Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Black Beauty by Anna Swell, reviewed by Subhash Joshi

Black Beauty by Anna Swell

Reviewed by
Name: Subhash Joshi
School: Gyan Mandir Public School

Author : Anna Sewell

Black Beauty : A Horse

Squire Garden : Good master of Black Beauty


Here’s a story hold by a horse, I his own word. It is a story of how he was treated with affection and respect when he was a young and healthy horse, but how he fell into illness and despair, as he was passed from one set careless hands to the next.

As a very foal, the beautiful Black Beauty receives some very sound advice from his mother ‘She told me the better, I behaved, the better I should be treated and that it was nicest always to do my best to please my master but … said she, there are great many kinds of men. The are good, thoughtful men like. Our master that any horse, may be proud to serve; but there are bad, cruel men, who never thought to have a horse or dog to call their own. Besides, there are great man, foolish men, vain, ignorant and careless, who never trouble themselves to think, those spoil more horses than all just for want of sense; they don’t mean it, but, they do it for all that. I hope you will fall into good hands; but a horse never knows – who may by him, or who may drive him; it is all a chance for us, but still I say, do you dest wherever it is and keep up your good name. This piece advice lays down the plan for book. Block Beauty does indeed pass through the hands of all kinds of men – good, cruel and foolish.

At his first place, the local squire’s pull Black Beauty meets, other horses who al have stories to tell, about men and the ways, they treat their animals. Black Beauty is very happy wit the Squire Gordon, but the household is eventually. Closed down when the squire goes to live abroad and all the horses are sold on. Squire Gordon makes every effort to find Black Beauty a good place, and indeed does so, but no amount of effort can guard a horse from stupidity.

He is ridden carelessly by drunk servant one night and falls because he has broken shoe. The drunk and is killed, but Black Beauty is not blamed for that. They know it was the rider’s fault. Nevertheless, Black Beauty now has scarred knees from his fall and is no longer fit, to be in a gentleman’s stables: the black one he must be sold; a great pity, but I could not have knees like these in my stables! It is the beginning of the own ward spiral for Black Beauty. No longer fit to be a gentleman’s hose, he is sold on, to work for his living. There is nothing wrong with that of course, Black Beauty is proud and happy to work for a good master, but cannot work … well if he is not cared for properly.

My Opinion

Read the book to see how Black Beauty enjoys the many kindnesses and survives the terrible mistreatments. Black Beauty is a very understanding and forgiving horse and it does al end happily ever after. This book is almost a collection of short stories, as each chapter relates a different episode in the life of Black Beauty and other horses who he meets along the way.

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