Classics club Spin#20

roulette-wheelTime for another round of the Classics Club Spin.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of this, the idea is to create a list of any twenty books remaining from your Classics Club list, numbering them 1-20. On Monday 22nd April the Classics Club will announce a number. This is the book I will need to read by 31st May.

Since I don’t have 20 titles left unread from my original list I’m having to be creative. Numbers 16-20 are new additions.

  1. The Black Sheep  — Honore Balzac 1842
  2. Basil Wilkie Collins 1852
  3. Framley Parsonage  Anthony Trollope 1861
  4. New Grub Street George Gissing 1891
  5. O pioneers —  Willa Cather  1913
  6. Gone to Earth  — Mary Webb 1917
  7. Age of Innocence  — Edith Wharton 1920
  8. The Last September —  Elizabeth Bowen 1929
  9. All Passion Spent  Vita Sackville West 1932
  10. Frost in May Antonia White 1933
  11. Old Soldiers Never Die Frank Richards 1933
  12. Turf or Stone  — Margiad Evans 1934
  13. The Grapes of Wrath   John Steinbeck 1939
  14. Never No More Maura Laverty 1942
  15. The Quiet American  — Graham Greene 1955
  16. Alone in Berlin Hans Fallada 1947
  17. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 1927
  18. No Name Wilkie Collins 1862
  19. Evelina Frances Burney 1778
  20. The Lifted Veil — George Eliot 1859

I’m rather hoping for Turf or Stone by the Welsh author Margiad Evans , a dark novel about an abusive marriage. I’ve never read anything by her previously but she features in the Library of Wales collection of Welsh ‘classics.’



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Posted on April 16, 2019, in Classics Club and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. I hope you get Turf or Stone simply because it was recently recommended to me. There again, it’s such a great list that were it mine, I’d be happy with anything that came up!

  2. I hope you get your wish but there are plenty of books on your list I’d be happy to get. My list will be up tomorrow.

  3. I do hope you get your wish, especially as it’s a title I’m not familiar with, so one that no doubt deserves to be better known!

    I do admire you for going down the classic route, it’s rare I indulge those anymore, apart from the likes of Colette, a woman who defied convention and managed to get her own name reinstated on her works.

    • I saw the film Colette a few weeks ago – I had no idea about her life story so that part was interesting. Not sure how close it was to her real life but that husband was a piece of work wasn;t he!

  4. The Age of Innocence is fantastic. Fingers crossed you get your choice!

  5. I know you created the list and therefore control its contents but I’d be hoping for certain of those above others. Fingers crossed you get the Margiad Evans.

    • although all the books on the list are ones I want to read, I do have my fingers crossed that certain ones don’t get chosen right now because they don’t suit my mood…

  6. I loved The Grapes of Wrath and To the Lighthouse. I read Gone to Earth as a teenager and loved it – and re-read it a while ago and still enjoyed it despite its melodrama and occasional moralising. I liked the descriptions of the Shropshire countryside and its recreation of a rural community in the early years of the 20th century.

  7. so many I had never heard of. It’s the 2nd list I see Basil by Collins, I have not read it

  8. Lisbeth Ekelöf

    Interesting and mixed list. Personally I love Collins, Trollope, Green and Woolf. I have some by Wharton on my list and am eager to read her books, as well as Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

  9. Interesting list! Several authors I don’t know at all. I recently read “The Grapes of Wrath” and enjoyed it a lot. Hope you get a book you love!

  10. I’ve only read two – The Grapes of Wrath and No Name, and since I’m not a Wilkie Collins fan, I’ll hope you get the Steinbeck! Although coincidentally I was chatting to someone the other night who was amazed I hadn’t read The Quiet American and was twisting my arm to do so…

  11. I read No Name way back when for CC spin #6 and loved it. I’m now planning to read as many of his books (in chronological order) as I can. Basil is his first book and on my spin this time too.

  12. I love Alone in Berlin and No Name, but there are a lot of other books on your list that sound interesting too. I have The Black Sheep on mine but at a different number. Good luck on Monday!

  13. So many good books on your list, you really can’t lose no matter what number comes up!

  14. Yours is the 4th Classics Spin post I have read today. Now I am eager to see which book you each get next week!

  15. I read Age of Innocence recently and it was wonderful although my favourite of Wharton’s is still The House of Mirth. I also just loved To The Lighthouse. Have a great spin, and I hope you get a perfect choice!

  16. If I could I would probably choose The Quiet American. We got talking about Greene in one of my book groups last month and I realised how long it was since I had read anything by him and was reminded just what a great writer he was.

    • It’s a few years since I read him too – I appreciate him more now than I did when he was on my university reading list and had to rattle through them

  17. Hope the odds are in your favor. I’m loving the spins because it forces me to read the books that I have been putting off. 🙂

  18. I’ve read Alone in Berlin out of these, it was pretty good! One of those that stays with you.

  19. If you get Alone In Berlin, I’d be interested to hear what you think. I read it a few years ago and thought it was good.

  20. Happy ‘Spinning’ 😀

  21. An interesting list! A few chunky ones in there, as well as The Lifted Veil, which really divides opinions amongst Viragoites!

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