because of their misguided conscience! Why do you think animals, whose cooked corpses we consume, never go extinct? Because we provide food and shelter to them before we kill them. It is only animals that serve humanity some purpose that are above danger of extinction. It is only by eating goats, we make sure that they don't go extinct. But I deviate yet again. To turn back to the story of my neighbors, the thing was made much worse because they killed the animals according to Hallal method (the method permitted by Islam) - not merely killing at once with a single blow (animals about to become food aren't shot before being killed anywhere in India as far as I know and you can forget stunning); but were rather killed in a slow and painful method of blood loss while a prayer is read over them. Don't jump to conclusions again. They were compassionate people - animals were well fed before they were killed, they won't let an animal see the blade being sharpened or another animal slaughtered before it. See, they felt for the animal. Compassionate killers have always been there. Some ancient Hindu kings who hunted animals for fun often considered dishonorable to kill animals engaged in sex or pubs or breastfeeding mothers. Wait a little more... I'm just about to get to cannibalism. Personally I think that to relief an animal of useless pain could be better but only slightly - as whether or not they are stunned, animals will lose their lives anyway. But I'm sure there will be some compassionate souls who will advocate for less painful methods of killing them. Also, it is this Hallal practice that made one of my favorite Sufi poets, Bulleh Shah, comment "Hallal nalo murdar bhala" (dead is better than Hallal food) - arguing that he could rather eat the dead than Hallal food. Now a lot of people think he was probably about dead animals, not humans, but that is only yet again the superiority complex which make humans think that they aren't one of the animals anymore. I, for one, was shocked when I learnt that cannibalism is considered a barbarous practice. At first, I could not understand what was so barbarous about cannibalism? it hardly harms anyone. I mean the dead they eat are ... you know, dead and their bodies would be wasted otherwise. If anything, it is a better utilization of resources. Think of all the proteins, minerals and stuff. And I bet human eyes must be delicious too - all you can say about other dead animals is true for dead humans too, and it is much better than animals killed specifically for consumption. Moreover, you will either bury or burn your dead. The first consumes a lot of land which could house homeless humans (or hens left unemployed because of those mean, mean vegetarians) and second causes pollution; besides the already stated wastage of resources - in a time when children are dying of hunger! And it saves money too, think of it, the dead could finance the food served in their own funeral! And before you give reasons of sentiments of their family, I agree, the dead are someone's parents who have, for years, fed their children. Do you think they will grudge them a last nutritious meal? In case they are someone's significant other, remember, lovers bite each-other all the time. And you can spare the bones for your beloved dog. Also, if you eat some other dead animal, you are called non-vegetarian; but if you eat a dead human, you become a cannibal. Why make the distinction at all? Because of that superiority complex again? Because it will make non-vegetarians comfortable? There you go, the whole beef and pork thing all over again. Let us use one word for all such humans - either cannibal or non-vegetarian. I prefer cannibal. It sounds sexier. And while we are at it, let us include vegetarians too - it is only human ignorance which makes us presume that just because plants can't scream, they don't feel the pain. Lack of sensory evidence, friend. There is no difference between plants or animals - so vegetarians need not be high-brow either. We all kill, cause pain, to eat. We are all cannibals. I think, if you have followed my chain of reasoning,  we can safely say that we are all already cannibals, so why waste dead humans? If you were struck in an island with corpse of a friend who just died and a living animal, won't it be more humane to eat the corpse instead of killing the beast for food? Why kill living animals, when we can have dead humans?" Those were the thoughts that I discussed with a friend, who had listened impatiently and then after some reflection told me something which showed me the obvious fault in this scheme, which I, being slow to understand such things, hadn't noticed that far.   "You don't understand anything about civilization. Being civilized," he told me,  "means that we show more compassion to dead humans than living animals."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.BLACK BEAUTY, with the help of some of her friends and acquaintances, narrates her own life story in this absolute gem of a children's classic. I've always loved the beauty and grace of horses, but now have an even greater respect and appreciation for them......and their needs.A few heartbreaking stories are told here, but the positive, encouraging message "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.BLACK BEAUTY, with the help of some of her friends and acquaintances, narrates her own life story in this absolute gem of a children's classic. I've always loved the beauty and grace of horses, but now have an even greater respect and appreciation for them......and their needs.A few heartbreaking stories are told here, but the positive, encouraging message and education for children and adults alike is priceless.EVERYONE should read BLACK BEAUTY!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. I have found that I can't really trust my childhood memories. In this case, however, the years made no difference. The odd thing I noticed while reading this book was how completely I'd internalized the messages regarding animals and how one should treat them. I know that I must have read this 20 or 30 times before I was 14, but I didn't realize that I was memorizing whole chunks of it and grafting it into my moral code. It I revisited this classic horse story not knowing what to expect, really. I have found that I can't really trust my childhood memories. In this case, however, the years made no difference. The odd thing I noticed while reading this book was how completely I'd internalized the messages regarding animals and how one should treat them. I know that I must have read this 20 or 30 times before I was 14, but I didn't realize that I was memorizing whole chunks of it and grafting it into my moral code. It's a wonderful book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy. Anna Sewell wrote this to illustrate the abuse of horses, in particulary the harsh use of the bearing rein. The bearing rein was used to get the horse's head arched, but made it difficult for the horse to breathe and near impossible for the horse to pull a carriage uphill. When Sewell died, the hearse to carry her body used horses with bearing reins. Her mother went out and made the driver get rid of them. Another Sewe Black Beauty is one of those rare books that can preach without being preachy. Anna Sewell wrote this to illustrate the abuse of horses, in particulary the harsh use of the bearing rein. The bearing rein was used to get the horse's head arched, but made it difficult for the horse to breathe and near impossible for the horse to pull a carriage uphill. When Sewell died, the hearse to carry her body used horses with bearing reins. Her mother went out and made the driver get rid of them. Another Sewell story. On her way home, driving her own trap, she was able to tell that her horse picked up a stone simply though the reins. Sewell was an awesome woman. Sewell was truly a horsewoman and an educator, both of which are on display in Black Beauty. The plot deals with the abuse and mistreatment of horses; it teaches and raises awareness while it entertains. Sewell respects readers of all ages enough not to shy away from unpleasentness, though she never ever descends into shock value (and disregards more pressing questions for the adult reader wonders if Beauty is a gelding). She makes both her animal and human characters real and doesn't over romantize the story, as has been done in some adaptions of her work. If you liked this book, you might want to check down Black Beauty's Family.