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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 torturedwhoopee hide spoiler 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 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. Black Beauty, Anna SewellBlack 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 1990 1368 313 19 1369 273 1377 150 1380 111 9649061479 1382 255 9649403159 1382 128 9648439001 1392 200 9789643807320 The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treatedMahatma GandhiI 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 sometimesWe shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beastAnna Sewell, Black BeautyA beautiful book that has pride of place on my bookshelf for I hope many years to come. 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 themand 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 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 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 relatedAnd 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 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 any 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 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 compassion to dead humans than living animals. 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. Anna Sewell s evocative, poignant and yes, often devastatingly brutal autobiography of a horse, her 1877 Black Beauty, is a novel which even though I very much and dearly cherish and appreciate and consider it even a personal favourite , I am also glad to have first read as an adult, and NOT as a child For with horses being amongst my favourite animals, particularly Black Beauty s many many 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 with poor Ginger s suffering and death being especially sad, heartbreaking and infuriating , all this would have likely been much much too saddening for my sensitive childhood self and indeed, I would thus not automatically recommend Black Beauty for younger children, and would also 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, and especially children who are ethical vegetarians or vegans But as an adult and 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 so the historical fact that Anna Sewell s masterpiece written with pathos, understanding, humanity, but also with gentleness and tenderness actually did have a profound and socially relevant effect in so far that particularly in Great Britain, there was a deliberate 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 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 Now Black Beauty is in many ways a narrator who thinks and feels as a human being, albeit he is also not ever 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 in Black Beauty, as Ginger, Merrylegs, even Beauty s own mother all think and emote as humans would, with their thoughts and musings presented by Anna Sewell, 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.And 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. 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. ^DOWNLOAD E-PUB ↳ Black Beauty ↚ Black Beauty Spends His Youth In A Loving Home, Surrounded By Friends And Cared For By His Owners But When Circumstances Change, He Learns That Not All Humans Are So Kind Passed From Hand To Hand, Black Beauty Witnesses Love And Cruelty, Wealth And Poverty, Friendship And Hardship Will The Handsome Horse Ever Find A Happy And Lasting Home Carefully Retold In Clear Contemporary Language, And Presented With Delightful Illustrations, These Favorite Classic Stories Capture The Heart And Imagination Of Young Readers By Retelling The Story In A Shorter, Simpler Form, These Books Become Highly Engaging For Children, And The Color Illustrations Help With Both Comprehension And Interest Level Black Beauty Is Part Of A Collectible Series That Has Strong Gift Appeal