Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

Black Beauty is a 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. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. The story is narrated in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by the titular horse named Black Beauty.beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude. The book describes conditions among London horse-drawn taxicab drivers, including the financial hardship caused to them by high licence fees and low, legally fixed fares. A page footnote in some editions says that soon after the book was published, the difference between 6-day taxicab licences (not allowed to trade on Sundays) and 7-day taxicab licences (allowed to trade on Sundays) was abolished and the taxicab licence fee was much reduced.
190 printed pages


Aizat Ismail
Aizat Ismailshared an impression3 years ago
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💡Learnt A Lot

I'm kazak girl (Kazakhstan).And I learning English for myself.It was my first book in English.Book just great.Thank you very much 😻✋🏻

Galina Zhalnina
Galina Zhalnina shared an impressionlast year
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🔮Hidden Depths

Очень добрая книга.
Если бы конники ее читали, меньше было бы рассуждений о способах наказания лошадей и о том как лошадь что-либо "делает назло"

Katelyn Leah
Katelyn Leahshared an impression6 months ago
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🔮Hidden Depths
🌴Beach Bag Book

Amazing such a good book to read worthwhile could take it anywhere cant put it down once reading and love the hidden depths


Валерия Троцько
Валерия Троцькоhas quoted9 months ago
Now if any one wants to break in a young horse well, that is the way.
Елена Шеремет
Елена Шереметhas quotedlast year
I must not forget to mention one part of my training, which I have always considered a very great advantage
sarahsyazlina05has quoted4 years ago
I shall never forget the first train that ran by.

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