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    Do not be expecting an objective review here. I have loved this book since a copy was given to me at the end of my sixth grade school year and have read it so many times I practically know it by heart. And as a matter of fact, I still have that very book! Here is the GR link for it, which did not take me nearly as long to find as I thought it might (there are nearly 800 editions of Black Beauty listed). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... The story follows Black Beauty from his days as a foa Do not be expecting an objective review here. I have loved this book since a copy was given to me at the end of my sixth grade school year and have read it so many times I practically know it by heart. And as a matter of fact, I still have that very book! Here is the GR link for it, which did not take me nearly as long to find as I thought it might (there are nearly 800 editions of Black Beauty listed). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... The story follows Black Beauty from his days as a foal through training, happy times, sad days, and many unexpected changes in both living and working conditions. We meet the people around him: good ones like John Manly and Jerry Barker, and bad ones like Lady W---. We get to know his friends: Merrylegs the pony, Ginger the high-spirited chestnut mare, Captain the ex-cavalry horse who survived what my adult self recognizes as the Charge Of The Light Brigade in the Crimean war. Throughout the book we witness the cruel treatment many horses received during Black Beauty's day. As frightening as city streets can be in modern times, with drivers of all skill levels behind the wheels of cars of all shapes and sizes, the London streets of the past would have been much much worse. Cars at least don't think for themselves. But imagine the horses! Being told what to do and where to go, but still with their own brains at work. If one got scared, it could trigger a catastrophe all around. This book was meant to show the inhumane treatment of horses, and to suggest better ways to behave. I have read a few copycat books written not long after Black Beauty was published, but this is the only one that gets the point across without being annoyingly preachy or interrupting the flow of the story. I thought Sewell's methods were quite effective. Black Beauty was my dream horse when I was younger, as I am sure he will be for many girls for years to come. It would be poetic for me to say that I thought of this book when I began working with horses myself, and remembered to use Sewell's gentle and friendly approach. But I loved any and all horses so much that it never would have occurred to me to behave any other way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    Very cute story and who wouldn't enjoy a story told from point of view of a horse. It brings animal abuse to the light of day which is a good thing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I'm sorry, I read this book when I was 6 or 7 and it almost scarred me for life..the sight of Ginger's body being carted away stayed with me for years. Between this, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, and of course Old Yeller I have to assume that somewhere there is a Marquis de Sade school of children's literature. I never gave these to my children as they were growing up (they had to make do with Narnia, Charlie Bucket, and some others). Neither the books nor the movies did I take them to I'm sorry, I read this book when I was 6 or 7 and it almost scarred me for life..the sight of Ginger's body being carted away stayed with me for years. Between this, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Yearling, and of course Old Yeller I have to assume that somewhere there is a Marquis de Sade school of children's literature. I never gave these to my children as they were growing up (they had to make do with Narnia, Charlie Bucket, and some others). Neither the books nor the movies did I take them to. If they want to read them later on their own, that's up to them. Note....There is a spoiler below line.-------------- (view spoiler)[It's a classic, and oh by the way when the horse is old he finally stops being tortured...whoopee. (hide spoiler)] I hated it. Update Jan. 2013 Okay I originally reviewed this in 2009 (just after my wife died). There has been a lot of "controversy" over my dislike of this book (as there has been over my reviews of Old Yeller, The Yearling, etc., etc...). This was (I think) the first book my dad bought me when it became clear I was reading well beyond my "school fellows" (I was 6 I think). I hated this book. I still retain the picture in my mind of Ginger being removed lolling head and all. In my life I've had enough of pain. As a kid (on a farm) I had 2 dogs shot lost a dog to distemper and had to deal with deaths of other animals I loved. I also had to deal with the loss of people I loved. My dad (and mom) were of the generation that said, "their just animals". I believe they thought that stories like The Yearling, The Red Pony and so on toughened kids up and prepared them for life. The fact I actually loved my pets was almost foreign to them. They saw no difference (or little difference) in a dog and a hog or a beef cow or whatever. I have dealt with the actual pain of loss in life and I see no reason to spend good time and money to experience artificial emotional pain. Yes life can be hard, but love is worth it. In the darkest view of things to love anyone or anything is a down-payment on pain. To love a pet or a person one of you will in most cases die first. Still to concentrate on that misses the truth that with pain there is a time of love. C.S.Lewis said:“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” I don't think inoculating a child with stories like Old Yeller helps them. It actually helps build those walls. As I noted. The books still exist. If my kids choose to read them they can. They're both adults now. I think they actually effected me negatively and chose not to expose my kids to them. Had one of them brought one of these books home from the school library I'd have warned them it was sad but they would then have read it, I wouldn't have forbidden it. I just didn't choose to supply that experience. We have lost pets to death and from that I think they have understood that life ends. Their mother (my wife) died in 2009. They know people you love pass. I don't think children need these books to "get it". Each parent will decide on their own...but MY EXPERIENCE of these books has been negative and I rate them accordingly. Each here may rate and review them as they see fit...please if these are books you like enjoy. I've lived life and don't need my free time reading (or indeed viewing) to tell me how life can hurt.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses. I’m giving it only 3 stars, however, not because I wasn’t one of those girls who were big horse fans (which I wasn’t really), but because for me it was just too emotionally harrowing. This might have been the first book I ever read that made me sick with depression. The horse goes through a lot of suffering in this book. Not for the overly sensitive but a beautifully told st This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses. I’m giving it only 3 stars, however, not because I wasn’t one of those girls who were big horse fans (which I wasn’t really), but because for me it was just too emotionally harrowing. This might have been the first book I ever read that made me sick with depression. The horse goes through a lot of suffering in this book. Not for the overly sensitive but a beautifully told story. Terrific one for teaching empathy for non human animals.

