The Classics Club Spin #32

Rien ne va plus…

The Classics Club is holding its 32nd Spin, and my 14th. The idea is to list 20 of the books on your Classics Club list before next Sunday, 11th December, 2022. 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 29th January, 2023.

My enthusiasm for my new-ish CC list is still strong, so any of these will be a good choice, even if it’s one of the monsters! Mind you, I still need to fit in my Christmas Dickens over that period… but I can do this! Do your worst, Spin Gods – bring it on! Here’s my list…

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The Scottish Section

1)   The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett

2)  The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides/A Journey to the Western Isles
…… by James Boswell/Samuel Johnson

3)   Hester by Margaret Oliphant

4)   Gillespie by John MacDougall Hay

5)   Open the Door! by Catherine Carswell

The English Section

6)   Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

7)   The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

8)   She by H. Rider Haggard

9)   The Third Man and The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene

10) The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott

The Foreign Section

11) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

12) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

13) Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

14) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

15) Germinal by Émile Zola

The Genre Section

16) Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy

17) Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

18) Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

19) A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

20) The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout

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Which one would you like to see win?

39 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #32

    • I quite fancy Open the Door! – I’ve seen a couple of intriguing reviews of it. The Way We Live Now would be a re-read of a pre-loved book, which is always good! Turns out it’s Far from the Madding Crowd though, which is also a re-read… 😀

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    • I’d have been happy with either of those, but I’m happy with the result too – Far from the Madding Crowd. I read The Way We Live Now some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it although I don’t remember much but the broad outline now. Hopefully I’ll get to it in the not too distant – I’m in a Trollope mood at the moment!

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  1. This is a great list, FictionFan. There are several there that I wouldn’t mind reading myself. I always meant to read Cry, the Beloved Country, and I still haven’t! And I wonder what you’ll think of the Chandler if that’s the one you get. And just those two examples show what a variety you’ve got in your list! I’m impressed!

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    • I love when the list is new and the books all still look appealing! I’ll be sick of the sight of some of these titles four years from now… 😉 I’ve meant to read Cry, the Beloved Country for years took – some books just seem to stay on the radar but never make it onto the reading list, don’t they? The Chandler should be fun, though I don’t always love the hard-boiled style.

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  2. There aren’t many of those that I’ve read! I enjoyed Far from the Madding Crowd, but I think I would be hoping for Death Comes as the End as it’s a Christie I haven’t read yet. Good luck!

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    • Well, they chose Far from the Madding Crowd and I’m happy about that! I read it in school but since that was half a century ago my memory if it is non-existent, so it’ll be like reading it for the first time. 😀

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    • I’d have been pleased to get the Christie, but the Spin Gods have chosen Far from the Madding Crowd, which I’m also happy about – I do like Hardy! Yes, indeed – I see you saw my Dickens pick after this comment. Hard Times is one of the shorter ones so at least I should have time for both it and Hardy!

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    • The Spin Gods must have been listening to you – I got Far from the Madding Crowd! It is a re-read but from when I was at school half a century ago, so my memory of it is non-existent. I do love Hardy though! 😀

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    • I love having a new-ish list – haven’t had time to go off the idea of any of these books yet! I’d have been happy with The Way We Live Now since I’m in a Trollope mood at the moment, but the Spin Gods have chosen Far from the Madding Crowd, which I’m happy about too – I do love Hardy!

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  3. It’s tough to pick one. I really enjoyed Hester when I read it. I also have read Far From the Madding Crowd several times. It’s a favorite. I haven’t read it for years and years, but I remember thinking Cry the Beloved Country was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I don’t know how it will stand up to current times, though.

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    • Well, it turns out it’s Far from the Madding Crowd, and that suits me fine – I do love Hardy! I’m secretly quite happy it’s not Crime and Punishment – it’s one of those books I feel I *should* read, rather than actually wanting to.

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    • The Spin Gods ignored your wishes and gave me Far from the Madding Crowd instead! I’m quite happy with that – it’s a re-read but from when I was at school half a century ago, so I remember nothing about it! Looking forward to both Dostoevsky and Fifth Business when they finally come up – I’m still enthusiastic about all the books on my list! No doubt I’ll be sick of the sight of some of them before I get to the end… 😉

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    • It’s one of those books that get referenced all the time in anthologies and histories of the genre, so I feel it’s a real gap in my reading. The Spin Gods picked me Far from the Madding Crowd, so not this time but I’ll get to Looking Backward one day!

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