Classics Spin #20

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So there’s another Classics Spin? And I still haven’t finished my book from the last spin? And there’s a pile of library books still waiting to be finished?

Well, sign me up, of course!

It’s a mark of my consistent bookish optimism that I keep signing up for the spins, but there’s just something so irresistible about letting a “roll of the dice” decide my next read – at least, when dozens of other readers are playing along! And so, I present my semi-randomized list of twenty:

  1. Carson, Anne, translator – An Oresteia (Greece, 5th century BCE)
  2. Poe, Edgar Allan – Tales of Mystery and Imagination (U.S., 1830s-40s)
  3. Radcliffe, Ann – The Italian (England, 1797)
  4. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de – Three Exemplary Novels (Spain, 1613)
  5. Gaskell, Elizabeth – Cranford (England, 1853)
  6. Brontë, Anne – Agnes Grey (England, 1847)
  7. Anonymous – The Epic of Gilgaesh (Sumerian, c. 2150-1000 BCE)
  8. Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World (England, 1932)
  9. Wright, Richard – Native Son (U.S., 1940)
  10. Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain (U.S., 1953)
  11. Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop (U.S., 1927)
  12. Anonymous – Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)
  13. Camões, Luís Vaz de – The Lusiad (Portugal, 1572)
  14. Bolaño, Roberto – 2666 (Chile, 2004)
  15. Bromfield, Louis – The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
  16. Woolf, Virginia – Mrs. Dalloway (England, 1925)
  17. Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers (England, 1913)
  18. Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth (U.S., 1905)
  19. Anonymous – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (England, 14th century)
  20. Anonymous – Nibelungenlied (Germany, 13th century)

I’m most hoping for The Farm (#15) as I’d like to read it this spring. Or there’s Gilgamesh (#7) which is one of those library books that I should be reading anyways… But really, I won’t complain (I don’t think…) if I get any of these.

Any favorites you hope I get?

Happy spinning!

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20 thoughts on “Classics Spin #20”

  1. I love the Poe collection, so I’m hoping you get that. Or The Italian, which I haven’t read but really want to at some point. I loved Sons and Lovers back in my teens, and it’s on my Classics Club list too for a re-read – not sure how it will stand up to my more cynical adult view… Good luck – hope you get a good one!

  2. I would choose The House of Mirth hands down. Actually, I would love to participate in a read-along of it one day. It would be fun to discuss with others. Beowulf is a favourite of mine and as I saw the Radcliffe title I remembered that I need to continue on with The Mysteries of Udolpho. So many books started lately and fewer completed. I need to change that. Happy spinning, Amanda!

        1. Cleo, I’d be in! Whichever month suits you best. And if I can get my act together this spring, I might even try for Four Loves….so many books, so little time. 🙂

    1. My mom really recommends House of Mirth – I intend to read it this year, spin title or not. And Beowulf would be a reread for me! I’m not sure it’s a favorite (yet?), but I wanted to try more than one translation, so if that spins, I’ll be read the Tolkien version that was published a few years ago. So many fun options! Happy spinning to you as well.

  3. What a good mixture of classics. I might be inspired to add some of them to my list. Some others are already there.

    1. Thanks, Lisbeth! My current Classics Club list is a balance between books I’ve not read but everyone else seems to have and books that I really just want the push to read. The spins are great for those pushes!

    1. Even if I don’t get Beowulf for the spin, I’ll most likely reread it this year. I first read it a few years ago, but wanted to try a different translation. I hadn’t considered looking for old English…

    1. Thanks, Jane. I’m not sure too many people know The Farm anymore – the author, Louis Bromfield was much more popular in the 1920s and 1930s than he is today. But it’s part of my project to read authors from Ohio. Bromfield’s actual farm is only about an hour from my house.

  4. What a great list! I enjoyed Mrs Dalloway, Sons and Lovers and Agnes Grey and you have several more I’d like to read eventually. In fact – I’d happily read almost all of them!

    1. Thanks, Sandra! This is one of my more favorite spin lists that I’ve had lately – I don’t think there’s a single title I’d shy away from if it was spun.

  5. I enjoyed Cranford, Agnes Grey, Brave New World, Death Comes for the Archbishop (not my favourite of hers though) and House of Mirth. I’m thinking maybe I should give Beowulf a go as it seems to be popular.

    1. So many good books to look forward to! That’s good to know. I’ve read Beowulf before and don’t remember it well enough to recall how well I liked it, but it certainly does seem a popular choice.

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