The Classics Club Spin #24

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The Classics Club is holding its 24th Spin, and my 10th. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before next Sunday, 9th August. 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 30th September, 2020.

I missed the last spin because it all happened very quickly so I’m delighted we have more time both for posting our lists and planning our reading this time! I’m getting close to the last twenty on my list now, so my spin choices are more or less determined by what’s left. I already have several of the chunkier ones on my reading list for the next few months and can easily swap the order around, so for once I’m not too bothered about hoping for a short one!

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1) Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

2) The American by Henry James

3) My Antonia by Willa Cather

4) Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

5) The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

6) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

7) Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp

8) Children of the Dead End by Patrick McGill

9) The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

10) No Mean City by Alexander McArthur and H. Kingsley Long

11) Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

12) The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson

13) The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

14) The Drowned World by JG Ballard

15) Way Station by Clifford D Simak

16) The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

17) I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane

18) The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

19) The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

20) Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

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Which one would you like to see win?

65 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #24

  1. I can’t decide! With these titles, it’s very likely you’ll be encouraging me to add another to my list. I’ve only read The Game of Kings and also The Last of the Mohicans in childhood, so can’t remember anything of it except the title. Go Tell It on the Mountain is on my TBR, and actually No Mean City is kind of calling to me…

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    • I should be reading The Game of Kings soon whether it wins or not, unless I have to bump it again to make room for another massive winner! I’ve never read The Last of the Mohicans before, but it sounds like my kind of thing, so I’d be quite happy to get that, or Go Tell It on the Mountain. No Mean City has a bit of a reputation for not being terribly well written but for either being a definitive description of how things really were in the Gorbals (about three miles from where I grew up), or possibly for having created that violent image of Glasgow through exaggeration. I think it’s been partly responsible for the grim and gritty gangster-ridden crime fiction of Glasgow either way…

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  2. You have such good choices here, FictionFan, that’s hard to know which one to back. The Baldwin, the Cather, the Carr… all terrific additions to your list. I must say, I don’t think you’ll go for I, The Jury, although I could be quite wrong. But whatever happens, you’ll have an interesting reading experience…

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    • I’d be happy to get any of the ones you mention – in fact, there are really none left on my list that I wouldn’t be happy to get. Funnily enough, I did read and enjoy a Spillane way back in my youth, but I have no idea how his style would work for me now – I’m certainly a more critical reader these days! 😉

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  3. My Antonia and Go Tell It on the Mountain are on my own reading list, and I read Whisky Galore years ago and quite liked it, though it is very silly. You certainly have a good mixture.

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    • I’ve seen the film of Whisky Galore many years ago, but never read the book, so it would be fun to get it. Either My Antonia or Go Tell It on the Mountain would be great too, though. In fact, for once I’d be quite happy to get any of the books on my list – I think I’ve done quite a good job of not leaving all the less attractive ones to the end.

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  4. Lots on here that I’ve never even heard of (blogging has definitely shown me all the gaps in my knowledge of classics). Mansfield Park was my favourite Austen for a long time (recently supplanted by Persuasion), so I’m hoping that wins!

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    • Yep, far too many books in the world for any of us to do more than scratch the surface, I think! I love Mansfield Park, though P&P will always have a special place in my heart – Darcy’s the best hero of them all! 😉

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  5. I have read four from the list: Tiger in the Smoke, Anatomy of Murder, The Hollow Man, and The Long Goodbye. Of these the first and the last are very good with Goodbye being sheer poetry and poignancy. But I want to read about Children of the Dead End and Way Station and so I hope either of that wins.😀😀

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    • Ooh, You’ve got me hoping The Long Goodbye wins now! Any of the crime ones sound good to me, though, or I’d be quite happy to get either of your picks. It’s quite nice, for once, that there aren’t any on the list that I’d actually be sorry to see win!

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    • I’ve read Mansfield Park several times before but will still be delighted if it comes up – I love re-reading! Tiger in the Smoke is always the one Allingham fans seem to recommend, so that would be a good choice too. But for once I’ll be happy whatever comes up… I think!

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  6. I’ve only read Mansfield Park and don’t have a strong opinion about the rest. Kind of hoping the Chandler comes up – yet another author, I need to get started on. If you read The Long Goodbye and I read your review, can I cross him off my list? 😉

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    • Hahaha, what a brillinat way to reduce all our TBRs if we just allocate books to certain readers and then all count them as read! You should market that idea! I’d be more than happy to get the Chandler – I’ve enjoyed the little I’ve read of him before.

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  7. I’m feeling like a bit of a dummy since I only recognize maybe half of these!! (if even) I’m hoping you get My Antonia. It’s one I have marked at the library and hope to get to someday. I think it’s actually part of a trilogy? I won’t be rooting for Mansfield Park. 🙄 Sorry.

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    • Ha, it’s because my list has all these obscure Scottish books on it that no one has ever heard of – including me! Oh, dear, I take it your Austen reading didn’t go well then? Oh well, we can still be friends… so long as you don’t diss Dickens… 😉 I’d quite like for My Antonia to come up – it’s been on my TBR for ever, I think!

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        • I think her style is very English and I’ve also often wondered if I’d have loved them as much as I do if I hadn’t read them when I was a teen/twenty-something – the age of most of her heroines, in fact. But having learned to love them back then, I’ve re-read them all my life with just as much pleasure… 😀

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          • I think I probably would have enjoyed it far more in my youth. Maybe even pre-pandemic. Even though I still read a fair number of books in July, several (including Persuasion) were really short, but took me forever to get through. I think the only one I zipped through was the Southern Sisters mystery, which was my last book of the month. Those are such fun!

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            • The pandemic has definitely been affecting my enjoyment of books I might have liked at other times. I’ve abandoned more books in the last three months than I usually do in a year. The short books I’ve been reading for the 20 Books of Summer have been great actually – they’ve really kick-started my reading again. Ploughing through a long novel, especially if it’s not thrilling me, still feels like a bit of a challenge…

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  8. My inclinations would be The Drowned World (because we all need more end of the world stuff right now, don’t we?) or No Mean City, which I had never heard of before now. I remember sitting in Glasgow CBD one gloriously sunny Tuesday afternoon after returning from walking the West Highland Way, lots of shoppers, mums with prams, radio station broadcasting from an outside booth, and a stabbing outside the shoe shop. Even the victim and the attending emergency workers looked casual and relaxed and enjoying the sunshine.

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    • Haha, yes, I wasn’t expecting the end of the world to actually happen when I put all these apocalyptic novels on my list! Well, you see, we don’t get sunshine very often here, so we can’t let a little thing like attempted murder spoil our enjoyment. I’m amazed any Scot had the energy to stab anyone when the sun was out – we usually go into a state of complete lethargy and sunstroke for the duration… it must have been a tourist… 😉

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    • I love Mansfield Park and it’s seriously overdue for a re-read, so I’d be delighted if it comes up. But I’d be happy with the Bester too – it feels like a long time since I read any science fiction other than the occasional short story…

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  9. The only books I’ve read from your list are Mansfield Park (loved, because it’s Austen) and My Antonia, which I don’t remember at all–I should really reread it. But you’ve got so many other interesting options, you probably can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

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    • I’m in the fortunate position that any one of these books will be a good choice – I seem to have left quite a lot of the goodies on my list to last! I’m in the mood for an Austen re-read though, so will be delighted if Mansfield Park pops up. 😀

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    • Sorry, your comment ended up in spam so forgive the delay in replying! The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler – hurrah! I’m just in the right mood for a bit of world-weary private eye stuff. The Classics Club Gods have been kind to me for once! 😀

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