Filled with vivid anecdotes about animal intelligence, the novel derives a special magic from the love of all creatures, great and small, apparent on every page. But the book’s lasting impact comes from its descriptions of a human society struggling to find the goodness within itself and its plea for kindness to all creatures - a message so powerful that this favorite classic began a crusade for animal welfare that continues to this day.
Anna Sewell was born in England in 1820. As a young girl, she witnessed great and frequent abuse of horses. A knee injury at 14 left her disabled, but she rode and drove horses very well, controlling them with voice alone, never a whip. She wrote Black Beauty in her 50s and died about a year after it was published in 1877. The book has had a tremendous impact in creating a new wave of humanist thinking towards animals.
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By Adrienne Brown on 21-10-17
a beautiful book<br />
I decided to listen to many of my childhood books and after listening to Black Beauty I was thrilled with my idea. I cried at the end. As an adult I realized that Anna Sewell wrote this book as a lesson for all owners of domestic animals that cannot speak for themselves.
By PowderRiverRose on 27-04-16
Read this book before getting any creature
The narrator has a lovely, perfectly balanced voice that gives depth and perspective to Black Beauty. Miss Sewell has written a beautiful story about the plight of horses but also no less the known, and possibly unknown, or sufferings of all.
It's terribly sad that after many millennia man is no better or kinder than we see in our historical past. I believe all people who wish to own any creature should listen to this book. My hope is it would stem the unending tide of cruelty to poor, defenseless animals. I think you will find this story to be among your favorite classics.