The Sandman

GoodReads ★★★ This was a very strange story and not at all what I had expected. I recently also saw a ballet based on the story and it was much lighter than this. The Sandman was rather dark and slightly depressing. Interesting choice from the Little Black Classics because it was not something I would... Continue Reading →

O frabjous day!

GoodReads ★★★ I am not overly familiar with Lewis Carroll's work since I never liked Alice in Wonderland too much (the movies, never read the books). His poetry was completely new to me, but after I recently read Edward Lear's nonsense poetry (which was being compared as similar to Lewis Carroll) I was not looking... Continue Reading →

Oroonoko

GoodReads ★★ What I like about the Little Black Classics is that you are reading so many different authors, including ones that you had never heard of before encountering them in this series. Aphra Behn was one of those, and to be honest, reading about her was the most interesting part of this classic for... Continue Reading →

Seven Hanged

GoodReads ★★★★ Seven Hanged was exactly why I like the Little Black Classics! I had never even heard of the author, and the subject of the book was so dark (the final weeks/days of seven people condemned to death) but I really liked it.Russian books always have this kind of depressing atmosphere, and Seven Hanged... Continue Reading →

Letters to a Young Poet

GoodReads ★★★★ I recently came across Rilke in a movie - I believe it was Marriage Story - which I watched just before it was the turn for Letters to a Young Poet. That I hadn't really had any prior knowledge of Rilke goes to show that I don't know a lot about poetry.This collection... Continue Reading →

Why I am so Clever

GoodReads ★★ Every week I read one Little Black Classic and this week's is Nietzsche supposedly self-mocking autobiography.I can be quick. To me, I found it less self-mocking and more like a man who is rather full of himself. Sure, he is exaggerating and it shows, but with this kind of snub undertones that go... Continue Reading →

The Frogs

GoodReads ★★★★ All year I've been reading one of the Little Black Classics each week, with different levels of success. Going into The Frogs, I has no idea what to expect.It turned out to be a play (I like plays), and as such a Greek comedy. I've in school studied some Greek theater, but these... Continue Reading →

Nonsense

GoodReads ★ This was utter nonsense!I guess the title should have given fair warning, but I was still surprised at it. Maybe I was missing a lot, but I could not get anything out of these poems and was just hoping the book would finish quickly.Really not my cup of tea. Nonsense (Little Black Classics... Continue Reading →

The Withered Arm

GoodReads ★★★★ The Withered Arm was a nice addition to the Little Black Classics collection. It has a bit of that late 19th Century feel to it with a story of a new bride who gets cursed through one of her dreams. It was an interesting story.The only thing I had previously read by Thomas... Continue Reading →

The Nun of Murano

GoodReads ★★★ I was unsure what to expect from this one. Okay, I knew exactly what I was expecting from Casanova, but this was also coming from the 18th Century and as such I still found it more explicit than I would have thought. Part of the larger collection of his escapades this focuses on... Continue Reading →

Typhoon

GoodReads ★★★ It has been a while since I read something by Joseph Conrad - in all honesty I only ever read the other Little Black Classics Tomorrow - but I liked that one so I was looking forward to Typhoon. A storm at see, terrible odds, what was not to like?And this was nice,... Continue Reading →

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