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text 2016-11-20 21:05
Review: The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Penguin Little Black Classic #108)
The Sandman (Penguin Little Black Classics) - E. T. A. Hoffmann,Peter Wortsman

Goodreads summary:

"Strange man, how can you have eyes for sale? Eyes? Eyes?"

The disturbing tale of a young man's obsession with the Sandman, stealer of eyes, which has inspired writers from Sigmund Freud to Neil Gaiman.

 

My opinion:

I know this is a crappy summary, but it describes it actually perfectly (I don't know about that Neil Gaiman part, because I haven't read anything by him yet). This is a famous German classic. I had my eyes on it for a while (my plan was to read in German back when I had to read some German novels; glad I didn't read it back then though, because a) I don't know that much German and b) I think it's even better in English (I can't compare it though, but I mean that I understand it now more I think than when I read it in German). KarinaE (over at Booktube) read it and ever since I wanted to read it too, so I was really excited when I found out it was going to be published in this edition.

 

This story is dark, but really good. It's about how obsession can drive you crazy; how dreams and desire can drive you crazy too. This tale begins with three letters, but then it continuos through the eyes of a writer (it's strange yes, just read it) and then he tells us what happens next. I hoped it would be a tale through the young eyes of the character, but most of the story is from his adult point of view. However, I still liked it and recommend you guys to check it out as well. 

 

Have you ever heard of The Sandman and if you have read it: what's your opinion about it?

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text 2016-08-27 13:03
Review: The Tinderbox (Penguin Little Black Classic #23) by Hans Christian Andersen
The Tinder Box (Little Black Classics #23) - Hans Christian Andersen

Goodreads summary:

Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen's tales made him an international star, taken to the hearts of children and adults for their beauty, sorrow and strangeness. Included here are 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'Big Claus and Little Claus'.
 

My opinion:

There are six fairy tales in this collection: The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, The Princess on the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and The Red Shoes. Out of those fairy tales I liked The Tinderbox and The Steadfast Tin Soldier the most. I just wished they would have included his most famous fairy tale: The Little Mermaid. However, this is a great collection if you don't know where to start with his work and are not sure yet if you want to read all his fairy tales. 

 

What is your opinion about Andersen? What is your favorite fairy tale by him?

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review 2016-05-30 21:08
Review: The Kiss, The Two Volodyas and Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov (Penguin Little Black Classic #34)
Gooseberries (Little Black Classics #34) - Anton Chekhov

Summary:

The Kiss is about hope in love etc. 

The Two Volodyas is about a woman who rethinks her marriage and feels she married him for money instead of love and goes kinda crazy.

Gooseberries is about finding happiness and about hope and freedom.

 

My opinion:

This is what I think every Little Black Classic should be like. I loved all of the stories and I cannot wait to read more by this author (which is also not good because now I want to buy more books ha). I can't see which one my favorite story is, but if I have to choose I'll choose Gooseberries, because it has not only Russian themes in it, but also themes that are still relevant today. If you want to buy a little black classic, i highly recommend this one.

 

Have you read anything by Anton Chekhov and if so what is your opinion about his work/any recommendations?

 

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text 2016-04-19 19:29
I'm joining the Dewey's 24 Hour read-a-thon! + tbr

So this is going to happen again! Usually I can't participate because of school or other things, but now I can.

It will take place in the April 23rd (as you can see), but it starts at a different timezone for everyone. I live in the Amsterdam timezone, which means I will be starting at 2pm (on Saturday). I will try to post an update each hour (try, not making a promise here and of course not when I'm sleeping). I'm going to post on my Twitter, so click here if you don't follow me already. These are the books I plan to read: 

I think it's manageable and quick reads (and not too challenging) so I really hope I can get to these. If you want to join as well you can follow the original Twitter account (klick here) for sprints and use the hashtag #readathon to chat along. 

 

Are you going to join and if so what's on your tbr?

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