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 →


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 →

How To Be a Medieval Woman

GoodReads ★★ How To Be a Medieval Woman was like the polar opposite to last week's Little Black Classic: The Suffragettes, and it was a terrible read.Maybe if the main character was not called 'said creature' the entire time, THIS creature would have somewhat enjoyed reading it. This was what put me off right from... Continue Reading →

The Suffragettes

GoodReads ★★★★ This year I plan to read one of these Little Black Classics a week, so that I will finish them (currently at #94 of 127) and can start with the Little Mint Classics (the Modern classics). The Suffragettes was first on the list, and while it would have been a perfect read for... Continue Reading →

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 →


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 →

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