Worth reading. Recommended.
"No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier
I thought that was a really good interview with Jane Smiley. I remember reading Black Beauty for the first time and barely being able to get through it, because it was so sad.
Smiley did a nice job of contextualizing the novel in historical terms.
"The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky
Thanks for sharing this Mike.
I too read this book when I was very small and it made a profound impact upon me. I have not read it in many years, but I have never forgotten it or its lessons.