Black Beauty by Ana Sewell talks about the unfair and difficult lives animals witness due to lack of empathy in human beings. It raises the concern of the dire need of soft corner towards animals.
The horse – Black Beauty, is a healthy and handsome horse who tells his story in his own words.
There are many moments in the book when you can feel what the horse is feeling and you will immediately have a sense of empathy for all the animals. You can literally relate to the plight of animals who despite all unfair devoured on them, resume to serve us humans. The book makes you question the sanctity of kindness in humans.
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There is a part in the book where Black Beauty describes his plight and how the rider was responsible for it yet he took no notice and continued to whip the horse for the sake of speed. This scene churned my heart. There are many such excerpts which will connect you with the horse.
Since the story is written from a horse’s view, it naturally becomes little bit disconnected. Moreover, there are certain parts in the book where I feel the story is being dragged way too much and becoming too preachy.
Other than that, it’s a great book. Anna Sewell offers an insight to a world where animals are used to serve humans – that every creature deserves to be treated with kindness; it has been enough of human beings to mistreat animals for their benefit sake. There are beautifully posed sentences which bring about a sense of spirituality while you read them.
Few example of such sentences.
If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without; and a good man will find a way.
There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
Rating – I would give a 3.5/5 to this book.
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This book will be a nice read for children and even adults.
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