  14. 4 out of 5

    AMEERA

    DNF 50% i love horses but sorry i can't

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Anna Sewell's evocative, poignant and yes, often devastatingly brutal autobiography of a horse is a novel which even though I very much and dearly cherish and appreciate (and consider even somewhat of a favourite), I am also glad to have first read as an adult, and not as a child. Horses being amongst my favourite animals, particularly Black Beauty's trials and tribulations, his often neglectful and at times even deliberately cruelly abusive grooms and owners, the fact that there are also horses Anna Sewell's evocative, poignant and yes, often devastatingly brutal autobiography of a horse is a novel which even though I very much and dearly cherish and appreciate (and consider even somewhat of a favourite), I am also glad to have first read as an adult, and not as a child. Horses being amongst my favourite animals, particularly Black Beauty's trials and tribulations, his often neglectful and at times even deliberately cruelly abusive grooms and owners, the fact that there are also horses depicted who succumb, who perish due to abuse and neglect (Ginger's suffering and death are especially sad, heartbreaking and infuriating), all this would have likely been much too saddening for my sensitive childhood self (I would thus not automatically recommend Black Beauty for younger children, and would strongly encourage parents and caregivers to pre-read the novel, to check if the subject matter could perhaps not be too much for very sensitive children, especially children who are vegetarian or vegan). As an adult (I first read Black Beauty at around age twenty or so), I can not only appreciate both Beauty's life-story, but also (and perhaps even more) the historical fact that Anna Sewell's masterpiece (written with pathos, understanding, humanity, but also with gentleness and tenderness) actually had a profound socially relevant effect in so far that particularly in Great Britain, there was a move started to make life easier and less strenuous, less harsh for especially work and carriage horses (the eventual banning of the bearing reign which caused horses' heads to basically be yanked into a permanently unnaturally high position, and the even more horrid docking, cutting of horses' tails were two of the most well-known and necessary changes brought about partially due to the popularity of Black Beauty and the public outcry its publication engendered). Black Beauty is in many ways a narrator who thinks and feels as a human being, albeit he is also not a typical anthropomorphic human-like entity, as he cannot speak, and still looks, moves and acts like a typical horse. And this is actually the case with most of the other horse characters described, as Ginger, Merrylegs, even Beauty's own mother all think and emote as humans would, with their thoughts and musings presented, but always they do act and react like typical horses, not like horses in a humanoid costume, a for me profound and appreciated consideration, as I have never truly enjoyed very anthropomorphic animals all that much, especially if they act not according to their nature, but according to how humans would act and react (thus, if Black Beauty were to have actually spoken aloud, if he had been depicted as a quasi talking horse, I would definitely not have enjoyed his story quite as much). Considering that Anna Sewell was an invalid since an accident at age fourteen, and often confined to her bed (in almost constant, often excruciating pain for most of her adult life, she died soon after Black Beauty's publication), the themes and also the writing style are exquisite and nuanced, balanced, showing not only Black Beauty's trials and tribulations, but also equally demonstrating tenderness, joy and much happiness (Beauty's life with his mother and original aristocratic owners, even his first sojourn as a London cab horse are happy, the latter being a rather hard working existence perhaps, but with a kind and thoughtful owner/driver who as much as possible strives to ease the often difficult conditions Beauty faces, until he himself falls ill due to thoughtless aristocratic customers keeping the carriage waiting in the pelting rain and snow, as they arrogantly enjoy society's extravagances). And while Anna Sewell's masterpiece does, indeed, hold very clear and powerful pleas for a change in attitudes towards horses, towards poverty, it is nevertheless Black Beauty's own story that shines through (Black Beauty is thus not simply preachiness, and while the messages are obvious and thankfully strongly and impassionately presented, the plot, the themes, the tale itself always comes first and is as readable and as approachable today as it was in the late 19th century, when it was first published).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A timeless story that should be required reading for everyone, whatever the age. When this book was written, horses were used for every kind of pleasure and work, and were part of most upper class households. Many thought of them the way we think of cars, vehicles there for our use and disposable when they no longer meet our requirements. These, however, are sentient creatures, with needs and feelings, and Sewell wrote a moving and informative piece in their behalf. Who would not fall in love wit A timeless story that should be required reading for everyone, whatever the age. When this book was written, horses were used for every kind of pleasure and work, and were part of most upper class households. Many thought of them the way we think of cars, vehicles there for our use and disposable when they no longer meet our requirements. These, however, are sentient creatures, with needs and feelings, and Sewell wrote a moving and informative piece in their behalf. Who would not fall in love with Black Beauty; who would not suffer for these noble creatures when they are mistreated? The descriptions of check-reining made me feel sick for the horses and completely angry with the people who would do such a thing for fashion's sake alone. Some of the horses were treated well with poor owners and some badly with wealthy owners, proof that the difference was in the heart of the person who owned them. Sewell set out to expose the cruelty and idiocies of animal mistreatment and she succeeded in spades. We don't have the exposure to horses that this society did. There are not horses in our streets and we do not use them for hauling our goods to market, but there are still lessons to be learned here. You can see the results of mistreatment of dogs and other domestic animals as close as your internet connection or your local animal shelter. Man failing to appreciate the animals around him is an age old problem and one that still requires our attention and improvement. This is the first book that has made me cry quite a while!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Irmak

