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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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text 2016-03-25 16:19
Bookhaul #25

What can I say... I bought books.. again haha. I bought quite a lot, but let's say I blame the stress when it comes to school and they were cheap. Anyhow, these are the books: 

Oorlogswinter is a Dutch classic which I've never read, so when I heard it was only 1 euro, I had to buy it. It's about a winter in World War II. Of course I had to buy In The Afterlight, because it's the third book in The Darkest Minds trilogy. I gave away my copy of The Martian to a friend, because she will (is liking) it more than I do and she gave me Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because I really want to read it and she doesn't want to anymore. 

Heuh, Penguin Little Black classics? But Vienna, you already own them al?! That's what I thought as well! These are new ones Penguin came out with in March, but this time I decided to buy only the few ones I really want (I want three of four more, trust me). I bought the one by Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë. I've read other works by these authors and loved them all, so of course I had to buy these four first. 

My next goal is to make complete collections of authors that I already own some books of. I already had Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Pride and Prejudice, but now I own all of her novels. Sadly enough not in the same style (Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park are a bit different) and I had to buy Persuasion secondhand and it's a bit colour damaged, but it's complete! The short story collection is also on my way. Jane Austen isn't my favorite author (I've only liked Emma so far), but when I do like/love a book by her, I will also buy a different edition. I really want Emma in the Word Cloud edition, so yea. The edition I have now is very cheap, so then I don't mind.


What books have you bought recently? 

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review 2016-02-14 10:08
Review: How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Penguin Little Black Classic #29) by Michel de Montaigne
How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Little Black Classics #29) - Michel de Montaigne

My summary:

There are 6 essays in total:

1. How do we weep and laugh at the same thing: conflicts of emotions, mind opener
2. On conscience: coinscience makes us fight with ourselves.''For why should pain make me confess what is true rather than force me to say what is not true?
3. Fortune is often found in reason't train: ??
4. On pushing cowardice: punishments: when?
5. On the vaniy of words: persuading people with words/speeches
6. To philosphize is to learn how to die: happiness and blessedness teach how not to be afraid of dying


My opinion:

I really liked all of them and they were very moving, except the third one. I think it was because of my lack of English to fully understand this essay. I've never heard of Michel de Montaigne before and because of this Little Black Classic I want to read more of his essays, but then maybe in Dutch. I always have loved philosphy books and this one did not disappoint me at all. I also really liked how the topics were so various and this is actually a Little Black Classic that didn't disappoint me, because this is what I had in mind with this collection.


I also created a shelf on my Goodreads account where I have an overview of all the Little Black Classic I've read so far, so if you want to buy/read one and want to know if I've read it and what my opinion was: click here.


Have you heard of Michel de Montaigne before and if so what have you read by him?

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review 2016-01-21 12:06
Review: The Dhammapada (Penguin Little Black Classic #80)
The Dhammapada (Little Black Classics #80) - Anonymous

Goodreads summary:

'Hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.'

Captivating aphorisms illustrating the Buddhist dhamma, or moral system.


My opinion:

There were only quotes without explanation and without information who it was from. This made is so pointless and boring. It has 51 pages, but I stopped when I was at page 5. I cannot understand why someone would publish this as book.


Do not recommend this book at all.. I know there's a full version of it, but even the full version has the same layout as this one.

Whats is your opinion about The Dhammapada?

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review 2015-12-20 08:23
Review: To-morrow by Joseph Conrad (Penguin Little Black Classic #53)
To-morrow - Joseph Conrad

Goodreads summary:

‘It was as if the sea, breaking down the wall protecting all the homes of the town, had sent a wave over her head’ . . .

Set in a desolate English port, Conrad’s spare, savage turn-of-the-century story of lives haunted by the sea. One of Conrad’s most powerful, gripping stories.


My opinion:

I've read Heart of Darkness by the same author in November, so I decided to read this short story as well (I own the entire Penguin Little Black classics boxset, so yea). I didn't like Heart of Darkness at all but it was just ok so I gave it 2 stars... this short story was even worse! I could not give it a higher rating than a 1..


Most of the time I didn't even understand what the heck was going on, there was no moral and it was just weird.


I read it so I could finish all the books I own by him, but I don't think I will be buying any other book my him.. I don't like giving a low rating but sometimes you just have to..


What is your opinion about Joseph Conrad?

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