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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 28, 2000
    Columbia, Maryland

    Default NPR: "How Black Beauty Changed the Way We See Horses"

    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 6, 2000
    Amherst, MA


    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug. 30, 2011


    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.

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