    Kitaba başlamadan önce bir atın hikayesini okuyacağımı biliyordum fakat kitabın iç kapağında yazan 'bir atın otobiyografisi' yazısını görmediğim için atın ağzından okumayı beklemiyordum. O yüzden kitaba başladığımda bu durum beni şaşırttı. Siyah İnci Anna Sewell'in yayınlanan ilk ve tek kitabıymış. Geçirdiği bir rahatsızlıktan dolayı hayatının geri kalanında at arabasında taşınmak zorunda kalmış Anna Sewell ve bu rahatsızlığın ölümcül olduğunu öğrendikten sonra yazmış Siyah İnci'yi. Atlara olan d Kitaba başlamadan önce bir atın hikayesini okuyacağımı biliyordum fakat kitabın iç kapağında yazan 'bir atın otobiyografisi' yazısını görmediğim için atın ağzından okumayı beklemiyordum. O yüzden kitaba başladığımda bu durum beni şaşırttı. Siyah İnci Anna Sewell'in yayınlanan ilk ve tek kitabıymış. Geçirdiği bir rahatsızlıktan dolayı hayatının geri kalanında at arabasında taşınmak zorunda kalmış Anna Sewell ve bu rahatsızlığın ölümcül olduğunu öğrendikten sonra yazmış Siyah İnci'yi. Atlara olan düşkünlüğü ve sevgisi yüzünden onların bazılarına yapılan eziyetlere bir tepki olarak yazılmış bu kitap. İyi ki de yazılmış. Kedilerden sonra en sevdiğim hayvan attır. Onlardaki asaletin hiçbir canlıda olduğunu düşünmüyorum. O yüzden kitaba karşı daha başlamadan bir sempatim vardı ve başladıktan sonra da büyük bir keyifle okudum. Kitaptan bu kadar keyif almamın en büyük etkilerinden birisi de çeviriydi. Kitabın çevirisi gerçekten son derece duru ve akıcıydı. Okurken sizi asla zorlamayacak bir klasik Siyah İnci, zaten çocuk klasikleri arasında yer alıyor. Keşke çocukken okumuş olsaydım dedim bazen, eminim ki o zaman daha başka bir tat alacaktım bu kitaptan. Kitapta Siyah İnci'nin başından geçen ve şahit olduğu olayları okuyoruz. Doğduğu çiftlikte ona oldukça iyi davranan sahipleri olan Siyah İnci hayatın atlar için hep böyle güzel olduğunu düşünüyordu ama satılacak kadar büyüdüğü zaman başkasına satıldı Siyah inci ve insanların atlara karşı ne kadar kötü olabileceğini öğrendi. Ve birkaç sahip değiştirmek zorunda kaldı. Zaman zaman yük atı olarak kullanıldı, ata binmeyi bile bilmeyen insanlara denk geldi ama şanslıydı Siyah İnci. Her zaman bir yerlerde iyi insanlar da çıkıyordu karşısına. Bence herkes Siyah İnci ile tanışmalı ve herkes kendisini hayvanların yerine koyabilmeli. Onlara boşuna Allahın sessiz kulları denmiyor. Sana muhtaç olan bir canlıya yaptığın eziyet sana bir gün fazlasıyla dönecektir. Bugüne kadar bana muhtaç olan bir canlıya hiçbir zaman arkamı dönmeye vicdanım el vermedi, yolda bulduğum ya da bir şekilde karşıma çıkan bütün yaralı hayvanlara yardım etmek için elimden geleni yaptım. Bu yüzden hayvanlara zulmeden insanları asla anlamadım, anlayamayacağım da. Bu kitap, çocuklara hayvanların insanlardan beklediği şeyin ilgi, sevgi olduğunu anlatabilecek en güzel kitaplardan birisi. Bence her çocuk bu kitabı mutlaka okumalı ve hayvanları severek büyümeli.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barry Cunningham

    I read this book in my very early teens and loved it, it was a classic then and a classic now, beautifully written it just fires up a young persons imagination and evokes emotions. If you have not read this book then you must.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    I'm not sure this is a book I would rave about, but it is one I'm happy to have read. While I wasn't a fan of reading from the horses perspectives, it served it purpose and by the end I was really feeling for them. I learned a lot and I'll be thinking about this for a long time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    Black beauty is one of the most sensitive and heartfelt animal stories I have read. Being an autobiography of a horse, Black Beauty exposes the suffering of horses due to the thoughtless and cruel conduct of humans and advocates the need for their overall welfare. It is said that what inspired Anna to write the only book she ever wrote was to create social awareness of the suffering of horses and to induce to treat them with kindness, compassion and understanding. Although the story is focused o Black beauty is one of the most sensitive and heartfelt animal stories I have read. Being an autobiography of a horse, Black Beauty exposes the suffering of horses due to the thoughtless and cruel conduct of humans and advocates the need for their overall welfare. It is said that what inspired Anna to write the only book she ever wrote was to create social awareness of the suffering of horses and to induce to treat them with kindness, compassion and understanding. Although the story is focused on horses, it teaches the world in general the need to be kind, considerate and sympathetic toward all animals. I read this story for the first time when I was about nine. I remember being heartbroken and unhappy for days, for I was a very sensitive child. I’ve heard that some say this book is unsuitable for children as it unsettle their mind. I’m no psychologist and cannot account for its truth, but I think this should be read by children. Kindness, compassion, sympathy towards all beings is qualities that we have to cultivate in children’s mind from an early age. The best mode to instill those qualities in children is to show how other beings suffer in their absence. Written of the world as seen through the eye of a horse, the story creates a certain sense of shame. Humans as an intelligent species to have treated their inferior beings in the manner described in this story are quite shocking. I’m inclined to think that in modern time we do treat animals far better. The story is beautifully written. From the first chapter the reader is drawn in to the life of black beauty. It is amazing how strongly the readers get attached to the main character and narrator, black beauty that when he suffers, our heart breaks and when he is happy and content, our hearts are overjoyed. The simple and sensitive presentation and the truthful and sincere story line are extremely touching. I enjoyed the read very much, perhaps more so the second time around. My revisit of this beautiful classic was due to a goodreads challenge that I have taken, and I'm really glad to have done so.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nadin Adel

