A Modern Detective

GoodReads ★★★ Alas, this unfortunately was anything but a Modern Detective story. Poe is mostly remembered for his horror and/or plain weird stories and not as a writer of detective stories and after reading this Little Black Classic it is easy to see why.His literary detective solves crimes from his armchair, discussing the case based... Continue Reading →

Kidnapped

GoodReads ★★★ This was an interesting and quite shocking account of Olaudah Equiano, a freedman in 18th century Great Britain who's autobiography was important for the abolition of slave trade. Rather, this edition contained some chapters from his autobiographyAs has been the case for many of the collected editions in the Little Black Classics, the... Continue Reading →

The Yellow Book

GoodReads ★★★★ I like that Penguin collected in these Little Black Classics a couple of collections which are not, strictly speaking, books. The Yellow Book is one of them, a quarterly magazine with a collection of prose and verse from around the fin-de-siecle.It was the kind of thing that I would have never selected for... Continue Reading →

Green Tea

GoodReads ★★ Was it real? Was it all in his head? Or maybe in his green tea?A typical Victorian horror story where a clergyman drink green tea and starts seeing things that aren't really there. I found that nothing actually happened here, so I was left feeling rather disappointed. Le Fanu is not someone I... Continue Reading →

Tyger, Tyger

GoodReads ★★ So, I'm not one who is great on poetry - I'll be the first to admit that. This was the first of Blake that I have read and I didn't care much for it. I found the style to be rather dull - a lot of rhyming; the kind of assignments one might... Continue Reading →

The Stolen White Elephant

GoodReads ★★★ This was the first of Mark Twain that I read. I know - I'm hopeless behind on American Literature, I blame my education which failed to discuss any of it. (Truth be told, we also skipped from Jane Austen right to the WW1 poets because my English teacher couldn't stand Charles Dickens...)Four little... Continue Reading →

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

GoodReads ★★★★ The Death of Ivan Ilyich covers his sickness and ultimately his death in a form of Russian fatalism. The topics is rather heavy and I can't say I enjoyed reading it, but it was written very well and I liked that.It have read Tolstoy before so I already knew of his talents with... Continue Reading →

To Be Read at Dusk

GoodReads ★★★ This didn't really work for me, unfortunately. I often don't know what to do with the Victorian ghost-stories, since by our standards, they are hardly scary (but I guess they were for their time). In this edition however, were three stories and I felt they could perhaps have been a little longer and... Continue Reading →

Hannibal

GoodReads ★★★ Whenever I read about Troy, I cannot help but root for the Trojans. The same goes with Hannibal - I guess I prefer the underdog. This account is of course not really an objective account as history is written by the victors, and Livy being Roman didn't help of course. This is just... Continue Reading →

The Sea Raiders

GoodReads ★★★ A Slip Under The Microscope - another Little Black Classics, was still the only work of H.G. Wells I have read so far. Maybe, I should have read more, considering that I like science fiction a lot. The three stories that were included in the Sea Raiders, with deep-sea creatures taking it out... Continue Reading →

The World is Full of Foolish Men

GoodReads ★★ A collection of moralistic fables from the french author Jean de La Fontaine, which didn't really work for me. I thought the moralistic part of it was a bit too obvious and I prefer it to be a little bit more subtle. I was also not familiar with these (as I have been... Continue Reading →

Lady Susan

GoodReads ★★★★ For my Austen I read Pride and Prejudice in school because I had to, and it has left a bad taste, so I never returned to Austen - even though I know everyone loves the books. I wasn't really looking forward to Lady Susan, but I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this... Continue Reading →

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