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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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review 2016-11-19 08:00
Traffic
Traffic (Little Black Classics, #06) - John Ruskin

Traffic consists of two different pieces. The first is a speech where John Rushkin is asked to talk about an Exchange but he just tells them he couldn't care less and talks about other things instead. This part was mildly interesting, but in fact very forgettable.

The second half was worse, and I had a little struggle to finish it. Not one of the best Little Black Classics that I've read so far.

Little Black Classic #6

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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 2016-06-27 09:25
Review: The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Penguin Little Black Classic #24) by Rudyard Kipling
The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Little Black Classics #24) - Rudyard Kipling

Goodreads summary:

'Mind you, it was a pukka, respectable opium-house, and not one of those stifling, sweltering chandoo-khanas that you can find all over the City.'

Kipling first became famous for his pungent, harsh and shocking stories of northwest India, where he grew up. This is just a small selection from his inexhaustibly contentious and various early work.

 

My opinion:

There are six stories in this bindup and here's my rating for each story:
1. Thrown Away 3 stars
2. False Dawn 3 stars
3. In the House of Suddhoo 1 star
4. The Bisara of Pooree 2 stars
5. The Gate if the Hundred Sorrows 2 stars
6. The Story of Muhammed Din 1 star.

 

Sadly enough not one story stood out for me or blew me away.. so this bindup it's okay. I think it's because of the subject and because they are just random stories, so I wasn't that interested. I recommend starting with The Jungle Books. 

 

What is your opinion about this short story collection?

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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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