    Black beauty is the only book written by Anna Sewell. I bought this book may be 17+ years ago, when I used to read illustrated and abridged versions of literature. Later on I deduced that would leak out the story's essence and turn it into complete fragility. However, the story here is more of an annoyance to me. It is a story of a horse's life. I believe we cannot learn lessons from a horse's life as they are not humans and are not created for the same reasons we are created for. I understand the Black beauty is the only book written by Anna Sewell. I bought this book may be 17+ years ago, when I used to read illustrated and abridged versions of literature. Later on I deduced that would leak out the story's essence and turn it into complete fragility. However, the story here is more of an annoyance to me. It is a story of a horse's life. I believe we cannot learn lessons from a horse's life as they are not humans and are not created for the same reasons we are created for. I understand the value the author tried to focus on of treating animals, especially horses, with fairness, careness (if that is even a word!), and tenderness. I was expecting a story similar to that of "Spirit" and that would be much more thrilling. Yet the story is terribly boring, with chapters that seems so repeatedly written with different characters that you actually forget who was whom. Moreover, the part were Black Beauty meets Ginger again is devastating, the only difference between them was nothing to do with their attitude, but apparently mere luck of being sold to the right person. Or rather putting it right: Fate. This is my SECOND read this vacation 😄 So YAAAAAAAAAAAY 🙌🙌🙌

  22. 5 out of 5

    Werner

    Note, Oct. 13, 2015: The review below is premised on the idea that this is a children's book; it's typically treated as such today, and I did read it as a kid. But my fellow Goodreader Fiona just made me aware that Sewall actually intended the novel for adult readers. This should be kept in mind in approaching and interpreting it! ********************************** Since this is basically a children's book, my rating is based on my reaction to it as a child reader. If I re-read it now and rated i Note, Oct. 13, 2015: The review below is premised on the idea that this is a children's book; it's typically treated as such today, and I did read it as a kid. But my fellow Goodreader Fiona just made me aware that Sewall actually intended the novel for adult readers. This should be kept in mind in approaching and interpreting it! ********************************** Since this is basically a children's book, my rating is based on my reaction to it as a child reader. If I re-read it now and rated it as adult fiction, probably the rating wouldn't be as high; and it's also the case that the book wouldn't be as easily read or understood by modern kids as it was by their Victorian counterparts. Only the more motivated and better readers in that age group would be apt to give it 4 stars today. This "Autobiography of a Horse" narrates an equine life running pretty much the gamut of possible horse experiences (except for cavalry service) in the 19th century, many of them decidedly unpleasant. Sewall's message is a forceful and entirely justified plea for decent and humane treatment of the animals whose well-being is so dependent on us. The book is well-written (being intended for younger readers, its prose is more direct and straightforward than that of much Victorian adult fiction); its human and animal characters are vividly-drawn individuals, the pacing is brisk, and it has a satisfying, full-circle kind of plot. To maintain her conceit of a horse narrator, of course (and to do so for an audience too young to respond to the drastically different style of thinking and narrating that would actually be expected from an animal if it could speak), the author makes her horses much more intelligent and anthropomorphic, and much more capable of verbal communication with each other, than they probably really are. Black Beauty, Ginger, and Merrylegs come across essentially as humans in horse bodies. This makes it easier for kids to identify with them, and to see them as entitled to kind treatment; but it arguably sets that conclusion up for refutation and rejection once the readers realize that this picture of horses isn't accurate. Possibly it might be better not to make the case for decent treatment of animals depend on an anthropomorphic view of them, but rather on the fact that they do have feelings and needs which it diminishes us to ignore and deny. It's also true that children who have no experience at all of horses being used as draft animals might find the issues posed here hard to understand or relate to. But for kids --and adult readers-- who can understand the underlying concept, this book has all sorts of modern-day applications to issues, such as factory-style farming, pet neglect, use (or abuse) of animals for "research" purposes, etc.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    A poignant and strong read for me when I was a child. Emotional and informative. Narrated by a horse, Black Beauty talks about Animal Rights.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    You may read online here. This a very touching novel by Anna Sewell who described the abuse of bearing rein in the horses. Nowadays this question of mistreatment of animals is becoming a harsh reality even in the XXI century. A movie was made based on this book Black Beauty (1994).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eryn

