The Classics Club Spin #19

In the lap of the gods…

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The Classics Club is holding its 19th Spin, and my 6th. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before next Tuesday, 27th November. On that day, the Classics Club will post the winning number. The challenge is to read and review whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by 31st January, 2019. This seems like a super generous amount of time, so the Club is recommending we set ourselves the challenge to read one of the chunkier books on our lists, and as we all know some of those pesky classics can be very chunky indeed!

All very well and I’m always up for a challenge! But… I’ve already scheduled my annual Dickens monster, Little Dorrit this year, for the festive season and also committed to reading all five of his Christmas books! So I’ve put some biggies on my list but I’ve also snuck some shorter ones in there in the hopes that fate will be kind to me *laughs hollowly*. It’s all in the lap of the gods…

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1) The American by Henry James

2) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

3) Cloud Howe by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

4) The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

5) Earth Abides by George R Stewart

6) Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

7) Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

8) The Bull Calves by Naomi Mitchison

9) I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane

10) The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

11) Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

12) The African Queen by CS Forester

13) Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

14) The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

15) Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein

16) In the Heat of the Night by John Ball

17) The Go-Between by LP Hartley

18) The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

19) Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

20) The Drowned World by JG Ballard

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I’d be delighted to read most of these. Remember, Classics Club Gods, short! Short! In the Heat of the Night. The African Queen. I, The Jury. But if you must go long, then Mansfield Park would be nice, or The Bull Calves, or The Game of Kings…

Which one would you like to see win?

61 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #19

  1. Tender is the Night – because I haven’t read it and am wondering what it would be like. Or The Game of Kings, because then I would have The Saint- Fiacre Affair by Georges Simenon, which is a slim book of 150 pages – sorry that’s mean of me. So how about the African Queen – then I would have Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford, which is very long, 906 pages! But I quite fancy reading Little Dorrit, also very long, which would mean you’d have Cloud Howe – that’s very short.

    I wonder what it will be …

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    • I read Tender is the Night in my teens and feel as if I loved it, but not as much as Gatsby. But I really remember so little it’ll be like a new read. Ha! I’d quite like The Game of Kings even if it is long, but Cloud Howe and African Queen would both be more manageable. Here’s hoping we both get goodies! 😀

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  2. I hope the gods do look favourably on you because you’ve already given yourself a big challenge for the end of the year. You have some good options in this list apart from the Margery Allingham which I couldn’t even finish and I’m not a lover of F Scott Fitzgerald….

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    • I’m not much of a fan of Margery Allingham either – since I’ve been reading so many other vintage crime writers I can’t understand why she’s rated as one of the best. I love Gatsby, but it’s been years since I read any of his other books. From memory, I enjoyed them but not with the same degree of enthusiasm. Sorry about the delay in replying – for some reason your comment had been sent to spam.

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  3. Oh, some great ones here, FictionFan! There are too many for me to list among the ones I hope you’ll get, to be honest. I have to be honest; I don’t think I, the Jury would be up your street, so I’m kinda hoping you won’t get that one. The others do look really good, though.

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    • Oh, really? I read one Mickey Spillane years ago and think I felt it was a bit pulpy – I certainly wasn’t inspired to seek out more at the time. I can’t remember the title but it is the one that contained his famous line “her hips waved a happy hello” which I must admit I love! Bit sexist, though, maybe… 😉

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    • Ah, I’d love to get Starship Troopers! I feel after all this Dickens I may need something light! That’s good to know about Go Tell It on the Mountain – I don’t really know much about it, so it will be a adventure… 😀

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  4. I love Little Dorrit and Mansfield Park (though I didn’t like the film adaptation of Mansfield). For entertainment’s sake, I’d like to see what you think of Mickey Spillane’s book, but I agree with Margot. So I’m going to pick The Drowned World. I haven’t read that one, so I’m not sure what to expect.

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    • I love Mansfield Park too – her most underrated book, I think. I expect I loved Little Dorrit too but it’s so long since I read it I don’t remember much – so it will almost be like reading it for the first time! Ha – you’ve both got me so intrigued now I’m really hoping the Spillane comes up! I don’t know much about The Drowned World either, but the blurb looks intriguing – I’d be happy to get it. 😀

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  5. I’d like to see Austen of Fitzgerald (I’ve never read Fitzgerald). I saw the post about the next spin list and let’s just say I’m excited because the last one went so well and I got a short one read and reviewed. But like you, I’ve already made plans to start another chunky classic in December (Daniel Deronda) and I recently finished another chunky one (No Name) this month. So maybe I *might* pick a few I could get to even with DD on schedule for the month.

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    • I’d love either of those, even though they’re longish. They’d both be re-reads, but it’s so long since I read Tender is the Night it’d be almost like reading it for the first time again. Yes, I’ve been trying to knock off a few of the longer ones on my list recently too, so a short one would be nice! Knowing my luck I’ll get an 800-page monster… 😉 Here’s hoping we’ll both be pleasantly surprised!

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  6. You’ve got some great books there, as well as some I know nothing about. I’m curious about Naomi Mitchison as I have one of her other books on my Classics Club list, so I hope you get The Bull Calves – unless you’re lucky enough to get one of the shorter ones!

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  7. I’m a huge Fitzgerald fan, so I have to go with Tender is the Night! It’s been so long since I read it, I’m tempted to read it again. This is a fun challenge! I’m hoping the challenge gods take it easy on you this round!

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    • It’s decades since I read Tender is the Night, but I think I enjoyed it. I have a tendency to keep re-reading The Great Gatsby and ignoring his other stuff! Those Challenge Clubs Gods are always horrible to me – they pick on me… 😉

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  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain is on my list too. Of the others, I’ve only read Mansfield Park and Tender is the Night. I’m interested in the Spillane, I’ve never read him. I hope for your sake you get a “fun sized” book and not a chunkster!

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    • I’d quite like to get Go Tell It On The Mountain, but in truth I’m in a bit of a slump at present, so I’m kinda hoping for a quick crime or sci-fi read. Or Mansfield Park – I’m never too slumped for Austen! 😀

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  9. I’m reading Heinlein right now (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress), nice to see a Sci-Fi title. I’ve only read one of these: Go Tell it on the Mountain; I can definitely recommend that. Enjoy!

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    • I’ve read very little Heinlein but am looking forward to getting to know him better. I’d be happy to get Go Tell It On The Mountain, though – it and Mansfield Prk seem to be the popular choices this time round… 😀

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  10. I read only a few of those, and, among those I read, I enjoyed Tender is the Night the most, so I guess I will root for it to win. I have always wanted to read Anatomy of a Murder. There is a well-known movie but I am particularly intrigued that it is based on an actual case.

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    • Tender is the Night seems to be getting a lot of support – it’s so long since I read it I have only the vaguest of memories, so I’d be pleased if it comes it. I enjoyed the film of Anatomy of a Murder, but the book is usually better, so that one appeals too, and the real-life element intrigues me too…

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