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How Much Land Does A Man Need? By Leo Tolstoy

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This is my second Penguin Little Black Classics book choice – my first book was A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree by Kenkō (read my review here) and I thought this was a great opportunity to read some of Leo Tolstoy’s work. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer in the 1800’s and is most famous for his book War and Peace and his other work Anna Karenina. This book has two stories from his original work titled, How Much Land Does a Man Need? and Other Stories published in 1836.

How Much Land Does a Man Need?
The first story is Tolstoy’s famous parable, How Much Land Does a Man Need? which tells the tale of a Russian peasant farmer who boasts a lot and becomes a little greedy. The beginning of the story Read the rest of this entry

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A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree by Kenkō

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This book is one of the 5 Penguin Little Black Classics I choose to read as covered in March Book Bag Bundles. These books are brilliant handbag sized reads and a chance to read something different.

Yoshida Kenkō was a Japanese monk who wrote Essay in Idleness in the 14th century. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree is made up of extracts taken from it. This little book is Kenkō’s thoughts and observations and is a fascinating, interesting read. He really makes you think about life and Read the rest of this entry

Cannery Road by John Steinbeck

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I was inspired to read Cannery Row by John Steinbeck when we went to Monterey as part of our honeymoon in June this year. I really liked Monterey, the aquarium was amazing and the interesting history of Cannery Row was on little notice boards along the footpath. John Steinbeck and his book were also mentioned and so I thought I would check it out. Read the rest of this entry