    I read this as a child, many years ago. All I remember is that I loved the story, and wanted my mom to read it to me at least once a month.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    من الرائع حقا رؤية البشر وتصرفاتهم من وجهة نظر حصان خلال أحداث الرواية كلها وأيضا علي لسانه لا أعتقد اني رأيت الفيلم من قبل ولكن اتمني رؤيته قريبا لأشاهد تجسيد الحصان الجميل "بلاك بيوتي" في الواقع تلك الحيوانات الملوكية الحساسة التي تحتاج لعناية وفهم خاصين جدا شعرت مع كل كلمة أن الكاتبة أصلها حصان وليست إنسان الطريقة التي تعبر بها عن إحساس "بلاك بيوتي" ومعاناته وآلامه كإنها عانتها من قبل استغرب حقا كيف يستطيع إنسان معاملة هذا الكائن الرقيق بشكل خاص بتلك الوحشية ولجميع الحيوانات بشكل عام وكإنهم لا من الرائع حقا رؤية البشر وتصرفاتهم من وجهة نظر حصان خلال أحداث الرواية كلها وأيضا علي لسانه لا أعتقد اني رأيت الفيلم من قبل ولكن اتمني رؤيته قريبا لأشاهد تجسيد الحصان الجميل "بلاك بيوتي" في الواقع تلك الحيوانات الملوكية الحساسة التي تحتاج لعناية وفهم خاصين جدا شعرت مع كل كلمة أن الكاتبة أصلها حصان وليست إنسان الطريقة التي تعبر بها عن إحساس "بلاك بيوتي" ومعاناته وآلامه كإنها عانتها من قبل استغرب حقا كيف يستطيع إنسان معاملة هذا الكائن الرقيق بشكل خاص بتلك الوحشية ولجميع الحيوانات بشكل عام وكإنهم لا يشعرون ولا يحسون طالما لا يتحدثون باللغة البشرية كنت أفرح كثيرا عندما أجد بعد الشخصيات تعاملهم بشكل رائع كإنهم أفراد من العائلة مهمين واحزن حزن شديد جدا لوصف الحصان للإناس الذين يتعمدون أذيتهم بشكل أو بآخر سواء بلاك بيوتي نفسه او أصدقائه من الخيول الأخري الجميلة حقا الكاتبه عبقرية لقدرتها علي التحدث هكذا ووصف حتي ما يعانيه الحصان من الكابح او اللجام وايضا شعوره بمن يركبه هل محترف ام مبتدئ وسيتسبب في المشاكل قربتني تلك الرواية من هذا الكائن الجميل أكثر وزادت حبه في قلبي أكثر وكرههي لبعض انواع البشر الذين يجب ان ننفي عنهم صفة الآدمية أكثر وأكثر وأكثر

  27. 4 out of 5

    Winter

    4,5 Stars A lovely read, although very hard in parts. Even though there's plenty of happy moments there's also abuse and I teared up in the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*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 Lon ~*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 (Smoky the Cowhorse…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?” Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram | Google+

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This was my favorite book as a child. Although my edition was published in 1955 by Whitman, my cover is different than the one shown. I'll try to add a photo later. (Well, I can't seem to get the link correct and the image just gives an error.) Try this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2214676...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder

    A lovely, lovely story! The author effortlessly inspired me to suspend disbelief and lose myself in the world of a horse via his thoughts and impressions!

  31. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Book on CD narrated by Simon Vance. First published in 1877, this is the only novel written by Anna Sewell, but it has become a much-loved classic and one of the most widely read animal stories. Black Beauty tells his own story, from his early days as a colt frolicking with his friends and his mother, to learning to accept a bridle, saddle and rider, to being sold as a carriage horse, then to pulling a cab in London, and eventually to a happy country life once again. I had a copy of this book when Book on CD narrated by Simon Vance. First published in 1877, this is the only novel written by Anna Sewell, but it has become a much-loved classic and one of the most widely read animal stories. Black Beauty tells his own story, from his early days as a colt frolicking with his friends and his mother, to learning to accept a bridle, saddle and rider, to being sold as a carriage horse, then to pulling a cab in London, and eventually to a happy country life once again. I had a copy of this book when I was a child; it was part of a set of classics that included works by Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain (among others). But for some reason I never read it, even during my “horse crazy” phase. I’m so glad I finally got to it. It’s a timeless tale with a simple message: Be kind to everyone (and everything). Sewell manages to convey this through Beauty’s experiences, both good and bad. The hardcover text edition I got from the library was also beautifully illustrated by Lucy Kemp-Welch. There are several full-page full-color plates, as well as small ink drawings beginning each chapter. Simon Vance does a marvelous job voicing the audio version. He gives life to the story, without being overly dramatic. It’s a great book to “read aloud” and I highly recommend listening to it with your children or grandchildren.

  32. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jesus

    Uma história comovente e perturbadora. Relata-nos a história de amizade entre uma mulher e o seu cavalo. Eu amo cavalos. E um dia também queria aprender a montar num. Mas não saberia suportar a dor de perder o meu cavalo se tivesee um.

  33. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I read this book when I was a child. It is a moving story. I even have the movie. This book got me started on the Fury series. I enjoyed both -- Black Beauty and the Fury series -- very much.

  34. 4 out of 5

    Ellinor

    As I young girl I never was much into horses as were all the other girls from my class. This is why I never read Black Beauty. I also never saw any of the movie adaptions. All I knew was that it was about a very beautiful horse. Reading this book I was surprised by three things: First of all, it was completely different from what I expected. I had kind of imagined a story about a wild horse. This so totally wasn't the case. The second thing was, that Anna Sewell turns out to be the Charles Dicken As I young girl I never was much into horses as were all the other girls from my class. This is why I never read Black Beauty. I also never saw any of the movie adaptions. All I knew was that it was about a very beautiful horse. Reading this book I was surprised by three things: First of all, it was completely different from what I expected. I had kind of imagined a story about a wild horse. This so totally wasn't the case. The second thing was, that Anna Sewell turns out to be the Charles Dickens for animal rights! She tells about all the mischief and maltreatment that happened to horses. And this directly leads me to the third surprise: Balck Beauty was published in 1877, almost 140 years ago. I was very surprised to see some dealing with animal rights topics at this time. I had always thought this to be a much modern topic. I enjoyed the writing very much and I so felt with Black Beauty and all the other horses. In the end I was really close to tears. Black Beauty is a novel I'd widely recommend!

