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review 2017-07-06 18:34
Lady Susan
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

This short novella has been a fun read. Mainly because the main character Lady Susan Vernon is a scheming, cunning, manipulating nightmare of a woman and she doesn´t mind one bit. She is the most unlikely Jane Austen heroine you could encounter in one of her books.

 

I did have some issues with it, though. I´m not particularly fond of stories told through letter (what this novella does) and the ending is so abrupt, it feels like Austen didn´t know how to proceed with her narrative at some point. 

 

I enjoyed reading this novella by Austen, it´s been a fun read but I´m not overly in love with it.

 

I´ve read this book for my Booklikes-opoly jail visit. 116 pages has been donated to the jail library.

 

 

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text 2017-07-05 07:58
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 128 pages.
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

My pick for the jail visit.

 

I´ve recently watched the movie "Love and Friendship", which is based on this short epistolary novella. So far I can say that I like the novella more than the movie. Lady Susan really is a cunning and scheming character, horrible and entertaining at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 - 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 2016-11-01 11:47
A Melancholy Short Ghost Stories...
Wailing Ghosts (Little Black Classics #07) - Pu Songling

... revealing great shining fangs more than three inches long.

 

It was Halloween and in a short notice, I wanted to read ghost stories. This was in my hand quite some time ago and I thought I give this a try, skip the rest of the volumes to read Pu Songling's Wailing Ghosts. Turns out... this is more of a melancholy tale of old folk's urban legend of the supernatural.



There are 14 short stories in total, not every single one of them is a good read. A few have ambiguous endings, some were lessons and the rest were... well, interesting. I myself love Butterfly because it reminds me of an old 1980s Hong Kong film A Chinese Ghost Story... just the essence of it. The rest can pass off as some thing where you heard it from some where but as urban myths. Of its entirety, I think Pu Songling was a better storyteller rather than a writer of stories, if you get my meaning.

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text 2016-08-17 08:17
Review: A Nervous Breakdown (Penguin Little Black Classic #111) by Anton Chekhov
A Nervous Breakdown (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Anton Chekhov

There are three short stories in this collection and this time I decided to show you a really short summary of each one, with my short opinion about and after that my opinion about the entire collection. 

 

I love the first story (A Nervous Breakdown)! This story is written so beautifully and I love the moral in this one!  about a man called Vasilyev. His two friends bring him to a famous prostitute street, but all he can see is how disgusting and wrong that business is. He thinks about it all the time and doesn't understand why this is still a thing and would love to stop it (like why could men think it's okay and see women as animals?), 'cuz he only wants to be in love with a woman. He tries to think of a plan to stop this business, but then gets all mad and gets a nervous breakdown. His friends try to help him but also think he's kinda crazy. 

 

The second story is called The Blank Monk, which is about a man who is bored with life and gets kinda crazy (a black monk ''comes by'' and gives him all the answers about life in general and how to be happy). I really liked this story, the only that bothered me though is why we never get to know what was in the letter at the beginning of this short story. I think that would have made the story even better, if it was explained (even if it was just a little).

 

The last story, called Anne Round Your Neck was awesome too. It's about an eighteen year old girl marries a fifty-two year old man, just because of his money, but she realizes that money shouldn't be the only thing to marry a man..

 

Again I loved all of the short stories. Penguin has done a great job when it comes to Anton Chekhov so I highly recommend his both little black classics. It made me want to read more by him now. 

 

Have you ever heard of Anton Chekhov and if yes: have you read something by him? What is your opinion about his works?

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