Time to take our classics club list out for a spin.
On Monday 7th March a number between 1-20 will be selected. To join in simply read the chosen book between now and May 2nd.
I love it every time I see the Spin post pop up.
I love seeing what everyone else is reading and I love preparing a new list.
My previous spins have been mostly successful and/or enjoyable. I’ve also enjoyed reading along with other Classic Clubbers during most of the spins:
#1 The Magnificent Ambersons with Cat @Tell Me A Story.
#2 Tess of the D’Urbervilles with JoAnn @Lakeside Musings & Several Four Many.
#3 My Cousin Rachel.
#4 The Brothers Karamazov with Bree who also read a Dostoyevsky novel for this spin. I gave up on this chunkster about halfway through, then I lost the bok during our move earlier in the year…serendipity, I say!
#5 The Odyssey with Plethora of Books. This one was a bit of a cheat as I had started it for another readalong, but struggled to finish. I added it to my list to motivate me to finish it. When no. 20 spun up it seemed like the gods had decreed it so!
#6 No Name by Wilkie Collins with Melbourne on My Mind.
#7 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson with Booker Talk – my first classic non-fiction spin.
#8 Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh has been my one and only dud Spin read so far.
#9 The Great World by David Malouf my first Australian classic spin.
#10 A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark.
#11 So Big by Edna Ferber with Christy where we experienced the joys of rediscovering a forgotten award winning classic.
I seem to have ended up with a few chunksters on this list, so I hope the spin will be kind to me (fingers, toes and eyes crossed)
- A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor (shared author with Juliana @The Blank Garden)
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte (reading with Cleo @Classical Carousel)
- Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins (shared author with What Me Read)
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (reading with cirtnecce)
- Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (reading with Jean @Howling Frog)
- Dubliners by James Joyce (shared author with Elspeth @The Content Reader)
- Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (reading with Lois @You Me and A Cup of Tea & shared author with Christina @The Ardent Reader)
- One of Ours by Willa Cather (reading with Shelley @Book Clutter)
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens (reading with Karen @Books and Chocolate)
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (reading with Lois @You Me and A Cup of Tea)
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (reading with Laurie @Relevant Obscurity)
- Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (reading with Karen @Books and Chocolate)
- Stoner by John Williams (reading with Care’s Books and Pies)
- The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (reading with Care’s Books and Pies)
- Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (shared author with Helen @She Reads Novels)
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (reading with Margaret @Books Please)
Dubliners was completed in ’05, but British & Irish publishers & printers found it so offensive & immoral it was suppressed. It finally came out in London in ’14, just as Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man began to appear in the journal Egoist under Ezra Pound’s auspices. The 1st three stories might be incidents from a draft of Portrait of the Artist & many of the characters who figure in Ulysses 1st appear here, but this isn’t a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyce’s life & mature work. It’s one of the great story collections in the English language–a brilliant, unflinching, often tragic portrait of early 20th-century Dublin. The book, which begins & ends with a death, moves from “stories of my childhood” thru tales of public life. Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.
Elspeth is reading a Joyce too. She’ll be tackling The Portrait of an Artist of a Young Man. I suspect it will be handy having someone to discuss Joyce’s writing style with.
What was your lucky spin book?