  35. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    I was so in love with horses from a young age and I remember crying my little eyes out when I read this book. It broke my heart when poor Black Beauty was abused and broken. I was elated when Beauty was reunited with a former caregiver. This classic story is great and a must for anyone who cares for animals.

  36. 4 out of 5

    Siv30

    הספר פורסם בשנת 1877 ובתחילה נתפס כספר לבני נוער, אבל עם השנים הפך לקלסיקה גם למבוגרים בשל התכנים שבהם הוא עוסק. Black Beauty הוא סיפור חייו של סייח מנקודת מבטו של הסוס באנגליה הוויקטוריאנית. בתקופה הזו סוסים היו כלי התעבורה העיקרי של בני אדם ולכן הם היו מרכזיים בחייהם. בניגוד לספרים של ג'ק לונדון שם חיי בעלי החיים הם משל לחיי האדם, הסיפור אינו משל לחיי בני אדם אלא סיפור על זכויות בעלי חיים והאכזריות של בני האדם כלפי בעלי החיים. במהלך הספר סוול מתארת תיאורים קשים ואכזריים על עבודה מופרזת, הזנחה ופ הספר פורסם בשנת 1877 ובתחילה נתפס כספר לבני נוער, אבל עם השנים הפך לקלסיקה גם למבוגרים בשל התכנים שבהם הוא עוסק. Black Beauty הוא סיפור חייו של סייח מנקודת מבטו של הסוס באנגליה הוויקטוריאנית. בתקופה הזו סוסים היו כלי התעבורה העיקרי של בני אדם ולכן הם היו מרכזיים בחייהם. בניגוד לספרים של ג'ק לונדון שם חיי בעלי החיים הם משל לחיי האדם, הסיפור אינו משל לחיי בני אדם אלא סיפור על זכויות בעלי חיים והאכזריות של בני האדם כלפי בעלי החיים. במהלך הספר סוול מתארת תיאורים קשים ואכזריים על עבודה מופרזת, הזנחה ופציעות. היא מעבירה היטב את המסר שבעלי חיים יכולים להרגיש כאב בדיוק כמו בני אדם ולכן התעללות בבעלי חיים היא פשע (אומנם פשע נפוץ באנגליה הוויקטוריאנית אבל עדין פשע). לפי מה שקראתי בשיטוטי באינטרנט, הספר של סוול הפך ללהיט ענק, עורר זעם ציבורי ועניין עצום ובזכותו חוקקו חוקים להגנת רווחת בעלי חיים. התיאורים על האכזריות שבשימוש בסוג רסן האופנתי ("bearing rein") הגורם לסוס לזקוף את ראשו, גרמו לכך שבאנגליה השימוש ברסן זה הוצא מהחוק. הספר בוחן את מערכת היחסים בין בני אדם לבעלי חיים והוא בוחן את שלל הצורות האפשריות באמצעות חייו של הסייח: החל מאהבה וטיפול מסור, למערכת יחסים סימביוטית בין רוכב לסוס שלו ועד למערכת יחסים אכזרית שבה הסוס נתפס כעבד. סוול מנצלת את הספר גם לעורר מודעות על נזקי השימוש באלכוהול ותוצאות ההרסניות של השיכרות. תוצאות השימוש באלכוהול כל כך שליליות ודרמטיות, שהן מובילות לפציעתו של יופי ולהתדרדרותו כלפי מטה. השכרות מובילה לאובדן עבודה, הרס המשפחה ולבזבוז כסף.

  37. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    Black Beauty was the first novel I read at the age of eight and the first I cried my eyes out to. The story follows the life of the titular horse Black Beauty chronicling his childhood as a young, care-free colt to the onerous days where he worked for several merciless human masters. I grew up in a house that was home to abandoned or injured critters and adoptive pets. I adored animals and being the anti-social child that I was always found a non-judgemental, loving friend in them. So it was only Black Beauty was the first novel I read at the age of eight and the first I cried my eyes out to. The story follows the life of the titular horse Black Beauty chronicling his childhood as a young, care-free colt to the onerous days where he worked for several merciless human masters. I grew up in a house that was home to abandoned or injured critters and adoptive pets. I adored animals and being the anti-social child that I was always found a non-judgemental, loving friend in them. So it was only natural that this book would hold a special place in my heart even after sixteen years. Black Beauty is certainly not the greatest (or one of the greatest) work in literature, but it’s still magnificent because of its simplicity and innocence. Despite the brutish treatment meted out to our eponymous protagonist, it’s truly heart-shattering how Black Beauty continues to maintain goodwill for humanity. The novel was written during the Victorian era when the Industrial Revolution was rapidly changing the face of the nation and horses were gravely overworked. Through this moving story, Anna Sewell tried to bring to light the plight of the overworked animals who didn't deserved the cruelty with which they were treated. Just writing this review made me teary eyed-such immense power this novel holds over me. “We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

