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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

As I young girl I never was much into horses as were all the other girls from my class. This is why I never read Black Beauty. I also never saw any of the movie adaptions. All I knew was that it was about a very beautiful horse.
Reading this book I was surprised by three things: First of all, it was completely different from what I expected. I had kind of imagined a story about a wild horse. This so totally wasn't the case. The second thing was, that Anna Sewell turns out to be the Charles Dickens for animal rights! She tells about all the mischief and maltreatment that happened to horses. And this directly leads me to the third surprise: Balck Beauty was published in 1877, almost 140 years ago. I was very surprised to see some dealing with animal rights topics at this time. I had always thought this to be a much modern topic.
I enjoyed the writing very much and I so felt with Black Beauty and all the other horses. In the end I was really close to tears. Black Beauty is a novel I'd widely recommend