Black Beauty was one of the first books I remember reading as a child.
As a child I loved the fact that the story was told from Beauty’s POV.
I’ve read that when Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty she hoped to highlight the terrible conditions that horses worked under during her lifetime.
The book is a narration through Beauty’s life from a colt to old horse, and he goes from well loved pet at Squire Gordon’s to taxi cab horse to eventual retirement in the country.
I was eager to get in to the story. Perhaps because my first book for this challenge Born Free was still such a delight to read as an adult.
Sadly I did not get the same feeling with Black Beauty, and at times had to force myself to continue reading.
The story did not hold the same magic. It is well told, but Black Beauty is told in more simplistic language and therefore perhaps better suited to a younger audience.
I still felt sadness at the turns Beauty’s life took, and empathetic toward horses in general at a time when animal welfare was not known or cared about as it is today.
Black Beauty is in my opinion a great book for younger readers. There is a simple charm to the tale, and I can imagine that younger readers would still feel the magic I did at their age.
The book just doesn’t cross over well though for adult readers.
- Black Beauty – I Tried (epricepatel.wordpress.com)