  38. 5 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    What a bleak story. It’s interesting how I keep looking back on books that I loved as a child with a happy heart, only to discover how my memory of them is completely different from what they really are. Or maybe it’s just that my outlook on life has changed since then, that I now see and know about certain realities that I wasn’t aware of back then. It’s like a bucket of ice water called knowledge is being thrown in my face with each book I take off of my memory shelf. This story is overflowing What a bleak story. It’s interesting how I keep looking back on books that I loved as a child with a happy heart, only to discover how my memory of them is completely different from what they really are. Or maybe it’s just that my outlook on life has changed since then, that I now see and know about certain realities that I wasn’t aware of back then. It’s like a bucket of ice water called knowledge is being thrown in my face with each book I take off of my memory shelf. This story is overflowing with messages of morality. Like an in your face, no apologies even remotely considered, after school special on animal cruelty mixed with a hint of other miscellaneous flawed human behaviors. I cringed flipping through the various chapters acknowledging such topics as animal mutilation and/or forcing them to wear or do things a certain way for the sake of fashion and animal neglect and abuse due to ignorance and/or straight up cruelty. Then you have the human side of things with stealing, laziness, alcohol abuse and general inhumanity. You also have some religious undertones complimented by a generous helping of basic right and wrong. I also noticed the parallels between my thoughts on my current life situation and Black Beauty’s wish to return to the carefree pasture of his youth once he had stepped into the world of employment. I don’t know how many times I have pondered what it would be like now if I had the time I had then as well as the general lack of responsibility and worry. I can assure you that the promise of any time of day or night ice cream is not enough to balance that scale. So, a children’s story I read when I was probably nine that housed this much adult themed material without overwhelming the child reading it? I am in awe.

  39. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    This was a firm favourite in childhood. In fact a good portion of my beloved books back then involved horses, The Black Stallion, Flicker, The Bumper Girls Collection of Horse Stories. I'm pretty sure I dreamed of having my own horse too, sadly I had to share Barbie's with her instead. Scarred for life. Set in turn of the century London this book was a moving and powerful read for me, I recall feeling quite emotional in parts and read it numerous times. I was in love with Black Beauty, like many This was a firm favourite in childhood. In fact a good portion of my beloved books back then involved horses, The Black Stallion, Flicker, The Bumper Girls Collection of Horse Stories. I'm pretty sure I dreamed of having my own horse too, sadly I had to share Barbie's with her instead. Scarred for life. Set in turn of the century London this book was a moving and powerful read for me, I recall feeling quite emotional in parts and read it numerous times. I was in love with Black Beauty, like many other girls of a similar age. This one will always be a favourite book ever and it's still a book that today will make readers really happy. A 5 star classic.

  40. 5 out of 5

    Azee

    Beautifully written and unforgettably sad. Stresses so much on how cruelty effects others, human or animal. Though it felt confusing at times, this story would stay in my heart forever.

  41. 5 out of 5

    WhatIReallyRead

    I've never read this book as a kid. And as it turns out, I'm probably not one to read children's books as an adult, even if they are classics. So the main character in "Black Beauty" is a horse. I've read a couple books like that before and enjoyed them. But whereas The Art of Racing in the Rain had a an actual plot - a story of a family told from the dog's perspective, and The Call of the Wild had an interesting historical fiction/adventure backdrop, I found Black Beauty to be boring and complet I've never read this book as a kid. And as it turns out, I'm probably not one to read children's books as an adult, even if they are classics. So the main character in "Black Beauty" is a horse. I've read a couple books like that before and enjoyed them. But whereas The Art of Racing in the Rain had a an actual plot - a story of a family told from the dog's perspective, and The Call of the Wild had an interesting historical fiction/adventure backdrop, I found Black Beauty to be boring and completely empty. Each chapter is an education in horse mismanagement. Throughout the book I find out that: - if the horse's shoe falls off and you keep riding it on a paved road, it's hoof will get hurt; - if you feed the horse too much and exercise it too little, it will feel hot and restless; - if you feed it too little and work it too hard, it'll feel weak and tired; - if the light in the stables is too dim, its eyesight might get worse; - if the horse's head is forcibly held up too high, it has a hard time pulling a lot of weight; - etc. etc. I don't own a horse, nor do I ever plan to. I'm not even that into horses at all, so why would I care about the particularities of equine diet or the proper use of riding equipment? Because, you know, it's not like anything else is happening in this book except ticking off all of the above mentioned. There is no plot, no insight into human nature from an animal's perspective, no interesting historical backdrop. The horse changes faceless, indistinguishable owners, gets mistreated/mismanaged in a bunch of ways, and that's it. I didn't care about any characters - equine or human, and was generally bored out of my mind. So this is another classic piece of literature I completely missed the point of. Maybe if you're a kid or a horse lover it turns into a masterpiece? I don't know. Definitely didn't work for me.

  42. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. I was surprised at the date this was written. It has a "whenever, whatever time" kind of feel to it and I loved that. Unfortunately, I didn't like much else. It was splendidly written, though at times it felt more like an instruction manual on how to look after horses than anything else. I just didn't enjoy the disjointed way it was told: obviously anything written from the P.O.V. of a horse isn't go Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. I was surprised at the date this was written. It has a "whenever, whatever time" kind of feel to it and I loved that. Unfortunately, I didn't like much else. It was splendidly written, though at times it felt more like an instruction manual on how to look after horses than anything else. I just didn't enjoy the disjointed way it was told: obviously anything written from the P.O.V. of a horse isn't going to be anything but disjointed, but then the P.O.V. didn't feel wholly "believable", if that is even something I can even comment on. Who knows? All I know is, I don't really like horses but I certainly don't want people to shoot them just because they didn't jump over the fence at Ascot. All I know is, I thought it was a pleasantly written and told book but it's not what I like in a book. All I know is, I didn't much enjoy it as a whole. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  43. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Ah, the Victorians! I had no idea that this book wasn't in fact a cute story about a horse, but actually a treatise on animal cruelty. So there I was, reading this book aloud to my three-year-old, and skimming over things like horses being beaten to death or just whipped until blood is dripping in the streets of London! WOW! It's a great book, but I think it's definitely for older children, who can handle this sort of realism and will be able to discuss their feelings with you.

  44. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Minunată carte!

  45. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Since I know very little about horses, I learned many different interesting facts about a horse's life. I Liked how the story was told from Black Beauty, the main character in the story point of view.

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